[libreoffice-conference] Travel bursaries for LibOCon

Posted by Florian Effenberger Florian Effenberger
Dear Community,

this is to inform you about travel bursaries for the LibreOffice Conference.

We are trying to enable as many contributors as possible to join us in
Berlin, to meet their community friends, to listen to exciting lectures,
and to work on the future of the best free office suite, LibreOffice.

Unfortunately, we are a rather young foundation, depending on donations,
with a budget of currently 20.000 € for the rest of the year. [1]
Therefore, we are right now working hard on getting sponsors for our
conference, and expect large parts of their donations to go into the
travel funding budget. As of today, while there are several interested
sponsors, no contracts have been signed yet, so we cannot estimate the
concrete amount of money available.

Nontheless, we strongly recommend that all interested participants book
their trip and hotel already now, as prices tend to grow massively over
time. Waiting for a funding confirmation might eventually lead to travel
fees we can't cover anymore.

Be aware that we cannot make any guarantees about travel funding as of
today, so if you book, take into account that you have to cover all
costs on your own. We give our best, however, to make things clear as
soon as possible.

A possible travel funding is primarily dedicated to get those to Berlin
who otherwise would not be able to attend, and who are contributors to
our community, like conference speakers, project members, and
organizers. If you have any other means to join the conference, like
sponsoring via your employer, a local association, or paying out of your
own pocket, we ask you to take advantage of this and try it out before,
to enable those in need to be funded.

TDF already has a travel policy in place [2], and we expect that the
notion will be very similar. Based on the experience from previous
years, we are most likely to cap the individual funding per eligible
person, so that an economic travel and economic stay in the hotel during
the days of the LibOCon can be covered. In case there are much more
requests than available money, travel funding might only be granted
partially, to at least cover parts of everyone's expenses.

Legal disclaimer: Be advised there is no legal obligation from our side
to pay any travel funding. It is a sole decision of the board, and
depends on available financial means.

We hope to be able to see all of you in Berlin, and help those who
cannot afford on their own to get there - we're working hard on that
every day, and will share any news we have!

On behalf of the organizers


[2] http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/TDF/Policies/Travel

Florian Effenberger, Chairman of the Board (Vorstandsvorsitzender)
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