Proposal “conf-dashcoregroup-032018“ (Closed)Back

Title:Core Team Conferences (March)
Owner:babygiraffe
One-time payment: 653 DASH (39207 USD)
Completed payments: 1 totaling in 653 DASH (0 month remaining)
Payment start/end: 2018-02-17 / 2018-03-19 (added on 2018-02-21)
Votes: 957 Yes / 116 No / 1 Abstain

Proposal description

This proposal is cross posted from the Dash Forum



This proposal would fund the Dash Core Group conference sponsorship for MPE Berlin, and a global package of sponsorships for Money20/20, including the 2018 Asia, Europe, and Americas events.

Conferences have proven to provide some of our best business development opportunity sources, and we've learned a great deal over the past conference season about what types of conferences make the most fruitful investments. In order to extend our reach beyond the cryptocurrency sphere, we are planning ahead our conference participation for 2018 and will be posting proposals in the next 2-3 months to fully fund Dash Core Group's proposed schedule.

Over the past couple of years, we've experimented with different conference types, including conferences focused on cryptocurrency, trading, internet of things, decentralization, and payments. By far, the most successful conferences leading to tangible integration opportunities have been payment-oriented conferences, so we plan to reorient our time, energy, and funding toward those conferences.

This proposal includes a sponsorship for the three confirmed events organized by Money 20/20. Last year participation in Money20/20 USA was our most fruitful conference, so we have decided to expand our involvement and increase our visibility. We have negotiated a global sponsorship package with the Money20/20 organizers, which is the first global sponsorship they have signed to date. It includes Asia (Singapore, March 2018), Europe (Amsterdam, June 2018) and US (Las Vegas, October 2018). They will most certainly do an event in China in November that is not included in the proposal, but we will address that in the future as the details are finalized. The cost of that will be included in another proposal should we decide to participate.

Also included in this proposal is our participation in MPE Berlin, that is a payments focused conference that is taking place this week. Two teams members are there (Robert Wiecko and Holger Schinzel), along with Jan Meyer from the D-A-CH Dash Embassy and Wachsman PR onsite support. The meetings that we have secured ahead of time make us very optimistic about future integrations originated here. Although we already paid for this conference earlier in the month, our conferences budget buffer is sufficiently depleted to warrant a replenishment.

Details of the conferences included in this proposal are below. In the next few weeks we expect to complete a few more agreements for other events and we’ll do a new proposal for those in the next cycle.

Money 20/20 global sponsorship

Speaking slots are not tied to sponsorships, but we will get one almost certainly in all events. We have had detailed discussions concerning specific speaking opportunities, and the agenda organizers are excited by our proposed content. Bradley Zastrow - our Director of Global Business Development - is confirmed to speak at Money20/20 Asia.

Money 20/20 Asia – Singapore, March 13-15 2018
https://asia.money2020.com/

Three star sponsorship, which includes a 6x6m booth and 8 passes.

Fee: 52,000 USD
Booth construction + Merch: 12,000 USD
Travel: 25,000 USD (5 x 5,000 USD)
Total:  89,000 USD

Money 20/20 Europe – Amsterdam, June 4-6 2018
https://europe.money2020.com/

Three star sponsorship, which includes a 6x6m booth, 8 passes and an insert in the delegates bag.

Fee: 71,000 USD (57,500 EUR)
Booth construction + Merch: 12,000 USD
Travel: 10,000 USD (5 x 2,000 USD)
Wachsman on site media and booth support: 7,000 USD
Total: 100,000 USD

Money 20/20 USA – Las Vegas, October 21-24 2018
https://us.money2020.com/

Five star sponsorship, which includes a 20x40 feet booth, 20 passes and a big banner at the entrance to the conference hall.

Fee: 153,000 USD
Booth construction + Merch: 30,000 USD
Travel: 36,000 USD (12 x 3,000 USD)
Wachsman on site media and booth support: 15,000 USD
Total: 234,000 USD

MPE Berlin – Berlin, February 20-22 2018
https://www.merchantpaymentsecosystem.com/

This conference is new for us, but it was highly recommended by BlockCypher. It is focused on payments, but it has crypto content. We believe that is the best combination for opportunity generation.

We are doing a Silver Sponsorship. This entitles us to a speech and a panel participation, a 5x3m booth, 3 conference passes and some other smaller benefits (branding everywhere, list of attendees…)

Fee: 26,400 USD (21,400 EUR)
Booth customization + Merch: 6,300 USD
Wachsman on site: 7,000 USD
Travel: 4,500 USD (3 x 1,500 USD)
Total: 44,200 USD

Grand total = $467,200 USD

Requested funding is as follows for the March 4th budget cycle:

  • $423,000 USD for Money20/20 global contract
  • $44,200 USD for MPE Berlin
  • 5.00 Dash proposal reimbursement
Total: 653.19 Dash (@720.78 Dash / USD)

Note: Should any funding remain, we will apply it toward future conference expenses.

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Discussion: Should we fund this proposal?

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0 points,4 years ago
Costa Rica voting YES
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0 points,4 years ago
MNO Australia.
Voting YES. Non-crypto based financial conferences. Great.
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1 point,5 years ago
Yes
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1 point,5 years ago
The previous Money 20/20 has been a success and the value we gout out of it was well reported.
I am willing to approve more of what worked well.
Global Sponsorship? Yep - "Dash can afford this."
Voting yes.
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2 points,5 years ago
Yes! I totally agree that conferences are very important! Thank you and core team for great work for Dash! :)
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-2 points,5 years ago
I really hope that the venue is really boring after last time's experience..
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1 point,5 years ago
Fernado, if you're in charge of handling conferences. What was your connection to BTC Miami, and will you take any ownership of the PR disaster that was the strip club in Miami that Dash inadvertently sponsored.

https://www.dotemirates.com/en/details/104363608?from=dot
http://www.businessinsider.com/a-bitcoin-conference-held-an-event-at-a-miami-strip-club-and-you-can-guess-what-happened-next-2018-2
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-02-01/a-bitcoin-conference-rented-a-miami-strip-club-regrets-ensued
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/913939/bitcoin-conference-cryptocurrency-north-america-miami-strip-club
https://dealbreaker.com/2018/02/attendees-at-crypto-conference-held-in-strip-club-use-the-old-we-like-boobs-defense/
https://www.axios.com/bitcoin-conference-stripclub-1516983254-35e78aad-ee30-4872-bfe6-13190dd46061.html

Even if it was inadvertent, I saw Ryan take ownership but I didn't see you say anything about it and now you're back, hawking another conference.
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0 points,4 years ago
I don't expect core to take responsibility. If anything dash should sue the organizers for damages as nobody was told prior that this type of event would be happening. I looked at the events online and had no indication other than the 21+ requirement which i thought was about alcohol. If you wan't to hold someone accountable get the lawyers out.
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3 points,5 years ago
Ryan is the CEO of Dash Core. If he takes responsibility — then it goes for everybody under him. Frankly, this is how most organizations behave and I don’t know why Core needs to do something different.

Not to mention that something like Money 20/20 is in a completely different universe compared to a shoddy Bitcoin conference run by Keynote.
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0 points,5 years ago
This was a total disaster..
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0 points,5 years ago
Hello Fernando, it's great to see that the focus is going to payments solutions. What have you thought about been in Latam conferences? (Besides the english language barrier, you could be a speaker). Would be great if you can do some presence down here! Best regards
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1 point,5 years ago
Gracias Alejandro! We are looking at a few and we will definitely do one or two this year. As soon as there is confirmation I will post about it.
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0 points,5 years ago
Hola Fernando! I just sent you an email about one of the biggest tech conference in Latin America. It is called 'TalentLand' and there will be 30,000 attendees. And this year blockchain is one of the main themes.
It is a great chance for Dash! I posted a pre-proposal(please see below) to sponsor this event but if Dash Core could manage, it will be so much better. I could pass all the contact and information I’ve gathered. And you will have all my support! Latam has been slow with Dash so far but let’s make something happen!

https://www.dash.org/forum/threads/dash-presence-at-talent-land-m%C3%A9xico-a-30k-attendees-tech-bussines-convention.29175/

*Thank you Alejandro to bring it up! :)
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0 points,5 years ago
Awesome. Looking forward to hear news from you. Thanks!
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1 point,5 years ago
easy yes
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0 points,5 years ago
Voting YES, selectively choosing money-specific campaigns is the way to go rather than just crypto conferences. Good luck Fernando and the DASH team. 100% behind you on this one.
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5 points,5 years ago
Big events, love to see this.
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1 point,5 years ago
This is the kind of thing we need to be doing more than anything. More partners, more integrations, more use cases, this is how we move forward.
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3 points,5 years ago
Nice breakdown, sounds like an exciting year. What media outlets will be covering Dash's appearances?
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0 points,5 years ago
All that we can get, we love attention and never say no :)
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1 point,5 years ago
Very good that Core is stepping up more efforts to show up in Europe. We from the Dash Embassy D-A-CH will support you at any event here. :-)
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1 point,5 years ago
Thanks! Beware what you offer, we'll ask for help in D-A-CH and in any other event less than 10k km away from your zone :)
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0 points,5 years ago
Voting yes on this proposal.
And also would like it very much if the MN owners who gave this proposal 50 "no" votes so far, give a short reason why.
I only see positive comments.
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1 point,5 years ago
It looks like 45 of those votes came from the same person. I also would love to know more because I'm sure there are some good reasons behind that, but of course he doesn't have to say anything and just by voting he is doing a service to the project. I definitely prefer opposition to apathy.
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0 points,5 years ago
Slam dunk, easy yeses.
solarguy
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0 points,5 years ago
I think the decision to change the focus on type of conference is a success.
The year 2017 Bitcoin has put the entire crypto ecosystem in the global FinTech eye.
Now we have to show the world our product, network and community.
And if I think we have to focus on financial events rather than on crypto events.
Thanks for the proposal and the effort.
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1 point,5 years ago
Well, we will also do some blockchain events, we still get interesting connections in some of those. But you are totally right that now you can say cryptocurrency anywhere and people don't call an exorcist. We need to take advantage of that and go out our little bubble.
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1 point,5 years ago
So many big fintech players at these events. Great for Dash to be a presence as the world discusses the future of money.
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0 points,5 years ago
Is this a package deal?
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1 point,5 years ago
The three 2020 ones, yes. We got better conditions because we were sponsoring the three of them.
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-1 point,5 years ago
If anybody else posted this 7 days before the deadline, it would be voted down by a wide margin.
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1 point,5 years ago
Not exactly the case, I had a proposal in December that was submitted 4 days before and passed (wasn't my intention to cut it that close). 7 days is ok. Could be better (14 is nice), but worse has happened.
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-1 point,5 years ago
Fair enough. Worse has happened. But Core should know and do better.
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1 point,5 years ago
It's a balancing act. Early proposals are more prone to price fluctuations but late proposals can't be discussed for a long time.
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0 points,5 years ago
This is undeniably true. However core-independent proposal owners don't have the luxury (well, ok, maybe if you have Joel's status in the community) of submitting a big proposal late in the period and hoping of passing, so you have to admit it's a bit of a power play based on having Ryan's name on it.
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-1 point,5 years ago
Agreed we need to establish a deadline like 10 or 15 days before voting is submission deadline
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1 point,5 years ago
Some props don't need a lot of lead time. This one for example. It is completely uncontroversial. Plus, Core has some flexibility about when they might put a proposal in. If things are pretty full in a given treasury cycle, maybe they bump it to the next month. But you can't tell if the budget cycle is full until towards the end.
solarguy
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