Sponsoring the W3C Blockchains and the Web Workshop

A W3C Workshop on Blockchains

29–30 June 2016, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Convergence of Blockchains and the Web

Blockchains and distributed ledgers have captured the imagination of innovators across many industries and government, opening up new capabilities for payments, smart contracts, identity, deeds, patents, correspondance, and anything a user might want to have as a verifiable claim on the public record. To complement W3C's work on Web Payments, we are seeking clear direction on what capabilities blockchains can bring to the Web, and what changes are needed to the Web Platform technology stack in order to enable and extend blockchains.

The goal of this workshop is to determine opportunities and timelines for blockchain standardization.

For more details on the conference, see the Blockchains and the Web Workshop page.

Sponsoring W3C's Blockchains and the Web Workshop shows leadership and helps move the dialog forward.

Why Sponsor This Workshop?

The cost to hold a workshop is about $8–15K. This includes costs for venue (including setup and custodial costs), AV requirements (optionally including recording), catering (lunch and breaks), materials, travel and staffing, and other considerations.

Most of the planning, coordination, agenda building, and writing outcome reports are done for no cost by W3C staff or volunteers. But without sponsorships, W3C cannot hold workshops.

If you see value in discussing possible standardization of distributed ledgers, and believe it will help your business, sponsoring is the best way to ensure that this conversation happens, and that you are seen as a leader and a forward-looking enabler of the technical evolution of the Web.

The more sponsorships we get, the better the amenities will be, including options like recording and transcription for spreading and preserving what was discussed, T-shirts for attendees, and better meals.

Sponsorship Packages

W3C has general guidelines for our workshop sponsorship. For the Blockchains and the Web workshop, we have 3 levels of sponsorship: Platinum, Gold, and Silver.

W3C Members get a 25% discount on all sponsorship packages; costs listed reflect the W3C Member discount.

All sponsorships offer the following considerations:

The deadline for becoming a sponsor is 9 June 2016.

Platinum Sponsorship: $7,500 USD ($10,000 USD for non-Members)

Platinum sponsors are listed prominently as major sponsors of the workshop.

The sponsor name and logo are featured on all on-site signage and printed materials.

Gold Sponsorship: $5,000 USD ($6,700 USD for non-Members)

Gold sponsors are listed as sponsors of the workshop.

The sponsor name and logo are included on all on-site signage and printed materials.

Silver Sponsorship: $3,000 USD ($4,000 USD for non-Members)

Silver sponsors are listed as additional sponsors of the workshop.

The sponsor name is listed on all on-site signage and printed materials.


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Becoming a Sponsor

W3C Workshops, meetups, and other events bring you into direct contact with leading Web technology experts: representatives from industry, research, government, and the developer community.

Whether your interests are focused on a particular topic being discussed by a Working Group, or you wish to reach a diverse international audience setting W3C's strategic direction, sponsorship helps your organization reach W3C's engaged participants.

Sponsorships offset a portion of our meeting costs, so W3C welcomes multiple sponsors for each event. All proposals for sponsorship are subject to W3C approval.

If you're interested in being a sponsor of the W3C Blockchains Workshop, please contact J. Alan Bird, Global Business Development Leader, at <abird@w3.org> or +1 617 253 7823.

For additional information, please visit the W3C sponsorship program.