Tech Explorations Summit
Sponsor information pack

Thank you for considering being a sponsor of the Tech Explorations Summit, 2019.


Being a sponsor is a great opportunity to promote your business and products to thousands of people from around the world who have a strong interest in Maker Education, STEM Education, electronics, engineering, programming, DIY.


The Tech Explorations Summit is organised as a "virtual summit". A virtual summit is the online version of a traditional conference. The biggest difference between a virtual summit and an online conference is that a virtual summit takes place on the web, and is totally free to attend live, by any registered person with an Internet connection.


This means that unlike traditional conference, a virtual summit can draw a large number of attendees.


This page describes the available sponsorship opportunities. 


If you have any questions, please send us an email. The address is support [at] txplore.com. Please start the subject line with "[Summit sponsor]" (square brackets included).

About

What is this summit about?

This summit is an opportunity for Makers and Educators to come together and present their work and learn from each other. 


The objectives of the Summit are:

  1. 1
    To introduce attendees to practical skills and technologies relevant to their interests (see Who is the target audience for more information on the attendees).
  2. 2
    To highlight and promote the work of Makers and Educators who are Speakers in the event.
  3. 3
    To help create a world-wide community of Makers and Educators who will continue to learn from each other and support each other after the Summit is finished.

Why is this summit important?

Our motto is:

"Make the change you want to see in the World".

Yes, you have probably heard of the original variant "Be the change you want to see in the world.".


Makers are about using their learnings to create things that enhance their lives in some way (solving problems, having fun).


Makers also impact others through the things they create and their way they live their lives. Makers are self-driven, hungry for new technical and scientific knowledge, and relentless problem solvers.


Through this Summit, we want to give Makers from around the world to learn from each other, inspire each other, and get to know each other without any geographical and financial limitations.

How does it work?

The Tech Explorations Summit operates as a "virtual summit". A virtual summit is like a traditional conference, but instead of running in a physical conference center where attendees have to travel to, it runs online and is accessed by the attendees using an Internet connected computer.


Attendees will register for a ticket. This ticket is free, and allows the attendee to access the broadcast of the Summit presentations via a special URL. Registration is required in order to plan and provide sufficient resources for the video livestream. The software that handles this aspect of the Summit has a maximum capacity. Knowing how many attendees are likely to need access to the livestream will enable us to ensure that sufficient capacity will be provided.


Speakers will record their presentations ahead of the Summit. This way we can avoid last minute technical or otherwise glitches that can cause problems to a live event. The recorded videos will be broadcasted to the registered attendees on schedule.


Sponsors will provide financial or "in-kind" support to the Summit. This support is essential to lower the cost of delivering the Summit, and to make it accessible for as many people as possible. Sponsors will be acknowledged for the contribution in a special Sponsor page, and (depending on their sponsor level) in the Summit materials (videos, downloadable materials, presentation pages).

Who is the host?

Dr Peter Dalmaris is an Electrical Engineer, and University lecturer turned online educator and Maker.


Peter is the author of Maker Education Revolution, a book that explains how the principles embedded in Maker Education can help to transform education in the 21st century.


As founder of Tech Explorations since 2013, Peter has been working relentlessly to implement his vision of affordable and high-quality technology education to the World.

Since his first Arduino course, Peter has helped over 80,000 Makers from 172 countries to enjoy learning and making electronic gadgets through his video courses and books.


Peter is also the host of Stemiverse Podcast and the Tech Explorations Podcast, in which he interviews STEM Educators and Makers about education and their technology adventures.

When will it take place?

The start date of the Tech Explorations Summit is set for Saturday, December 7, 2019.


Its duration will be seven days.

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How many speakers will there be?

At the time of writing this information pack, 20 speakers have confirmed their participation. We are awaiting formal confirmation from a further 5 speakers. 


The summit will take place over seven days.


Each day there will be three live-streamed presentations, open and free to all registered attendees.

20-25 speakers

7 days

Where will it take place?

On the Web! 


A virtual Summit is a conference that takes place online. Instead of travelling to a conference centre, attendees can simply get a cup of coffee, block out a couple of days at home, and sit in front of their computer to watch and participate in the conference presentations.

Who is the target audience?

The Summit target audience consists of people who self-identify as Makers.


This is a diverse group of people with a wide range of ages, educational and professional background. They come from all over the world. Makers also have diverse special interests and like to create things using electronics, plastic, wood and metal, as well as programming languages and the Internet of Things.


Within the wide group of people we call "Makers", we can identify are three special and relatively homogenous subgroups:

  1. 1
    STEM Teachers, who have the aforementioned special interests, but are also educators themselves, with the responsibility of teaching others. For them, Making and Teaching overlap.
  2. 2
    STEM Students, who are naturally Makers, but also have a more formal engagement with Making activities through their educational institution programs.
  3. 3
    Engineers, or people with a technical professional background, who like to make things in their spare time but are also employed in some capacity in a relevant field.

Who are the speakers?

Below is a list of confirmed Speakers:

• Zafar Iqbal, MakerFare veteran
• Vladimir Mariano, 3D printing expert
• Richard Park, Network Engineer and Educator
• Eugene Andruszczenko, Technologist and ESP32 expert
• Kevin Burgin, Analog music design engineer
• Jordan Christman, FPGA expert
• Alain Pannetrat, Doctor in Applied cryptography and Founder of Omzlo
• Richard Kolk, Embedded systems engineer at Altair
• Jorge DeSousa Pires, Educator and Maker
• Simon Gao, PCBWay
• Dr Karsten Schulz, engineer, computer scientist, and educator.
• Benoît Blanchon, Engineer and author.
• Kieran Nolan, Int. Speaker, Mentor, Blockchain Expert, entrepreneur.
• Mark Wilson, software engineer, Maker
• Jon Evans, software engineer
• Norman Pirollo, software engineer and woodworking instructor
• James Zaki, Engineering, Computer Scientist, and Blockchain expert.
• Gil Poznanski, inspiring speaker educator and Maker.
• Marco Schwarz, Maker, educator, entrepreneur.

What are the topics that will be covered?

We are working at the details of each presentation, however the following broad topics are indicative of what our Speakers will present:


• How to use CAN bus to connect lots of devices
• How PCBs are made in the factory so you can design better boards
• How to serialise and deserialise data with an Arduino (must-know for IoT applications)
• How to use the Blockchain to record your work and share with others
• How to make an Arduino FlipClock (with awesome animations)!
• How to contribute to an open source project even if you are not a programmer
• How to get started with woodworking without power tools
• How to research, develop and document you projects
• How to build a video game based on the ESP32
• How to get started with FPGAs
• How to use Altair Embed and create industrial microcontroller application
• How to use the Helium platform for your next IoT mega (or mini) project
• How CPUs work, and what is the magic that is happening inside a microprocessor (exposed)
• How to get started with 3D printing

What is the expected attendance?

We expect that between 10,000 and 20,000 attendees will register and watch our live-streamed summit presentations.

How much will it cost to attend?

Attendees can register and attend the Summit live for free. 


If attendees wish to re-watch the presentations after the end of the Summit, they will need to purchase a Full Access pass.


A Full Access pass entitles the customer to access all presentation videos, with no expiry. Full Access privileges also contain bonuses and special offers that are not available to free-view attendees.

$0 Livestream

~$25 Full Access

Sponsor FAQ

Why should you be a sponsor?

This Summit will attract a large number of people who are potential customers (or, perhaps, already a customer) of your business.


It is an excellent opportunity for them to learn new skills and spawn new project ideas.

But what does this mean for you?


As a business dedicated to creating tools, services, hardware and leadership to the engineering, Maker-DIY and education community, you have a strong interest in being perceived as a market leader, not only to act as one. 


Being a sponsor of the first-ever Virtual Summit dedicated to Makers and Maker Education, you have the opportunity of being at the forefront. 

  1. 1
    Brand visibility: a business must not only be excellent in what it does; it must also be seen as an innovating and caring participant in the community.
  2. 2
    Consumer perception: because of modern marketing hyperactivity, consumers suffer from severe attention deficit disorder. This summit is designed to help attendees to focus on a specific program for its duration. This is a perfect opportunity for a small number of sponsors to create a positive consumer perception, in a quiet and safe learning environment.
  3. 3
    Lead generation: All attendees to this Summit will be qualified, warm leads for your business. These are people who have already been selected by the summit organiser marketing process to be interested in the summit content. They have signalled their interest by making the time to attend the presentations, and/or purchasing a Full-Access Pass. 
  4. 4
    Community goodwill: A growing and thriving business stands aside from the rest by being involved in community events. Cultivating the image of a business that cares about the community is, perhaps, the most important benefit of being a Summit Sponsor.

How can a sponsor provide value to the participants?

A sponsor can provide value to the Summit participants simply by being a Sponsor.


The Sponsor contributions lower the cost of development and make it possible for many more people to attend than it would otherwise be the case.


In addition, Sponsor can provide benefits to attendees in these ways:

  1. 1
    Giveaways: Offer free bonuses, in the form of downloadable content (such as PDF documents), 
  2. 2
    You can provide free bonus content in the form of PDF documents, video recordings, or cheatsheets, to name a few possibilities. These bonuses are free for the attendee to get during the Summit and use after the Summit. This way, the value you provide to the attendee is enduring and you remain to be connected with them.
  3. 3
    You can provide special offers to paid products, like online courses, books and ebooks, consultation sessions and more. With these special offers, you can raise revenue directly as a result of your participation to the Summit. 
  4. 4
    For attendees that have purchased a Full-Access Pass, your can provide special bonuses and offers that are not available to anyone else. This is a way to provide value to those attendees that are prepared to pay. These attendees are typically working on a particularly hard or pressing problem, and need more specialised advise and assistance. They need your help! This is also a way for you to raise additional revenue.

How will this Summit be promoted?

The organiser, Tech Explorations, will promote this Summit through these channels:


1. Through blog posts that provide information about the Summit, the Speakers, and the benefits for attendees.

2. Through social media posts.

3. Through announcements to our email subscribers (over 15,000 subscribers).

4. Through the efforts of Speakers, Affiliates and Sponsors, who will also promote the Summit to their followers and subscribers.

3. Through paid advertising on platforms such as Facebook, Google and Bing.


The promotional effort will begin 3 months before the Summit start.


It will peak with paid advertising two weeks before the start of the Summit.

What are the available sponsorship levels?

There are three sponsorship levels. Please note that for the higher levels, there is a limited number of sponsors that can be accepted.

Platinum

Acknowledgement 

500 words that describe your company, its products is and how you support the Maker community. A logo in PNG format.

Branding

1. A summit badge that you can embed on your website that acknowledges your company as “Platinum Sponsor”


2. Your company name and logo on the Tech Explorations Summit 2019 website in our list of Sponsors, acknowledged as a "Platinum Sponsor".


3. Your company name and logo in the Summit presentation pages.


4. Your company logo on all presentation videos, both live-streamed and for Full-Access pass-holders.


5. “Sponsor” email that lists our sponsors and their offers will go out to all attendees 2 days before the Summit start.


6. Promotional dedicated email to present your company to the Tech Explorations email list with your copy, send 2-4 weeks after the Summit.


7. Logo placement at the bottom of the daily summit emails.

Showcase

Opportunity to promote up to 2 of your products in a special Summit products page. These products must be relevant to the Summit topics.

Email to Summit attendees

Be included in an email to all summit attendees two days prior to the summit start. This email will introduce the sponsors and their contribution as Summit supporters. An offer from the sponsor can be included in this email.

Email to Tech Explorations audience

Be included in an email to all Tech Explorations audience seven days after the summit ends. The sponsor may provide the copy.

Cost 

US$2000

Limit 

1

Gold

Acknowledgement 

300 words that describe your company, its products is and how you support the Maker community. A logo in PNG format.

Branding

1. A summit badge that you can embed on your website that acknowledges your company as “Gold Sponsor”.


2. Your company name and logo on the Tech Explorations Summit 2019 website in our list of Sponsors, acknowledged as a "Gold Sponsor"..


3. Your company name and logo in the Summit presentation pages.







4. “Sponsor” email that lists our sponsors and their offers will go out to all attendees 2 days before the Summit start.


5. Promotional dedicated email to present your company to the Tech Explorations email list with your copy, send 2-4 weeks after the Summit.


6. Logo placement at the bottom of the daily summit emails.

Showcase

Opportunity to promote up to 1 of your products in a special Summit products page. These products must be relevant to the Summit topics.

Email to Summit attendees

Be included in an email to all summit attendees two days prior to the summit start. This email will introduce the sponsors and their contribution as Summit supporters. An offer from the sponsor can be included in this email.







Cost 

US$1000

Limit 

3

Bronze

Acknowledgement 

200 words that describe your company, its products is and how you support the Maker community. A logo in PNG format.

Branding

1. A summit badge that you can embed on your website that acknowledges your company as “Bronze Sponsor”.


2. Your company name and logo on the Tech Explorations Summit 2019 website in our list of Sponsors.
























Showcase


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Cost 

US$200

Limit 

Unlimited

Can you promote your products or services to the Summit attendees?

Yes.


Depending on the Sponsor level you have chosen you can promote up to 10 products in a special product page that will be accessible by all Summit attendees. 


Only catch: The product(s) you wish to promote as a sponsor must be relevant to the Summit presentation topics.

How can you promote this summit to you customers?

Of course.


In fact, we believe that it will be a lost opportunity to connect with your customers if you don't. 


Once your Sponsorship is confirmed and your details appear in the sponsor's page, you can start the promotion of the Summit and of your contribution to your customers.


You can also take advantage of the free All-Access Passes that come with all Sponsor levels to organise special evens (such as ruffles and competitions) for the purpose of handing out those passes to your customers.


Will you have full access to the Summit content after the end of the event?

Yes!


As a sponsor, you are entitled up to three Full-Access Passes for your staff (the number depends on the your Sponsor level). 


This is one of the benefits for being awesome :-)

Logistics

1: Your sponsor profile

All Summit Sponsors will have a public Sponsor profile in the Sponsors page.


Your Sponsor profile is extremely important: it contains the information about your business that attendees will use to learn about your business and its products.


Please take care to complete this form so that it reflect a high-quality image of your business as you want it to appear in the Sponsors page. If you need to make any changes after you submit it, just send us an email (support (at) txplore.com, with subject line "Sponsor info change request").

Makers Summit Sponsor Profile Form

Core Sponsor information

This is the core Summit Sponsor information.

We will use this information in our Sponsors page, and it will be accessible to the public.
This is the name of the Company representative.
Please use the same email address for all your communications related to the Summit.
For example: Director, Owner, Authorized representative, etc.
An invoice for the price of the Sponsor level you have chosen will be send to your email address.

Platinum: ​US$2000

Gold: ​US$1000

Bronze: ​US$100
Your company name, as you would like it to appear in the Sponsor page.
Tell us a few things about you. Around 300 words should be enough. Focus on things like qualifications, projects, and work you have done that is relevant to your role as a Summit Speaker.
Suggested size is 500x500 pixels.

Suggested format is PNG.

Maximum file size is 5MB.

Invoice details

To whom should we address and send the invoice?

2: Your sponsor product offers

Would you like to make a special offer for any of your products to the Summit attendees?

Your offers will be listed in a special Products page, open to all Summit attendees.

Makers Summit Sponsor Offers

Sponsor Offer Information

This form captures information about the products and special offers that you would like to offer to the Sponsor attendees.
Please use the same email address for all your communications related to the Summit.
Your company name, as you would like it to appear in the Sponsor page.

Your products and offers

Depending on your Sponsorship level, you can promote up to 10 products.

Platinum: 5 products

Gold: 3 products

Bronze: NA

Use the product number dropdown to assign an ID to each of your products.
This form will only allow you to submit one product at a time.
To submit additional product, please re-submit this form (once per product).
Give this product an ID number. Your first product should start with ID 1, the second with ID 2, and so on.
Tell us a few things about this product and offer. Limit 150 words.
The URL where the customer can access your product and special offer.
Suggested size is 500x500 pixels.

Suggested format is PNG.

Maximum file size is 5MB.

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