> The third code4lib conference was hosted in Portland, and the venue was a
> hotel. Costs were **much** higher in Portland, due mainly to the type of
> venue (hotel) and Portland being a larger city. To keep the registration
> fee at $125 (which I think it was, if memory serves me correctly), we
> needed to get $40k worth of sponsorships, which was about 4x the amount of
> either the previous two years. It was hectic and a bit nerve-wracking, but
> we hustled and worked hard and brought in the necessary sponsorships
> without the need to provide any special events - all of the sponsors we
> willing to sponsor us based on the general sponsorship levels that we've
> put out each year.
This is exactly what is going on in Seattle.
If we can attract $40K in sponsorships, the registration fee will be kept
low. But that gives people an idea of what is being dealt with in the
background as that works out to nearly $200 per attendee. Not trivial to do
in today's climate, but you can be sure everyone will try their best.