I’m finally getting around to doing a bit of a post-mortem for the 2017 edition of GUADEC that we held in Manchester this year. Let’s start with some statistics!
GUADEC 2017 had…
- 264 registrations (up from 186 last year)
- 209 attendees (up from 160 last year)
- 72 people staying at the University (30 of whom had sponsorship awarded by the travel committee)
- 7 people who were sadly unable to attend because their visa application was refused at the last minute
We put four optional questions on the registration form asking for your country of residence, your age, your gender identity and how you first heard about GUADEC. The full set of responses (anonymous, of course) is available here.
I don’t plan to do much data mining of this, but here are some interesting stats:
- 61 attendees said they are resident in the UK, roughly 32%.
- The most common age of attendees was 35 (the full age range was between 11 years and 65 years)
- 14 attendees said they heard about the conference through working at Codethink
We asked for an optional, “pay as you feel” donation towards the costs of the conference at registration time and we suggested payments of £15/€15 for students, £40/€40 for hobbyists and £150/€150 for professionals.
- 47 attendees (22%) chose to donate nothing
- 29 attendees (13%) chose 1-15
- 75 attendees (36%) chose 16-40
- 51 attendees (24%) chose >40
- 7 attendees somehow chose “NULL” (I think these were on-site registrations, which followed a different process)
Note that we told Codethink staff that they shouldn’t feel required to donate from their company-provided conference budget as Codethink was already sponsoring at Platinum level, which should account for 15 or more of the people who chose to donate nothing with their registration.
The financial side of things is tricky for me to summarize as the sponsor money and registration donations mostly went straight to the Foundation’s bank account, which I don’t have access to. The fluctionation of GBP against the US dollar makes my own budget spreadsheet even less reliable,but I estimate that we raised around $10,000 USD for the GNOME Foundation from GUADEC 2017. This is of course only possible due to the generosity of our sponsors, and through the great work that Alberto and Neil did in this area.
My van did 94 miles around Manchester during the week of GUADEC. My house is only 4 miles from the centre so this is surprisingly high!