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We want to at least try getting sponsors. Sponsorship seems like a low-risk means of increasing our resources. Such a camp is very expensive to run if you have no starting capital to speak of, and no track record that could get you rebates.

In our discussions we agreed that the aim is not a corporate logo-storm of doom in order to get better schwag. We would like to limit any strong brand presence at the camp (vendor booths, talk slots) to very few companies that are very good fits. E.g. electronics manufacturers would be perfect, IT infrastructure providers, educational institutions, arts and culture NGOs, independent DIY-type companies, etc.

Besides standard sponsorship options (see below) we would like to identify specific projects that could be improved (or made possible) with external funding, and then match them up with the right company. E.g. an ambitious installation may be worth sponsoring, or an aspect of our camp infrastructure. This is beneficial to sponsors in that it provides a well-defined outcome.

Candidate Projects

A list of candidate projects that could benefit from funding, or are only possible with a sponsor. Please add a link to the project wiki page (don't use this page to provide project implementation details.)

  • A camp Badge
  • EMFM, the camp radio project
  • Internet
  • Materials and equipment for workshops (e.g. soldering irons)
  • ...

Structure of a sponsorship pack

  • Overview (what, who, etc)
  • Opportunities for sponsors: items that we would like to be funded (based on our budget, without mentioning costs)
  • What are the benefits to sponsors? (hard and soft)
  • Audiences, how will it be promoted, reach
  • Future possibilities (further events to come)

General advice

  • Look at crowdfunding applications for inspiration
  • Consider crowdfunding! (E.g. Sponsume in the UK)
  • Consider what should happen if there is a problem, up to and including cancellation of the event. Will the sponsorship still be paid ? In full ?
  • Don't guarantee a specific footfall. We hope to fill the event, at 500 people - but may not.

Companies to Approach

Companies and organisations to approach, along with any events they have sponsored in the past. Please sign your suggestion if you have contacts at the company so we know how to get in touch.

  • RS (Tweetcamp sponsor) - unofficially approached by AlisonW and asked to forward more info. Will follow-up.
  • Pachube (sponsored many events)
  • Memset (Kate Craig-Wood, Managing Director is a happy hacker, tinkering with many things...)
  • ...
  • Andrews and Arnold Drrk 14:23, 13 April 2012 (UTC)
  • Bytemark Hosting Drrk 14:23, 13 April 2012 (UTC)
    • Tim@BM already got in touch on the list
  • ARM (Universities Program) - Yuan
  • NXP - Yuan
  • Google
  • Arduino
  • Raspberry Pi


  • Find local companies in MK
    • Amazon have a huge distribution centre at M1 J13
    • Lumison (now own the BlueSquare MK data centre)
    • Open University
  • Speak to the local council
  • HE institutions, cultural institutes, embassies, ...?
  • Consider those sponsoring Over The Air at Bletchley Park

ideas to discuss

  • tech companies MK or London as part of a CSR package --Andistuder 16:44, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
  • IT Recruiting companies --Andistuder 16:44, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
  • public institutions Innovate UK, Nesta, Lottery (ACE, Awards4All) --Andistuder 16:44, 27 May 2012 (UTC)
  • media companies (Guardian, Oreilly, etc) --Andistuder 16:44, 27 May 2012 (UTC)

Sponsorship Package

Benefits to Sponsors

  • Details on Sponsor page on Website/Intranet
  • Talk Slot
  • Vendor Booth/Stall

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About the Event

Electromagnetic Field is a three-day camping festival for people with an inquisitive mind or an interest in making things: hackers, geeks, scientists, engineers, artists, and craftspeople.

A great gathering of specialists, enthusiasts, and newcomers from many disciplines, with talks and workshops on a wide range of subjects, and many opportunities to collaborate or have a drink with someone new.

A festival for anyone interested in 3D printing, DIYBio, knitting, electronics, Internet culture, space, lockpicking, homebrewing, robots, UAVs, mind hacking, radio, or pretty much anything else you can think of. EMF is a volunteer effort by a non-profit group, inspired by European and US hacker camps like CCC, HAR, and toorcamp.

Twitter: @emfcamp

The festival will be on 31st August - 2nd September 2012, just outside Milton Keynes, with capacity for up to 500 people.
Location details:

About the Team

EMF 2012 is a volunteer effort by a non-profit group with years of experience in community building and event management. We're well-connected and have a proven track record of getting things done. The team includes some of the founding members of the London Hackspace, the world's largest local hacker/makerspace, and founders and members of several other communities.

EMF 2012 is loosely inspired by European and US hacker camps like CCC, HAR, and toorcamp. We felt the UK was lacking a great camping festival that was not just about music, and we're keen to find out what it'll be like. This can only happen with the help of many supporters, we hope you can help us to make something great :)

Electromagnetic Field Ltd. is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales with company number 07788466.
Registered office: 2 Ockendon Mews, London N1 3JL

Opportunities for Sponsors

We are mainly looking for sponsors for specific camp projects, a list is provided below. This may entail both financial and in-kind support. While we do not seek a sponsor for the camp itself we are open to discuss any additional suggestions you may have.

TODO: Items that we would like to get funded, along with specific suggestions for sponsor involvement.


TODO: Audiences, how will it be promoted, reach

After just a few years of rapid growth there now are dozens of hackerspaces and makerspaces in the UK, with thousands of members. In addition there are countless other communities of craftsmen, artists, designers, engineers who are interested in the same DIY ethic, who are inquisitive, and keen to make things.

This large community still has few opportunities to meet up across disciplines and talk shop, socialise, meet new people, teach others and learn from others. Most events are small regional conferences and often focused on very specific themes.

This year we want to bring everyone together for a large UK-wide camping festival, the first of its kind.

Future Possibilities

TODO (further events to come)

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