Sponsorship opportunities for @AlterConf in Chicago!
Why Sponsor AlterConf?
AlterConf attracts a unique community of people from every identity group and level of experience in the tech and gaming industries to help you reach an incredibly diverse audience you won’t see anywhere else. What does that mean for you? Gain access to cutting edge approaches and conversations around:
diverse recruiting and hiring
inclusive employment policies
fostering a creative and healthy culture
building products and services for a wider audience
increasing social and cultural competency
unlearning harmful stereotypes
developing an empathetic vocabulary
understanding the current and historical disadvantages faced by marginalized people
Are you looking for a diverse pool of candidates for an open job position? With your sponsorship, you can advertise roles, meet potential candidates, and even interview them on the spot!
Meanwhile, your sponsorship of AlterConf shows your company’s commitment to building a more inclusive industry, community, and company. Your public support strengthens your company’s relationship with marginalized communities, which positively influences their view of your product and employment with your company. Proudly sponsor items we’re leading the way in providing at tech and gaming conferences:
Free professional childcare
Sign language interpreters
Freelance blogger, photographer, or sketchnoter
Accessibility improvements at venues
Inclusive, healthy meals and snacks
Attendees & Reach
Attendance by Demographic
All genders, races and ethnicities, abilities
Wide range of economic classes
Ages 18-55, often with youth present
Attendance by Role
80%+ have 2 years or more experience specifically in engineering/programming/development and design
10% are founders, c-level execs, owners, management, recruiting and hiring staff
≤5% are college students or younger
≤5% writers, marketers, activists, and more
AlterConf was created in 2014, borne from the need of a space to push past simplifications around inclusivity and beyond 101-level discussions of diversity. The conferences are not-for-profit and held in cities worldwide. Each AlterConf brings together marginalized people to critically examine the culture within the tech and gaming industries, while building strength and resolve toward a more inclusive future.
AlterConf gifts speakers an honorarium and works primarily with vendors owned by marginalized individuals. This means your sponsorship supports not just AlterConf, but local marginalized communities and their work.
AlterConf has a code of conduct which all sponsors, speakers, volunteers, and attendees must follow.
AlterConf was created and is organized by Ashe Dryden, one of the foremost voices in diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Her long-form articles on open source and ethics, diverse engineering teams, and more are widely read and referenced. Her work has been featured in publications like The New York Times, Scientific American, Wired, NPR, and more. Ashe is a 2015 White House LGBTQ Tech & Innovation Fellow, is a prolific conference speaker, and trusted expert on diversity in inclusion who’s been engaged for diversity consulting services with companies like Stripe, Heroku, Wikipedia, Asana, npm js, and Foursquare.
Invoices must be paid in full before we can process your sponsorship. We payments by credit card or wire/ACH, but will also accept checks.
Have an interesting idea for sponsorship not featured here? Reach out to us and we’ll collaborate to create something uniquely you!
All costs based on exchange rates from USD as well as cost of living on date of invoicing; prices listed here are estimates
Tanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, which is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. I Need Diverse Games serves the community by supporting marginalized developers attend the Game Developer Conference by participating in the GDC Scholarship program, helps assist attendance at other industry events, and is seeking partnership with organizations and initiatives.
Tanya is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, and wants to make it better and more inclusive for everyone. She founded and was the EIC of Fresh Out of Tokens podcast where games culture was discussed and viewed through a lense of feminism, intersectionality and diversity. Now she’s a co-host on Spawn on Me Podcast. Along with all of that, she’s the Programming Coordinator for OrcaCon, she often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at multiple conventions throughout the year. Her writing about games and games critique appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Wiscon Chronicles, Vice Gaming, Paste Games, Mic, and other publications.
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