Sponsorship Prospectus

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 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
  • unconscious biases
  • 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
  • Scholarship tickets
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Live Captioning
  • Speaker honorariums
  • Freelance blogger, photographer, or sketchnoter
  • Accessibility improvements at venues
  • Inclusive, healthy meals and snacks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • After party/social

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Invoices must be paid in full before we can process your sponsorship. We prefer 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!

TIER Platinum

Provide a high-res logo a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the event and we'll order a professionally printed banner or poster for the podium. Alternatively, you can provide us with a banner sized to the podium with a white or black solid background.

Preferential placement based on level and date paid. Provide hiring/product announcement copy, maximum of 200 characters. This announcement will go out in the final email before the conference.

Preferential placement based on level and date paid. The job fair runs the entire length of the conference and is frequented by attendees throughout the day, though the busiest times are approximately every hour when we break as well as for an extended lunch. Arrive as early as an hour before registration opens to setup. We'll provide a 6ft table and two chairs. Bring any banners, displays, and monitors to place behind your table. All materials must fit securely behind your table to allow for unimpeded travel throughout the job fair area. All audio (including within videos) should be approved by AlterConf and be accompanied by appropriating captioning. The use of flashing imagery, scented products, or other disruptive devices or products is prohibited.

Preferential placement based on level and date paid. Your logo will be presented in the pre-roll of all videos published from the conference, which are available for free on our YouTube channel.

We want to help you optimize for swag that will be useful, low waste, and cause the recipients to think fondly about who gave it to them. When in doubt, opt for small items of high quality that won't be immediately thrown away. Branding that is simple and understated is preferred by our attendees. Swag popular with our attendees in the past has included:

  • popsockets
  • public transit card holder
  • webcam covers
  • gender pronoun pins (she/her, he/him, they/them, ask me!)
  • good quality reusable water bottles or coffee cups
  • fidget toys (spinners, cubes, roller chains, tops)
  • tiny first aid kits
  • Chibitronics paper circuit kits
  • temporary tattoos
  • branded tissue packs, hand sanitizer, chapstick, lotion
  • weather-appropriate items like mini-umbrellas, touch-screen gloves, and mini-sunscreen
  • snack packs or other food items (being careful to avoid major allergens OR having a range of options with clearly stated allergens)
  • good quality notebooks (we recommend Field Notes!) and nice pens
  • screen cleaning cloths
  • cable clips

Swag should not include:

  • any material that violates the AlterConf Code of Conduct
  • gendered items or other items that make assumptions about the identity of the recipient
  • offensive or sexualized imagery
  • any items that can be questionably construed as potential digital security issues like usb drives
  • large or heavy items
  • items that would be difficult to take through an airport or through border security
  • tshirts and other apparel (sizing and styling for a wide range of body shapes and sizes is difficult to get right)

Contribute items to our lunchtime giveaway. Winners are randomly selected from checked-in attendees. Popular past giveaways have included:

  • gift cards
  • high-capacity portable external batteries, especially when they're pre-charged
  • a set of social justice-focused books or a subscription to the Noir Reads book box
  • tablets
  • raspberry pi or other single-board computers/microcontrollers
  • Lilypad sewable e-textiles kit
  • Watercolor bot
  • tea/coffee or other gourmet food items (being careful to avoid major allergens)
  • a significant donation made to the charity of the winner's choice

Items can be branded, but should not include:

  • any material that violates the AlterConf Code of Conduct
  • coupons
  • gendered items or other items that make assumptions about the identity of the recipient
  • large or heavy items
  • items that would be difficult to take through an airport or through border security
  • offensive or sexualized imagery
  • alcohol
  • tshirts and other apparel (sizing and styling for a wide range of body shapes and sizes is difficult to get right)

  • Attendee email addresses or individual emails sent out to our mailing list
  • Sponsored speaking slots or stage pitches
  • Approval of the conference program
  • Disqualification of other potential sponsors individually or by market group.

 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

 About AlterConf


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.


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