Getting Support for your Satellite Event

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Event Support

We want to do everything we can to help you to pull off events. The first thing to do is get connected, follow us on twitter (here and here) and facebook where we’ll post updates. Once you’ve registered as a host we’ll add you to a group with all the other hosts to share ideas and keep you in the loop on the conference.

We can also provide you mentors from our organising committee, who will help support you further if you need it. Of course, you can always contact us directly with questions by emailing joe [at] On the day of OpenCon 2014, you’ll have a direct line to someone at the conference who’ll be able to ensure you’re not in the dark at any point.

We will also be hosting drop-in calls where you can ask questions about becoming a host or get support for hosting a satellite event you’re already planning.  The times for our scheduled drop-in calls are listed below along with links to join each.

9 -10am GMT+1 on Friday the 18th of July – Click to join (Google Hangout)Call notes

5 – 7pm GMT+1 on Thursday 24th of July – Click to join (Google Hangout)Call notes

8 – 10am GMT+1 on Wednesday 29th of July – Click to join (Google Hangout) Call notes

3 – 5am GMT+1 on Tuesday 5th of August – Click to join (Google Hangout)Call notes

5 – 7pm GMT+1 on Thursday 14th of August – Click to join (Google Hangout)Call notes

10 – 12am GMT+1 on Monday the 21th of August – Click to join (Google Hangout)Call notes

Publicity Support

A key worry about hosting events is always “will anyone turn up?”. It’s good to think very early about how you will advertise the event, both online and in the real world. We won’t leave you unsupported here though! Below is a selection of resources that we will provide in the coming weeks:


  • A web page for your event where you can sign people up, describe the event and provide key details. These will be included in the main OpenCon site. To request one of these head here.

  • Publicity through our social media accounts.

  • Professional, customisable posters which you can use on-campus.

  • Photos and graphics you can use on social media to advertise the event.

  • Any applicants from your area who cannot attend the main event in Washington DC will receive an email advertising the opportunity to attend your satellite event.

If you would like to request support from the OpenCon 2014 organizers, please fill in the form below and a representative will follow up with you shortly.

If there are other ways we can help, please let us know.