The choice to run World IA Day Greece in a world-class venue on a tiny, beautiful island has attracted interest from a global audience, who has already pre-booked a large chunk of the venue seating, while thousands of others will be following the proceedings through our live streaming.
However, getting people and materials from the United States, Japan and all over Europe to Syros is a logistical challenge, involving many hidden costs. Travel and accommodation sponsors are sometimes willing and able to cover these costs by providing flight and room product. In the current climate, most of these sponsors were unwilling or unable to do so, citing financial limitations or requirements we could not fulfill – such as who should speak at the event and where the event should be relocated to (Athens rather than Syros).
Why not compromise?
There are various reasons behind our will to host the inaugural World IA Day Greece event in Syros, at the Apollon Theatre, with this speaker lineup. However, there is a single overarching chain of thought: this event is about experience design, shouldn’t we design it as an unforgettable experience?
What’s in it for you?
Well, for one, apart from the awesome perks listed on our Indiegogo campaign page, every contribution to this campaign is guaranteed entry to the event, even after the online ticket allocation is sold out (i.e. we have reserved some seats for you). Every contributor will be thanked on-screen in our opening and closing sessions (broadcast live for the entire world to see).
If you contribute to this campaign but are too far away to join us in Syros on February 15th, we promise you this: your name will echo through eternity using any analogue or digital medium at our disposal. You are great. You are good. You bring life, like no other could (you can also keep a low profile if you want, just let us know). We’ll get in touch for your address to mail you the perk corresponding to your contribution. You’ll have also earned yourself a new pen-pal for the holiday season.
Finally, if you made it that far but cannot contribute in money, why not contribute in kind? Speak to your friends about WIAD Greece, share this campaign using the Indiegogo tools, participate in our call for lightning talks and exhibitions, drop us a line to volunteer at the event, or simply create some good karma. The design universe will thank you for it!