W3C Allows Corporate Sponsors. Good Idea or Bad Idea?
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What Google bought:
- W3C Membership "Value Planning Session" with W3C Senior Staff
- Full day technology seminar
- Featured on Sponsor recognition page (logo, up to 500 words of text, and 3 images; replaces Silver version)
- Additional TPAC/AC benefis: no attendance fees for TPAC or AC meetings; Sponsor mention in press releases or media advisories; Table top display at social event.
- Identified as a sponsor for any Workshop that W3C organizes, up to 5 per year.
- All the silver package
Amount: 100K USD annually
What Adobe bought:
- Participation in W3C sponsored CIO round table and other special events
- Sponsor logo on W3C home page associated with special event sponsorships such as TPAC and AC meeting (limited time on home page)
- Featured on Sponsor recognition page (logo, up to 250 words of text, and 1 image)
- Designated W3C sponsor at annual TPAC and AC meetings (Logo on event material Web pages, signage, printed and electronic communications materials and on-screen during breaks)
- No registration fee at annual TPAC
- Identified as a sponsor for any Workshop that W3C organizes, up to 2 per year.
Amount: 50K USD annually
There is also a Platinum sponsorship that no one has gotten, which is surprising because these amounts look like chump change to companies like Google and Adobe.
The only question remaining is: Will the introduction of sponsorships (although they're small now) endanger the vendor-agnostic position of the W3C? I mean, they do already have developers from many of these large tech companies already in the group, so maybe not. But, is the W3C going down a slippery slope?