One goal of the IllinoisJUG is to allow developers to meet, discuss and learn from our regularly scheduled presentations. These meetings are a fantastic opportunity to connect or network with recruiters and employers in the Illinois tech industry, if one is so inclined. Benefits of this symbiotic relationship between developers and recruiters includes career opportunities, different event hosting locations, raffles, freebies and discounts. IllinoisJUG is looking for sponsorship to help us create bigger and better events for the developer community, including the ability to invite guest speakers from outside of Chicago.
If you are a Java professional you should expect to see more benefits from future IllinoisJUG activities and the quality of our presentation events. There will be “rules of engagement” between our paying sponsors and you as a member, in general we don’t want members to be overwhelmed by sponsors, so we try to make attendance to this portion of the event separate and optional.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor we are offering multiple levels of privileges (shared or exclusive) such as speaking or presenting briefly at a meeting, emailing the user list, hosting opportunities and other advertising or marketing opportunities through IllinoisJUG.
Based on feedback from our members, attendees, and sponsors, they have asked us to eliminate any sponsor attendee’s that are not paid sponsors. Thus we have a policy of not allowing non-paid sponsors to attend, they will be asked to leave.
Gold Level ($2,500 or board approved equivalent of goods and services to IllinoisJUG.)
Silver Level ($ 1,000 or board approved equivalent of goods and services to IllinoisJUG.)
Bronze Level ($ 500 or board approved equivalent of goods and services to IllinoisJUG.)
Sponsors What to expect?
You should plan on helping during the pre-presentation period by passing out “Meeting Attendee” (aka HELLO) badges to attendees. This should start about 45 minutes before the event start time. This will allow you to talk to prospective attendee’s and also figure out if they are “interested in new opportunities” since you will remind them to check the "Interested In New Opportunities" checkbox if they are interested in jobs. It is acceptable for a paid sponsor to pass them a business card and exchange contact information at this time, however we ask that it be kept informal and attempt to avoid the awkward uncomfortable interview questions at that time. Ask any IllinoisJUG Board member for the badges and pens and feel free to walk around and ask attendees to fill them out. This pre-presentation is your best chance to meet prospective candidates for employment.
Of course feel free to get some food and drinks, but consider waiting till all the attendee’s are ‘badged’. Relax during the presentation, or grab some food then, it might be kinda boring for non-technies, but its only a hour.
IllinoisJUG operates on a “Sponsor Paid Model”, meaning we rely on Sponsors to fund the non-profit activities, which amount to over $ 1,000 per meeting. This model, chosen by Board Members and Attendees, requires that we charge for sponsor attendance. Sponsors have made it very clear, they will only pay if we prevent “free loaders” from attending and doing sponsor activities without paying. Non-paying sponsors attempting any sponsor like activity (example: recruiting) will be asked to leave, if you see any issues, please point them out to a Board Member and we can have security escort them out.
Timetable Details. Generally 45 minutes before attendees begin to arrive. Experience has noted that about 205 to 40% of attendees signed up will not show up depending on weather, time of year/month/day, and personal/corporate commitments (ex: year-end/month-end tend to be higher no shows). They are checked-in, badged and move to the presentation area. About 15 minutes after official start time the presentation will start, Sponsor companies are permitted to say a few words about there company, please speak to a IllinoisJUG member to discuss timing, subject and approach if desired. The presentation lasts anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes. Post presentation is an optional socializing period that can occur on-site or at a bar depending on Sponsorship.
Post-event Socializing Sponsorship