At the Boston meetup, there was quite a bit of discussion about the value (or lack thereof) of holding sponsored talks and such.
For some context, Roel and I held a talk (not sponsored) at Javaland 2019 about maintaining an open source project for 10 years, and tidelift is one of the 7 lessons we present. If you’re interested, you can have a look, here: https://projectlombok.org/presentations/7lessons#29:00
We’d love to hear feedback about whether you think this kind of mention is a good idea, and if this way of presenting it is a way to share the message.
One bit of feedback I’d like to give ourselves here is that this is a very developer-oriented conference, so the call to action here is a bit muddy. Do we really expect a developer to talk to their boss and tell them to go call tidelift to set up a subscription?