Introduction

Similar to advocating for promotion, we are often also interested in partnering with others and co-organising events and workshops. As stated in the promotion guidelines, we support all initiatives and groups falling in line with our values. And while some just need promotional support (consult the guidelines about that), sometimes we can and want to help more! This document is meant to help clarify what we do and how we do it. ## Contributions

There are quite a few things that OpenTechSchool can help with - promoting an event is really just the smallest part. We are much bigger on the backend side of things:

Coaches

We have a huge network of coaches for various topics and in many fields all around the globe. If you can not scale up your event because you are missing more people helping you to coach others, give us a poke.

Materials

We also have a growing directory of learners material ready and available as open source. Feel free to use that without any further communication (although we would love to know where and when it gets used!). It is all licenced under Creative Commons Share-Alike and are happy for any feedback and/or pull-requests on our content.

Organisational Help

We are organising events all the time. We have experience and a huge network of supporters, especially when it comes to hands-on tech workshops. If you need help organising your event, we’re available to help out with logistics as well.

Diversity

We also have plenty of experience shaping events to make them more interesting for a more diverse audience and we’d love to help you on that part, too.

Naming / Branding

We do consider ourselves a supporting meta-community, which leads to the fact that we don’t require being an official part of event branding/sponsorship. We might ask for such, if the event wouldn’t be able to take place without our contribution but generally it is satisfactory that what OpenTechSchool has provided or contributed to the event is clearly made note of.

Any other mentioning of OpenTechSchool is of course highly appreciated and helps motivate to spread the word more, but isn’t required to be offically supported by us.

Unofficial support

Sometimes we may come to the conclusion that an event doesn’t follow our guidelines or we do not wish to officially support it/be named for other reasons. But that doesn’t mean our community are not allowed to still help, nor that they shouldn’t wish to. Maybe it is just a friend and you want to help out. And that is ok, just make clear that you are not doing it as an official OpenTechSchool representation and don’t use any official means of communication for that regard.

Requirements towards a partner

Aside from the official naming, make sure the partner is aware of the following:

If it is a co-partnered event also make sure that:

Promoting an event

The more involved and the more prominent, the more likely OpenTechSchool wants to promote an event, too. But just because there is an (un-)official partnership doesn’t mean that the partner has rights to determine what is promoted and how. The promotion and sponsorship and support guidelines still apply.

Decisions

Decisions who to partner with and which events to support lies in the hands of those doing it and the local team around it. If the event happens in Dortmund, it is decision of OTS’ Team Dortmund whether to lend support and in what way.

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