Thank you to all the sponsors!
While I can’t make CLS this year, as a long-time ApacheCon conference committee member, I know how important it is for open source communities to thank the various sponsors that help pay for events, hosting, and other services. It’s amazing how far a simple thank you - especially if you meet someone from a sponsoring company at an event - can go.
Yes, you may be like Apache and insist that sponsorship monies don’t translate to influence or leadership within your community; that’s fine. It’s still good to thank your sponsors, and to do so publicly somewhere.
Think of it from the perspective of the person signing the sponsorship check: thanks pages like this one (especially if they get replies or a personal thanks) are the tool they use to convince their managers to sponsor your event next year too!