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By the Numbers

Ela Conf is run by a community of organizers and volunteers who all donate their time and resources to the event year round. We collected numbers and stats from our 2015 and 2016 events and started collecting this year's data to share our growth, how we allocated funds, and a closer look into what goes into Ela Conf.

After Ela Conf 2015, we donated all profits to Girl Develop It. We didn't plan financially for 2016, which meant we started with $0 again. As a result, we've decided to put the profit toward seed money for Ela Conf 2017. This seed money means that we have a little more independence and flexibility in booking a venue and getting the planning process started. Any 2017 profits will be used to secure a 2018 venue.

Interested in sponsoring Ela Conf 2017? Check out our Sponsorship Prospectus.

People 2015 2016 2017
Total attendees 97 122
Speakers 26 36
Volunteers 5 25
Organizers 4 4 5
Financial and diversity grant recipients 3 11
Our Net Promoter Score (NPS) n/a 83
Sessions 2015 2016 2017
Proposals we received 24 108
Sessions we accepted 17 26
Attendee submitted speaker feedback n/a 92
Sponsorships 2015 2016 2017
Companies we contacted 39 149 72
Total company sponsors 12 14 5
Total individual sponsors 0 14
Total of sponsorship (after PayPal fees) $14,000.00 $18,832.80 $8,500
Community 2015 2016 2017
Slack members 62 166 354
Twitter followers 367 930 1,378
Newsletter subscribers 59 111 465
Goals accountability squad members 5 15
Finances 2015 2016 2017
Venue $1,640.00 $3,200.00
Food $6,193.98 $5,090.55
Networking event $645.37 $1,667.32
Speaker travel stipends $3,056.24 $5,426.59
Organizer travel $347.33 $1,017.34
Childcare stipend for attendees $0 $150.00
Conference swag $1,288.86 $876.74
Photography and videography $0 $3,039.51
Fee paid to our fiscal sponsor $847.98 $1,203.11
Ticket sales (after credit card fees) $2,959.50 $5,229.31
Total of sponsorship (after PayPal fees) $14,000.00 $18,832.80
Our donation to GDI $2,939.74 -
Seed money for next year $0 $2,390.95