A unique mascot for a unique conference
There's no arguing that people in the PHP community love their elephpants. The announcement of a new elephpant being available in a new colour sends people reaching for their wallets or using their network of connections to try and get one (or often more) for themselves.
As the True North PHP conference moves towards it's 4th edition we wanted to create our own unique elephpant to give away to attendees and allow others to obtain as well.
So of course we thought of a Woolly Mammoth. We enlisted the help of the wonderfully talented Vincent Pontier the creator of the original PHP Elephpant (not those cheap knockoffs). He came up with a brilliant design for a PHP Woolly Mammoth that fits in nicely with existing PHP Elephpants, so if you are a collector rest assured it will go perfectly with the rest of your collection.
How can you help?
This fundraiser is to secure the necessary funds to make sure that our mammoth moves from concept into reality. If successfully funded, your contribution to this project will ensure you get one along with allowing us to give one to a 2015 conference attendee.
Funds are being raised to pay for the manufacturing and initial shipping of the completed stuffed toys to the True North PHP organizers who live in the Toronto area. Any funds above our final costs will be re-invested in the conference (paying speakers to come isn't cheap!) and into helping grow the Greater Toronto Area PHP User Group.
What are these two groups?
True North PHP is a PHP-centric developer conference held the first weekend of November just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Initially created to fill what the organizers felt was a lack of opportunities for PHP developers to learn from each other, it has become a can't-miss event for many PHP speakers and Canadian developers.
Attendees of True North PHP 2015 will be getting one of these wooly mammoths as part of the cost of their ticket. If everything works out you will be able to get one on-site, otherwise a voucher to obtain one after the conference will be issued.
For more details on the conference itself, please visit the web site at http://truenorthphp.ca
The Greater Toronto PHP User Group (GTAPHP) is an organization that hosts monthly meetups for PHP users, encouraging people to get more involved and hosting talks on various topics related to PHP and web development.
For more details on the group, check out http://gtaphp.org
We Can Make This Happen!
With your help we can add another exciting member to the PHP elephpant herd and grow the PHP community a little larger.
Risks and challenges
As noted by some other Kickstarter projects that produced elephpants, the process of getting them created has become greatly simplified but requires a large, up-front outlay of money to create a minimum number of elephpants and have them shipped from their manufacturing location in China to Canada.
Shipping costs from Canada to international locations will not be cheap either.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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