This is a cross-post from the OKFestival blog, see the original here
Thank you to everyone who applied for Financial Aid this year – we so appreciate your patience while we’ve worked hard with various partners and sponsors to allocate funding.
Over the past few weeks we’ve been reaching out to successful applicants so while we’re incredible excited to welcome those who were successful to OKFestival, we are also very sad to have to confirm that if you haven’t heard from us at this point, you’ll need to look elsewhere for funding. We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm shown by all those who applied for help to attend this year’s OKFestival – over 400 people requested support – and it’s taken quite some time to work through all of these applications and to calculate travel and accommodation funds.
If you’re unsuccessful this time around, we’d like to encourage you to, at the very least, take part from afar; we do try to make the festival as inclusive as possible and we will be livestreaming the keynote talks and interviews, and radio broadcasting much more amazing material – keep your eyes open for more information soon on that! There is also an etherpad for every session, so follow along and find the ways you can get involved with individual sessions and workshops. You can check out the individual session pages for details of the session facilitators and email them or contribute questions to their etherpads!
Allocation of financial aid was determined by a balance of factors, not least the generous donations made by our sponsors. So please join us in thanking Google, Omidyar, Make All Voices Count and Partnership for Open Data for their vital contributions to this year’s event.