The next task that our entire team worked on was to raise funds. Unfortunately, many local IT companies cannot provide financial support for such events for various reasons. We took several weeks to compile sponsorship proposals for different amounts of contributions, arrange them and send them to different offices. Some companies gave answers immediately, but usually, there were refusals, others could remain silent for several weeks and voice their decision later - after a few weeks. Nevertheless, several local companies responded and agreed to help us financially, acquired sponsorship packages, and gave rise to the formation of our budget.
The more time we spent discussing and preparing for the event, the more tasks and work items appeared on our list. Two months before the conference, the moment came when we had already concluded a contract with the hotel and started selling tickets, but we had a catastrophic shortage of money for arranging a flight for the speakers and their resettlement.
Our perseverance did not give us rest; we could not give up and tried to find financing anywhere. One of the girls on our team contacted the US Embassy, shared with then our plans them about our plans and made an appointment to discuss the possibilities of our cooperation. I never thought that with such a "big and serious" organization, it would be so easy and comfortable to work. The embassy very clearly and formulated its expectations, which were successfully followed, and the result was that the US embassy allocated us funds for organizing flights and accommodation for two foreign speakers. I will tell you a secret - their arrival cost almost half the budget of the entire conference as a whole. From that moment on, our budget began to suffice for all our plans!
A lot of work had to be done in the last couple weeks of the conference preparation - to print, pick up, take, accept, talk, go, organize, not sleep ... There were so many tasks that these couple of weeks flew by in an instant, and here it is - the day of the conference.
I have to say right away that the event exceeded all our expectations! In the morning, after registration, the conference was opened by the speech of US Ambassador Donald Lou, followed by speeches by representatives of sponsoring companies. Then the microphone passed to our host, who, to help us with the conduct, came from Kazakhstan and, in between witty jokes and interactive with the audience, ran out to feed her very young daughter.