Will HOPE 2020 happen?

While scrolling through my email, I received a message from HOPE announce about the 2020 conference situation. The hotel is planning to triple the cost.

"This would pretty much make HOPE impossible, at least without becoming the kind of conference we never wanted."

The message goes on to state:

The purpose of HOPE is to make the 
world of hackers and technology accessible, and that means affordable. 
We could become one of those corporate events that charge thousands of 
dollars. But we would never feel as proud of what we're able to create 
with the hacker community every two years.

I have attended and presented at HOPE in the past and can say with all honesty, this is a conference for the people.

Whether they are able to have the event or not, I'll always remember this as the greatest community conferences held.

(Sorry, but Phoenix CactusCon content was really l4m3... "use sendmail to attach a file". Please.)

Thanks 2600 for all that you do!

https://www.2600.com/content/future-hope

Greetings,

Many of you have noticed the graphic that's appeared on the HOPE website 
recently. There is meaning behind it.

While beginning preparations for the next HOPE conference, we were stunned 
to hear of the plan to triple the cost to us from the hotel. This would 
pretty much make HOPE impossible, at least not without it becoming the 
kind of conference we never wanted. The purpose of HOPE is to make the 
world of hackers and technology accessible, and that means affordable. 
We could become one of those corporate events that charge thousands of 
dollars. But we would never feel as proud of what we're able to create 
with the hacker community every two years.

This crisis gets worse as much of 2600's revenue comes from sales at the 
conference. Losing HOPE, combined with the ever-increasing challenge of 
printing an advertiser-free publication in a world of vanishing bookstores 
and rising costs, could paint a very dire picture for us.

No doubt that prospect fills many powerful entities with glee, as we've 
taken great pride in being the right thorns in the right sides for over 
35 years. That alone is reason to fight this with every ounce of strength 
we can summon.

We've been sued, we've been threatened, and we've faced extinction on a 
number of occasions. And one thing we've learned is that times like these 
are when this community truly shines. We don't intend to be defeated by this
and we have no intention of giving up on the prospects of HOPE in 2020. But 
we can't do it by magic.

And so we call on you to put forth ideas, suggestions, and opinions. How 
important is HOPE to you? Do you know of a better place where we can host 
it? How can we come up with ways to make the event even better? Does HOPE 
have to be in a hotel? Does HOPE need to be in Manhattan? Etc.

There are many things to think of and to brainstorm about. And there is no 
better group to turn to at a time like this for inspiration and new ideas. 
Time and again, it's right when we're supposed to be at our lowest that we 
come back stronger than ever, precisely because of our community's 
creativity, intelligence, and refusal to give up. Please send your thoughts 
to hope@hope.net and be a part of history. Because we're not going to let 
this stop us.

The HOPE Staff
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