Where has all the money gone?

As you might know, we have been charging 10 Euros entry fee since 2014. We have started to do this, because we had a huge no-show-rate at ProductCamp 2013, when only 65% of registered attendees showed up.

We wanted to discourage registrations that lead to now-shows, but still wanted to be not-for-profit by donating all registrations fees to charity. (Learn more about this decision here).

The choice of which charity we gave the money to was drawn in a raffle amongst all participants of ProductCamp. The person who won the raffle could chose the charity.

In total, we have donated 4.452,90 EUR in the last 3 years 6,000 EUR in the last 4 years! Here are the amounts we donated, and who chose which charity:

2014

Sascha Brossmann was the first person who could chose a charity we gave 1,500 Euros to in 2014. He chose the charity shop of Unicef, and we donated ten vaccinations (polio, measles and tetanus), five boxes for transport and a few surprise boxes.

Donate to unicef here!

2015

When Katrin Sauer‘s name was drawn during the 2015 event, she twittered:

Katrin, who works as an agile and product consultant for Leanovate.de, chose to donate 1,500 Dollars to Days For Girls.org. Days for Girls is dedicated to creating a more free, dignified, and educated world, through providing lasting access to feminine hygiene solutions and health education.

For this donation, we received the following thank-you-letter from their Founder:

Donate to DaysForGirls here!

2016

In 2016, we donated 1,500 EUR in 2016 to a very local charity. Yvonne Fissel, Agile Coach at Zalando, chose to donate the money to Cabuwazi, a Berlin-based circus for children.

Donate to Cabuwazi here!

We would like to thank all our participants who made these donations possible. We are looking forward to our ongoing support as a Product community to charities like these in the next few years!

Update for 2017

Finally, we donated 750 EUR to two charities respectively:

1) Refugees Emancipation is an initiative of refugees for refugees, establishing internet connections and self-organised internet cafés in refugee shelters.

Donate to Refugees Emancipation here!

2) GiveDirectly: GiveDirectly is giving donations to extremely poor people in Africa, who are receiving the donation directly.

Donate to GiveDirectly here!

We would like to thank all our participants who made these donations possible. We are looking forward to our ongoing support as a Product community to charities like these in the next few years!