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ROSCon JP 2020: Call for sponsors

The organising committee for ROSCon JP, the local ROSCon for Japan, is soliciting sponsors for ROSCon JP 2020.

ROSCon JP has been held very successfully now for two consecutive years.

On both occassions, the success of the conference depends significantly on the kind support provided by many sponsors. Notably, in 2019 we had some international sponsors for the first time.

ROSCon JP 2020 will be held in Tokyo on the 8th of September. As in previous years we will have an exhibitors’ hall for sponsor booths.

Please see the prospectus (available in English or Japanese) to learn about the sponsorship packages we offer, and contact the organising committee (in English or Japanese) if you are interested in sponsoring or want to learn more.

– The ROSCon JP 2020 Organising Committee

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Following up to our sponsorship call, the organising committee is pleased to announce our first big batch of sponsors for ROSCon JP 2020!

Platinum: Unity Technologies

Gold: eSOL, Sony, Tier IV, Ubuntu (Canonical)

Silver: ADLINK. The Autoware Foundation, Concurrent Real-Time, Intec

Friendship: Kyocera

In addition, Sony is supporting our diversity programme (twice!), the first diversity sponsor in the history of ROSCon JP! We are grateful to Sony for providing direct financial support that we can use to aide attendee groups who traditionally have trouble attending ROSCon JP.

We are still open to new sponsors, although some of our sponsorship options are already sold out. Please see the prospectus (available in English or Japanese ) to learn about the sponsorship packages we offer, and contact the organising committee (in English or Japanese) if you are interested in sponsoring or want to learn more.

– The ROSCon JP 2020 Organising Committee

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It is with great regret that I have to announce that ROSCon JP 2020 has been cancelled.

Although the situation in Japan appears to be improving, and many parts of the country have lifted their emergency declarations, the emergency declaration for Tokyo, where ROSCon JP 2020 will take place, remains in force. We do expect it to be lifted soon, but the situation is still fluid. It is very hard to predict at this point what the status of the pandemic will be in September. Even if the situation is better than now, the risk of a second wave means that the sensible course is to avoid gathering a large number people together for some time.

We considered a virtual event, but ultimately decided against it as we feel that a ROSCon-style event is far more than just the presentations. More than anything else, it is a chance to meet and network with other ROS developers. We also already have a regular Japanese presentation event that has been successfully brought into a virtual format by our amazing community creator, @youtalk. Thus we feel that a virtual ROSCon JP would be trying to fill a gap in the Japanese ROS community that doesn’t exist, while leaving a gaping ravine with the things it couldn’t do.

We will be holding ROSCon JP 2021 in September, 2021, and have already penciled in a date. Stay tuned for more details later this year.

I’d like to thank once again our generous sponsors, who stepped up to support ROSCon JP 2021 and the Japanese ROS community even through the rapidly deteriorating pandemic situation.

  • Platinum sponsor: Unity
  • Gold sponsors: eSOL, Sony, Tier IV, Ubuntu
  • Silver sponsors: ADLINK, The Autoware Foundation, Concurrent Real-Time, INTEC
  • Bronze sponsors: TechMagic
  • Friendship sponsors: Kyocera, Toppers
  • Diversity sponsors: Sony

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Such a shame, but not much can be done about it. Thanks for your hard work in organizing it and I’m sure the agonizing details specific to this year.

(That is a really awesome logo though… maybe consider selling tee shirts of this or similar with proceeds going to some group doing good work in Japan fighting COVID-19? I hope there’s a plan to store them in ros-infra/artwork)

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