Sponsor the Steampunk Symposium

What is Steampunk?

Put simply “Steampunk” is “Victorian science fiction,” but it encompasses so much more than that. In the last decade Steampunk has evolved into a complex community of artists, engineers, writers, musicians, and more; what started as a fringe group has become increasingly popular and makes its way into much mainstream media. As an event, it is fair to say that Steampunk is the new renaissance festival, but instead of knights and jesters we encounter top hats, bustles, and eccentric inventors.

What is the Symposium?

The International Steampunk Symposium is an annual three day festival in Cincinnati, Ohio during the last weekend of April that began in 2012. On average the show grows by 20% each year, and for 2017 looks set for about 1,500 attendees. For the last few years the Symposium has sold out its host hotels almost a year before the actual event.

The weekend’s programming includes music, dance, and other entertainment performances, exhibits and displays of art, costumes, and props, workshops on a variety of things ranging from dancing to stage combat, over 50 hours of speaker sessions on Steampunk and Victorian topics, antique car show, the Steampunk Film Festival, and many more things, but the signature event is the Steampunk Olympics.

symposium_games_pin3_2013-brassThe Steampunk Olympics bring various groups from various cities across the midwest and further coming together to compete in eccentric and somewhat extreme sports and contests. Duelist shoot it out with foam darts, racers speed around the arena on “penny farthings” that are actually ridiculously small children’s tricycles, contestants compete in games of bocce ball and Tea Dueling, and so much more, but the main event is the Dirigible Races. Airships are iconic of the Steampunk Community and the Symposium was the first to introduce the sport of racing remote controlled blimps across the skies of the conference halls, and since 2012 many similar conventions have adopted this popular event.

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Why would you wish to sponsor the Symposium?

The International Steampunk Symposium has been voted the best Steampunk convention in the Midwest, and has received awards and accolades from various Steampunk publications and organizations. Within the Steampunk Community, the Symposium has become known as a “must see” show and is known internationally. With the growing popularity of Steampunk, businesses are reaching a solid audience by being a part of this elegant aesthetic, and rather than creating some mild approximation of Steampunk, the Symposium invites you to a be a part of the authentic Steampunk experience.

The floor plan of the 2017 International Steampunk Symposium

Please CONTACT US to learn more from our sales team.

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

Whole Event – $5,000

  • Presented by “Sponsor” on all promotional and press materials.
  • Banner spaces in the Convention Entrances for all three days.
  • Sponsor Ad in pre-session slide shows.
  • Website sidebar ad linked to sponsor site.
  • Full page ad in the Program Book.
  • Onstage mention at Opening and Closing Ceremonies
  • Four VIP weekend tickets to event ($800 value).
  • Logo displayed on International Steampunk Symposium website front page & Sponsor Page.

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The Main Stage – $2,000

  • Presented by “Sponsor” on all Main Stage promotional materials.
  • Banner space in the Main Stage area (Blue Ash Room) all three days.
  • Website sidebar ad linked to sponsor site.
  • Ad in the Program Book.
  • Onstage mention at beginning of each stage act.
  • Two VIP weekend tickets to event ($400 value).
  • Logo displayed on International Steampunk Symposium website front page & Sponsor Page.

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Session Room Sponsor – $500

  • Presented by “Sponsor” on all promotional materials for room’s programming.
  • Banner space in the session room for all three days.
  • Website sidebar ad linked to sponsor site.
  • Ad in the Program Book.
  • One VIP weekend tickets to event ($200 value).
  • Logo displayed on International Steampunk Symposium website front page & Sponsor Page

Session Rooms Available:

  • Maker Crafting Room (Carpenter 1)
  • Literary Guest Presentations (White Oak)
  • Children’s Program Room (Sycamore)
  • Gaming Room (Hunt)
  • Workshop Room (Carpenter 3)

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Special Event Sponsor – $200

  • Presented by “Sponsor” on all promotional materials related to Special Event.
  • Banner space where available based on Special Event.
  • Ad in the Program Book.
  • Announcement at Special Event.
  • Logo displayed on International Steampunk Symposium website front page & Sponsor Page.

Special Events Available:

  • Beard & Mustache Contest
  • Bocce
  • Costume Contest
  • Dirigible (Airship) Races
  • Nerf Dueling
  • Penny Farthing Race
  • Tea Dueling
  • Teapot Racing

Special Events Already Sponsored:

  • TBA

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General Sponsor – $100

  • Logo in Program Book
  • Logo displayed on International Steampunk Symposium website front page & Sponsor Page.

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Program Book Ads – $50 to $120

  • All ads are full color.
  • Full Page Ad – 7.5″ tall by 4.5″ wide – $120
  • Half Page Ad – 3.75″ tall by 4.5″ wide or 7.5″ tall by 2.25″ wide – $70
  • Quarter Page Ad – 2″ tall by 4.5″ wide or 3.75″ tall by 2.25″ wide – $50

 

Please CONTACT US to learn more from our sales team.

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