We hate being herded like cattle, getting terrible seats, and being talked to as an anonymous audience instead of an known individual. We’ve limited the number of attendees to under 250 to keep it intimate and friendly.
We hate getting to a conference session, only to find out it is washed down because a PR team or legal team changed the presentation or removed all the juicy details. We are working with all speakers to ensure that they say what they want AND what you want to hear.
We hate when we pay for a conference only to be peddled by companies on the stage. We’ve instituted a no-sales-pitch policy for all speakers.
We hate the words “business attire” so we’ve made UNSPAM a wear-what-you-want gathering. Get cold and want to wear a snuggie throughout? Go for it. Kind of person that wears socks with their sandals? We don’t care. Just keep your private parts covered so people can focus and you don’t get arrested.
We hate when conferences post brands’ logos to attract you to come. We’ve got people from companies you may recognize, but the reason you should come is the experience, the people, and what you get out of it - not because some boring person from popular Company X will be there. RGE’s founders are pretty unattractive too.
We hate standard formats of sitting all day, so we are shaking it up with speakers, groups, competitions, awards, and more.
Most events like this want anyone with a pulse and a wallet to attend. Not us. This isn’t for everyone - and we are going to be upfront about that. The content is going to be tailored to a specific kind of person. Here is who we think will get the most out of it:
You may think it is because of the famously talented people, such as Nobel-prize winners, Billboard-topping musicians, professional athletes, civil rights leaders, or notable designers. Or because it is one of the fastest growing cities in the USA and named 3rd Best Small City to visit in America by Condé Nast Traveller last year.
But you’d be wrong. The real reason is because we’re lazy. Even though the RGE team is remote, a few of us live in Greenville already or nearby and it is easier to plan something like this on our home turf. Sorry if you live somewhere far away. Maybe we’ll come closer to you next year.
Nope. This thing is priced for us to break even - even with the limited amount of sponsorship we’ve lined up. It is also way cheaper than other email conferences.
Yep. We know what a calendar looks like too. Unfortunately, for us to secure a space big enough for UNSPAM between February and May, only weekends were available. I guess it is one of the downsides of doing the conference in a cool place. We hope your mean bosses won’t mind giving you a day or two off work before or after which you can use to explore more of Greenville if you wish.
We want you to have a great time, but not at the expense of being a jerk or doing dumb stuff. If you want to know what that means, we've got a specific Code of Conduct that everyone agrees to by coming.
We’re still ironing out the details, but here’s what we’ve worked out so far:
Probably not since we’ve already lined up some sponsors who are totally cool. But if you want to get in touch, we’ll be open to a conversation.