Statement Regarding Sponsorship and Financial Support

Financial support from corporate sponsors and philanthropic organizations ensures that the conference remains accessible to a broad set of participants. Outside contributions offset the considerable expense involved in staging the conference, reducing the financial barriers to participation and enhancing inclusivity.

We aim to foster a diverse community with participants from varied disciplines, organizations, and geographic locations. We value and encourage participation from people in the academy, industry, government, and civil society.

At the same time, outside contributions raise serious concerns about the independence of the conference and the legitimacy that the conference may confer on sponsors and supporters. We take these concerns seriously and have taken a number of steps to ensure that we’re able to maintain a transparent and appropriate relationship with our funders:

  1. To ensure the independence and integrity of the conference, sponsors have no say over the paper selection process, tutorial selection process, choice of invited speakers, the composition of the program committees, or the best paper awards. The substance and structure of the conference are determined independently by the program committees.
  2. All papers are chosen through a rigorous, double-blind peer review process. Authors of submitted papers must also disclose conflicts of interest by identifying institutions and potential reviewers with whom they have existing relationships.
  3. We will always acknowledge our sources of financial support.
  4. We will always disclose the benefits that funders receive as a condition of their contributions.
  5. Corporate sponsors can only contribute to a general fund; they cannot specify how their contributions are spent.
We are grateful to receive financial support from organizations that respect our twin goals of inclusivity and independence.

Sponsorship Benefits

Sponsorship of the annual Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*) contributes to furthering research and interdisciplinary dialogue around the creation of fair, accountable, and transparent socio-technical systems. We deeply appreciate any amount of support your company or foundation can provide. Below you’ll find our suggested sponsorship levels.

2019 Levels of Sponsorship:

$75,000

  • Verbal acknowledgment of contribution in the opening and closing remarks of the conference (a single track session attended by all participants)
  • Signage including your logo during one lunch
  • Company or foundation name and logo on website with link
  • Access to an opt-in database of attendees
  • Free registration for up to 8 attendees from your organization

$50,000

  • Verbal acknowledgment of contribution in the opening and closing remarks of the conference (a single track session attended by all participants)
  • Company or foundation name and logo on website with link
  • Access to an opt-in database of attendees
  • Free registration for up to 5 attendees from your organization

$20,000

  • Verbal acknowledgment of contribution in the opening and closing remarks of the conference (a single track session attended by all participants)
  • Company or foundation name and logo on website with link
  • Free registration for up to 2 attendees from your organization

$10,000

  • Verbal acknowledgment of contribution in the opening and closing remarks of the conference (a single track session attended by all participants)
  • Company or foundation name and logo on website with link
  • Free registration for up to 1 attendee from your organization

$5,000

  • Verbal acknowledgment of contribution in the opening and closing remarks of the conference (a single track session attended by all participants)
  • Company or foundation name and logo on website with link

Additional Information

  • There are no sponsorship options that include a reserved spot in the program. All program spots will be selected via the same process: rigorous review by our program committee.
  • All attendees will be expected to follow the ACM Code of Conduct.
  • † At the time of registration, participants will have the opportunity to opt in to a database of names and contact info that will be shared with you. In keeping with the spirit of inclusivity, we ask that this list not be used to invite subsets of attendees to exclusive parties or events.