Yes, you can be sponsored to attend the conference, but be sure to carefully review the Personal Sponsorship Guidelines. It is very important that you follow them closely and make the sponsoring company aware of the rules. For example, if an attendee is caught passing out swag on behalf of a personal sponsor, their pass will be revoked. Anyone who throws an unofficial event, function or party will have their pass revoked without refund. The practice is considered highly unethical. The people and the companies involved will be banned from attending and sponsoring future conferences. An egregious violation will result in the sponsoring company being billed the cost of the comparable sponsorship. The rules are there because the official sponsors pay for the exposure they receive at the conference, and without their support the conference would not be possible. In fact, the official sponsors already sponsor all attendees. Without sponsors, the cost of a ticket would be about three to four times what it is now.
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