OK folks - some important pre-ticket news!
- Burner Profiles are coming to Burning Seed this month (April)….
- 2016 tickets will go on sale next month (mid May)...
- To buy a ticket you need a Burner Profile...
- No Profile=No Ticket...
Go on, what's this about?
Tickets for Burning Seed sold out in 2015. We expect tickets to sell out again in 2016. We're introducing improvements to the ticketing process to help us better prepare this year, to learn more about our community and reduce the risks we saw after tickets sold out last year (scamming, scalping).
A major innovation will be the introduction of ‘Burner Profiles’.
What are Burner Profiles?
If you've been to Burning Man, AfrikaBurn, or MidBurn in Israel you'll already be familiar with Burner Profiles (follow the links to find out more about Profiles at those events). Burn events use Profiles to help the flow of information collected from participants for ticket sales and for registrations (theme camps, art, mutant vehicles, events etc.).
The Burner Profile process can also help participants, particularly those new to a Burn, better understand what they heck they are getting into. Along with basic Profile information - name, email - there’s a few simple questions aimed at getting participants to think about the 10 Principles and what they mean.
Reducing the risk of scalping and scamming.
At Burning Seed in 2016, Burner Profiles will tie you - the purchaser - to your ticket. If you don’t have a Burner Profile you cannot purchase a ticket. This makes it much harder (though unfortunately not impossible) to scalp or scam tickets.
No Profile = No Ticket.
This is really important - if you don’t have a Profile you cannot buy a ticket for Burning Seed in 2016. If you want a ticket you MUST complete a Burner Profile. While completing a Profile does not guarantee you a ticket, you will need to have one already completed to be able to purchase a ticket when they go on sale in mid May. Even if you buy a ticket later this year from someone who doesn't need theirs anymore, YOU WILL STILL NEED A BURNER PROFILE in order to USE that ticket.
What kind of info does the Profile require?
Burner Profiles require basically the same information asked for in previous years when you've bought a ticket...
Scammed: The scammers and scalpers were out in force when Seed tickets sold out last year...
- Real name
- Paddock name (optional)
- Email address
- State & country (note: we will ask for your full address when you buy a ticket but this will NOT be stored in your Burner Profile)
.... PLUS a couple of additional demographic questions similar to those we ask each year in the Census.
- How many Burning Seed events attended?
- How many Nevada/other regional burns attended?
We will retain this information which means you only need to complete your Burner Profile ONCE (you may need to update your Profile in future years).
In addition to the Burner Profile, you'll need to complete a short questionnaire about your knowledge and understanding of the 10 Principles, how you heard about Seed and how you plan to contribute in 2016. The information you provide here will not be retained beyond 2016 but it will help us get a much better understanding this year of ticket buyers' level of engagement with Burning Seed.
What will you do with the info in the Profile?
In 2016, the information you provide in your Burner profile will be linked to your ticket - as in... you need a Profile to buy a ticket.
In FUTURE YEARS the plan is to link the Profiles to tickets AND other registrations - Art grants, Theme Camps, Events, Mutant Vehicles - as in... you'll need a Profile to buy a ticket AND apply for a grant, register an event and so on.
You’re welcome at any stage to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or concerns.
What's the timing?
So here are the key dates for your diary:
- Mid April - Burner Profiles GO LIVE - look out for announcements in the coming days on the Burning Seed website and on Facebook. You can complete your Profile anytime, but we're expecting tickets to sell quickly in 2016... We'd strongly suggest you complete your Profile before…..
- Mid May - when tickets will go on sale. Look out for announcements about the ticket sale date, price etc very soon.
If you haven’t already LIKED our official Facebook page go do it now to stay in touch.
Please also help us by letting your friends and frenemies know they will need to complete their Profiles before tickets go on sale to be in with a chance of securing a ticket. Can't stress this enough folks - the earlier you complete your Profile, the more prepared you’ll be.
How much are tickets? How many tickets will be available?
We’re in the process (in April) of setting our budget for 2016 and we’re not yet in a position to finalise the ticket price until those budgets are agreed. This information will be made available over the next few weeks.
As with previous years there will be more tickets made available but there will also be a cap. Tickets for the event are capped for a range of reasons. Ideally everyone who attends Burning Seed will do their bit, but last year we had just 8% of participants give their time to Community Crew. We need more Crew to support the infrastructure to accommodate more participants. Burner Profiles will really help with early assessment of how many volunteer crew we can expect in 2016.
If you want to volunteer for Community Crew find out more about positions available.
Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and on the Burning Seed website later in April for the announcement that the Burner Profiles have gone live. You'll have a few weeks to complete your Burner Profile (it only takes a few minutes) before tickets go on sale in mid May.
If you have any questions - any questions at all - before, during or after the process of completing your Burner Profile - please email: email@example.com