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Tickets are not on sale yet, and the pricing structure has not yet been decided on.

We have a rough estimate what the event will cost, but due to the COVID-19 situation we don't have all the details just yet. We expect it will be in the 250-350 euro range for an adult ticket. There will be separate tickets for children.

Gift cards

Just before the COVID-19 situation, we came up with the idea to have a form of crowdfunding that lets participants buy part of their ticket without paying the full price at once, while still having a guaranteed ticket. At the same time, this would provide us with some additional cash flow for early expenses. The "real" ticket sales will start in December 2020 as is common for the Dutch events, but we will communicate that well in advance and explain all the procedures.

The weekend of August 22-23, 2020, we had the MCH2021 field weekend and we finished the setup of Pretix, the ticket shop system. Pretix has the option to sell gift cards, which is the same as any gift card you can buy elsewhere (e.g. an Amazon gift card). Our gift cards can be redeemed for any product in the ticket shop when the sales start.

We opened the ticket shop at https://tickets.mch2021.org and intentionally gave the link to a small group of people, with the plan to write some explanation later. Seems everyone (just like we are!) is looking forward to MCH2021 next year, and is already buying gift cards! Since this "problem" raises some questions, we are writing this to hopefully answer them. If you still have a question that isn't answered, feel free to reach out by e-mail at info@mch2021.org .

What is a gift card?

Pretix, the ticket shop software, has the option to sell gift cards (similar to an Amazon gift card). This creates a code that can be used as part of the payment for a future order. Typically you would give a gift card away (you can of course still do that), but in this case you will probably keep it for yourself.

For example, you buy a 100 euro gift card now. When the ticket sales start, you buy (fictional prices):

  • 2 tickets at 300 euro per ticket
  • 2 T-shirts at 25 euro per T-shirt
  • 1 KarTent for 50 euro
  • 1 parking ticket for 42 euro

The total price comes to 742 euro. Since you have bought a 100 euro gift card, you can enter the code during the payment process and this will be deducted from the total amount. The rest of the amount (642 euro in this example) will have to be paid through any other payment option. You can apply multiple gift cards to one order.

What is an 'anonymous' donation?

The IFCAT foundation (the legal vehicle for the event) would like to keep the ticket price as low as possible. To that end we asking people that can afford it to give a small donation that we hope will contribute to this cause.

Does a gift card guarantee the right to buy a ticket?

Yes, it does. For every gift card that is sold, we reserve a ticket so you have the right to buy one when the ticket sale opens!

What if I can't afford it right now?

No worries! We understand that a lot of people are in a tricky situation financially right now. While a gift card guarantees you a ticket when ticket sales start, we don't expect them to sell out that fast.

There should be plenty of time to obtain a ticket, and in the worst case you can always contact tickets@mch2021.org and we can work something out.

Must I buy a gift card to obtain a ticket?

While a gift card guarantees you a ticket when ticket sales start, we don't expect them to sell out that fast.

There should be plenty of time to obtain a ticket, and in the worst case you can always contact tickets@mch2021.org and we can work something out.

Are gift cards refundable?

  • Normally, they are not, this is just too much of an administrative burden. You can however sell it to someone else in the community.
  • If the camp can't continue due to the pandemic, all gift cards will be refunded.
  • If the event continues but you can't come, e.g. because of a local lockdown, please talk to us, since we will have to take this on a case-by-case basis.

Can you use more than one gift card per order?

Yes, so if you can't attend, you can give your gift card to a friend to use along with their own.

How can I pay?

For gift card sales, we support the following payment methods:

  • Bank transfer (any SEPA country)
  • iDeal (Netherlands)
  • Giropay (Germany)
  • Bancontact (Belgium)
  • EPS (Austria)

Why no credit cards?

There will be the option to pay with your credit card when the ticket sales start, but we don't want to deal with the transaction costs for the gift cards and donations.

Why no cryptocurrencies?

We do see some advantages of cryptocurrencies and technically we could offer them as a payment option. However we have decided not to enable them at this point due to the administrative complexity they introduce.

What if I want to stay anonymous?

We respect that some participants would like to stay anonymous. In this case we recommend you find someone you trust and have them buy the tickets for you, using an (anonymous) email address during the checkout process. This way it won't even be clear which tickets have been bought anonymously. If this does not work for you, contact Team:Info and we'll try to set something up.

In the future we would also like to encourage hackerspaces to distribute tickets for cash purchase. If your hackerspace wants to participate in this, please get in touch.

Does this mean a voucher system will not be needed for MCH2021?

For SHA2017, we did not use the voucher system. We currently have no intention of using it this time either.