FreePizza.io connects those who want pizza for tech meetups, usergroups, hackathons and tech talks with those who wish to sponsor the pizza - typically recruiters, consulting firms and software companies. In return, the sponsor gets a promotional message opportunity at the event.
Background is I noticed that tech meetups, usergroups, hackathons and tech talks often have pizza and drinks for attendees for dinner.
And I thought "Who pays for the pizza?"
I'm both a programmer and a recruiter, and I know that recruiters want to connect with those tech communities. So I figured, hey maybe I should connect those who need pizza with those who want to sponsor the pizza.
FreePizza.io is the fully built implementation of an MVP idea I had previously https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18063747 - which was nothing more than a Google spreadsheet.
I know most of the organizers for tech meetups in my area. They all tend to handle the case of food differently
- One takes donations through patreon, which has worked fairly well. They have an actual board of directors, so it's very legit. I'm not sure if other cities have anything remotely close to this though.
- For popular technology meetups (react, .NET, etc), usually a recruiting firm will sponsor the pizza. They contact the organizer generally. Usually they will do a 2 minute blurb at the start of the meeting
- For meetups that are part of a larger organization, they tend to get funds straight from corporate. E.g. CodeForAmerica, GoogleDeveloperGroups, etc.
As a side note, I kind of wish it wasn't only just pizza. Some healthier options would nice. Some meetups use jimmyjohns or chickfil-a instead, which are nice alternatives.
In the context of this site, I assume pizza is a placeholder, an MVP. If this turns out to actually be a useful service, non-pizza food is an obvious avenue to grow into.
If you've ever donated to the Salvation Army, you too "fund LGBTQ oppression".
It’s like posting “Don’t eat ground beef as it is full of rat feces.” any time someone posts about hamburgers.
It’s true that the FDA allows a small amount of fat feces in ground beef, and all food .
But it’s really insignificant and almost always irrelevant to the conversation.
The reason I ask is because, at my places, we occasionally give free food to organizations in our neighborhood because they are in our neighborhood with the attendees also from my neighborhood and it's similar to advertising. They see our napkins and included flyers or coupons and, hopefully, we'll make some of them a regular customer. At these events, however, wouldn't most of the attendees not be from our neighborhood?
Most pizza joints are franchise or personally owned. That means this would be an out of pocket expense for the owner. You may find someone to do this once but I don't see how he would benefit once he finds out no one from his neighborhood is coming in.
This is just my initial reaction to seeing this.
It connects event organizators and sponsors, with an easy way for organizators to ask for sponsorship, and a nice list of places to sponsor if you're feeling generous
The downside is that there are probably lots of organizations left out by that, but for a really small tool looking for its first audience, that's probably a trade they're more than willing to make.
In fact you can see here my original idea https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18063747
I called it "EatUp Sponsors" - a terrible name, but fine for the MVP.
When thinking about a better name I gave alot of thought to a more generalised brand, but then it came to me that every single meetup I ever went to only ever had pizza, and that there would be value in being, as you say, laser focused.
So that may be a factor. In a world full of people who are either vegan and looking down their nose at you if you aren't or only eat keto or some other niche thing and where people complain about food allergies and yadda, pizza is the least worst option that will have the most universal appeal.
On the contrary, it's makes almost every group unhappy for different reasons: keto, gluten-free, "paleo", vegan.
(Not that I dislike it personally)
I absolutely do not need a total stranger deciding for me what is nutritionally appropriate for me, all Big Brother style.
Has a decent mix of protein, fats and carbs in a tasty package. Not everyone wants dry lean chicken, or zero-calory veg/shrooms, even if any two people here could agree on what is “nutritionally appropriate”.
>Event organisers may spend the sponsorship money on any food and drink they deem appropriate according to local law and custom.
It depends on how you make it and how much you eat of it (calories).
It also depends if you reguraly workout and how many calories you burn.
Not to be too much of a devils advocate, but I usually eat pizza in the form of a pesto pizza loaded up with veggies. There's definitely an argument that could be made that pizza doesn't have to be unhealthy.
Also, "healthy" pizzas and tasty pizzas as sets have little to no intersection. Which is fine for food you don't eat day in, day out.
Have you heard of ordering pizzas without meat?
What kind of godawful pizzas are you eating that use processed bread as a base...
Nutritionally, pizza is the last thing that an office worker needs. Free pizza at an event is another salad / gym session that the worker needs to organise on their own time. Or not.
Look up how much sugar is in the average pizza sauce/dough.
Same goes for the pomodoro - it’s not ketchup, for dog’s sake, it should be just tomato, garlic, herbs (and onions and olive oil maybe). If your pizzeria puts heaps of sugar into the pomodoro, you might want to consider switching.
Each slice has:
- 12-15g protein
- 16g fat (11g polyunsaturated)
- sodium 500mg
- carbohydrates 30g
- 2 to 5mg lycopene
Not bad unless you go crazy with a 'BBQ-sauce meatlovers' american pizza.
• Seems weird to use Google Authenticator as a single factor for authentication
• I found it annoying to have to do a captcha to fill out my profile details
• I probably won't think to check back. Can you set up alerts to e.g. email me when a sponsorship opportunity comes up in SF or NYC?
• Your verification email went to spam. I marked as not spam - hope that helps!
I like your idea to get notifications for sponsorship opportunities in your city - I'll implement that.
You can currently get notification of new events for any given group (a group is the equivalent of a meetup or usergroup) - for example on this page https://www.freepizza.io/group/melbourne-prolog-users-group/... push the "follow group" button.
I'll switch off captcha for profile details.
>> Seems weird to use Google Authenticator as a single factor for authentication
Yeah there's historical somewhat uninteresting reasons I did that, probably I should have gone with straight username/passwords.
thanks for the feedback.
Here's what got me to this point:
The framework that I started out on had a zero password system. But that's not secure enough, so I thought "do I go traditional usernames/passwords"? I then decided to go with the Google Authenticator instead of passwords because so many systems get hacked these days that it seems maybe its a better idea to have no passwords.
But then I launched, a little hesitant about my decision, and of course your email backs up the idea I should have just stuck with usernames and passwords. I'll have to think about what to do about it.
A couple major considerations if you're using that approach:
- When do those links expire?
- Do you keep logs of the pages that people request from your server?
An unexpired link compromises the user just as much as a password leak would have, since those links _are_ the user passwords. But server logs generally aren't tied down as tightly as a more obviously sensitive password database would be.
The nightmare scenario here is "every time the user needs to log in, we generate a new password for them, and every password stays valid forever. Whenever anyone actually does log in, we record their password in our server logs, available at www.ourcompany.com/debug/ . Then we send it to a dozen different third-party analytics providers."
But Google Authenticator IS a password system. You're just not expected to memorize the password.
- Using Google Authenticator is a little bit annoying, i think you can offer some other auth method like using Github or FB OAuth for example
Not saying it (just) to be opposite, just to highlight that there are (at least) two populations with strong and incompatible preferences :). Or in other words, a space for products catering to each individually.
Salad can't compete with that.
Also, offering free junk food should be restricted in the same way that offering free cigarettes is restricted.
Great, since it's so cheap, can I send you my address and you'll pay for my pizza please?
> Also, offering free junk food should be restricted in the same way that offering free cigarettes is restricted.
Junk food is only "bad" because it's calorie dense and most people 1) are sedentary and 2) don't properly portion food. Otherwise, aside from extreme nutrient imbalance or vitamin deficiency, it's just calories in calories out. It's possible to live off pizza and be very healthy. This is very different from cigarettes which are unhealthy in any quantity irrespective of lifestyle.
Edit: Nope, recaptcha requires JS. Oh well, at least browsing the rest of the site doesn't require it AFAIK.
Really all we are doing is connecting community with sponsors. You can negotiate with the community to do any sort of sponsorship that makes sense.