#wcus always has a nice atmosphere but this year in particular let’s up the happiness factor.
— David Bisset (@dimensionmedia) November 20, 2018
What Are Happiness Bars?
They are Hersey chocolate bars wrapped in a custom made label, a play on the term ‘Happiness Bar’ which you find at most WordCamps (except this one is an actual bar – candy bar). They started at WordCamp Miami a number of years ago, and the wrapper was made open source so any WordCamp can use them.
What varieties are there?
Usually whatever we can get at Sam’s Club – standard chocolate (no nuts, due to potential allergies), dark chocolate and white chocolate. But if someone wants some vegan or other variety and can point us in the right direction we would love the support to make this a more diverse thing.
Why Give These Out At WordCamp US?
I think – after drama and stress this year in and out of the WordPress community – we need to spread a little more happiness. Especially to volunteers, contributors, testers, and to the youth. But we all deserve it.
What costs are involved?
Approximately $150 for the candy bars and $150 for the printing of the labels. Labor (putting the labels on) and transport/shipping will be handled by me, so there’s no cost there!
How Are These Distributed?
In the past this has been done a bit guerrilla style, so not to distract from sponsors or the event itself. Usually they are personally handed to sponsors, given to official volunteers to place in the Happiness Bar or other tables, attendees (especially youths). This is usually done on Friday and Saturday (the main days) of the conference.
What Do I Get If I Sponsor?
Short answer is that the labels are already designed, so we won’t likely be able to print logos or anything like that on the labels. However we will make sure to mention sponsorships on Twitter, blog posts, and when we hand them out. Would also consider offering small stickers as we hand the bars randomly if you can get that to me by the Thursday before the event. Open to ideas as long as it doesn’t interfere with the sponsorship system at the conference itself, and it doesn’t attract unneeded attention.
— David Bisset (@dimensionmedia) February 20, 2016