The QGIS project aims to hold regular user meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to get together people working with Quantum GIS to enable contact between and users and developers, present new features and project news and to coordinate future developments. Currently only the user community in Switzerland offers regular meetings, but the QGIS project welcomes any ideas to hold user meetings in other countries and languages.
Howto sponsor QGIS User Meetings
As a condition the meetings usually depend on financial contributions from the community. QGIS developers and contributors are donating their valuable time and you have a great occasion to support or even enable him or her to join the meeting and get the opportunity to discuss and collaboratively resolve bugs, plan the direction for the project and work on new features together with other developers.