[Marketing] AAG 2009 Proposal

Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) tmitchell at osgeo.org
Tue Oct 14 16:18:33 EDT 2008

I support the proposed approach and discussed it today with Alex in  
more detail:
At the end of the day it's whether or not we want to have a booth -  
that will cost $1,000.  The other costs are very flexible and  
alternatives will be sought to cover them.

$1,000 is, relatively speaking, great value for money and virtually  
supports local chapters around North America and, apparently,  
internationally too.  We've lamented not having a booth at AAG for  
several years now.  I see it as a strategic outreach that crosses  
disciplines, focuses on potential users and has a large number of  
interested attendees.

Time is running out and we need to make a $500 deposit ASAP, before  
they close us out of having a booth.  Since the event isn't until  
next year, that gives us lots of time to work on further sponsorships  
or partnerships to help fund the remaining $500 of the booth.

Also, even though it's always a good strategy to reduce our costs or  
cost-share for these kinds of events - these are some of the things  
our foundation sponsors sponsor us to do.  So finding OSGeo sponsors  
helps to make these events more sustainable in the future.


On 8-Oct-08, at 12:48 AM, Cameron Shorter wrote:

> Alex,
> I don't expect you will get a commitment from the Marketing  
> Committee before Tyler returns (on Monday).
> Even then, OSGeo's budget is small, ~ $3K per local chapter. And  
> I'd argue that OSGeo doesn't have resources to fully fund  
> participation at any event.
> I suggest you approach local Open Source industry who will be at  
> the conference. You may be able to share a booth with them.
> Commercial Support for Open Source is key to the user value  
> proposition, and without it Open Source uptake will be limited.

Tyler Mitchell
Executive Director
Open Source Geospatial Foundation
tmitchell at osgeo.org
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