[Board] [OSGeo-Conf] 2015 North American conference

Bart van den Eijnden bartvde at osgis.nl
Mon Apr 7 10:31:30 PDT 2014

Hey Andrew,

we have a board meeting this Thursday so maybe we can discuss it there as well given this is urgent?

I’ll add it to the agenda, would you be available on IRC for any questions?


Best regards,

On 07 Apr 2014, at 19:04, Andrew Ross <andrew.ross at eclipse.org> wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> For those that might be interested in participating in this & especially up front in terms of outreach & helping sort out details to tune the idea so it works well, please contact me. Thank you very much to those that have already.
> Some important decisions require immediate attention such as which city, what dates, and so forth.
> Some possible cities suggested by people, for 2015, include:
> D.C., San Francisco, Boston, San Diego
> In terms of dates, late March or early April would be offset from the global FOSS4G & also from other very busy periods in the calendar. It lines up with EclipseCon, which co-hosting helps reduce organizing burden. For what it's worth, the overall conference would not be called EclipseCon to appeal to all constituents.
> Thoughts?
> Thanks again,
> Andrew
> On 04/04/14 17:02, Andrew Ross wrote:
>> Hello Everyone,
>> Please excuse the cross post between OSGeo's discuss & conference_dev lists as well as LocationTech's discussion list. I'm hoping to enable inclusive discussion about an idea.
>> Bit of background, this coming May (19-21), LocationTech Summit is co-hosted with Location Intelligence in Washington D.C.. Travel restrictions for Federal Government employees for instance meant holding this in D.C. was important in 2014.
>> We have started planning for 2015, and I wanted to reach out and see if an idea might be of interest to the greater community.
>> The idea is to co-host LocationTech Summit, FOSS4G North America, and EclipseCon next year in the spring. 
>> For those that haven't been:
>> EclipseCon is a great  developer conference & covers topics that I feel may be a really nice complement such as Science, Internet of Things, Automotive, Software development best practice, and more. While there are some awesome talks in the area, it's not just about the IDE. :-)
>> FOSS4G NA is the regional sibling of FOSS4G Global, also a great developer conference, and focused on geospatial technologies. It is a must attend event if you're into web mapping or looking for open source GIS solutions.
>> LocationTech Summit is new (first one this May), similar to FOSS4G however perhaps has a stronger focus on high performance geoprocessing technologies and new technologies like GeoGit for instance.
>> My feeble attempt at contrast aside, I think these last two will see a lot of the same speakers & audience.
>> A few thoughts:
>> We believe a combined event could likely be done to prioritize camaraderie which is so important for open source projects & community. i.e. avoid anyone feeling lost in a huge event.
>> We feel the mutual outreach to people across communities would be really useful, interesting, and spark wonderful ideas we can't predict.
>> The logistical work can be done by full time conference organizers who organize EclipseCon each year. The program is up to the communities to set.
>> For those seeking suppliers, partners, & customers, this should make for more opportunities.
>> Profit sharing with significant participating groups is doable. We're glad to help figure out a fair and amicable solution.
>> Ensuring each group are well served is a priority of course. We think this combined event might attract people who might not otherwise come to any of them. But we'll have to try and see.
>> Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Is this a good idea? Interested?
>> Kind regards,
>> Andrew
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