[Conference-cee] Re: [OSGeo-Conf] Short report about FOSS4G-CEE 2012 with outlook to coming years

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu May 24 15:26:52 PDT 2012

Congratulations on what sounds like a very successful first event, and 
thank you for sharing some of your metrics.

Your experiences will be especially valuable as FOSS4G-CEE is one of the 
early conferences to be testing out a regional version of a foss4g event.

I strongly encourage you to capture your lessons learned (as per below) 
into a wiki page, similar to prior international events. Eg:

I'd also be interested to capture your metrics in alongside other 
metrics we have captured here:
If you are interested, I'll talk you through it, and provide you with 
write access.

And lastly,
I think the foss4g community will be greatly enhanced by collating our 
lessons learned into a "FOSS4G Cookbook".  I think that ideally this 
would be best developed in conjunction with the setting up and running 
on a conference. I've started a placemarker for the Cookbook here:
Would you be interested in helping build this Cookbook?

On 25/05/2012 6:38 AM, Jachym Cepicky wrote:
> Hi,
> if anybody is interested, I'm sending here very short report about
> FOSS4G-CEE&  Geoinformatics in Prague 2012, which was organised this
> week (and which is continuing with GRASS Code sprint right now). See
> http://foss4g-cee.org for more details.
> Number of registered participants: 120
> CZ - 35
> RO - 14
> DE - 12
> FR - 6
> AT - 5
> SK - 4
> EE, HU, CH, PL, TU, USA - 3
> IT, UK - 2
> HR, NRW, NZ, Georgia, Ghana, Nigeria 1
> Number of accepted papers cca 60
> Number of accepted workshops: 6
> Number of accepted tutorials: 5
> However, relatively high number of presenters did not arrive (at least
> one did announce it soon enough, but has slipped between my fingers,
> sorry one more time) - luckily, present speakers were usually able to
> prolong their presentations operatively.
> On some tutorials, no attendees have come :-(
> Social events formal and informal: nice!
> Lessons learned:
> * Double check presenters against list of registrations.
> * Double check list of vegetarians and keep track of it
> * Have more accepted presentations in the stack, for possible substitutions
> * and others
> List of photos: http://foss4g-cee.org/photos/
> PDF version of presentations are being added to
> http://foss4g-cee.org/program/overview/
> Big thanks to the organisation team, general feedback was positive.
> Big thanks to all participants: Without them, the conference would not
> happen.
> Future of FOSS4G-CEE:
> ---------------------
> It was agreed, that (unless there is no big obligation), FOSS4G-CEE 2013
> will be organised by  Vasile Cra(ciunescu and his team at geo-spatial.org
> in Bucharest, Romania. Their situation will be quite difficult thanks to
> "global" FOSS4G organised "somewhere in Europe". But still, they have
> clearly expressed their enthusiasm about organisation the event.
> During the event, several participants from various countries (France,
> Italy, Germany, Czech, Romania and others) have indicated their strong
> demand for conference best described as "FOSS4G-Europe".
> Having FOSS4G-NA in mind, and all the discussions about positives and
> negatives of such proposals, we've had during last months, I do
> personally support this idea: There is demand for more local oriented,
> yet "big enough" events around the ellipsoid, let's talk about it
> (better in some other thread, at conference_dev list). Such event should
> happen during 2014, so we have about year for clarifying all possible
> questions.
> Jachym
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Cameron Shorter
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