[Conference-europe] when and where

Dirk Frigne dirk.frigne at geosparc.com
Mon Aug 18 08:23:08 PDT 2014

About the time of organizing the conference.

I think begin of July could be a good period to organise the conference,
if we make it a tradition to organize it on a university campus every time.
I think it is important to allocate the same time-period year after year
for the event.

Choosing for begin July should reduce the price of the event and people
can plan their holidays if they now in advance this is the period for
the FOSS4G-EU conference. This is certainly a pro.

Another idea is following the trend that different geo events are
organized end of May, begin of June in Europe:
Inspire conference, Agile conference, Geoworld forum, ...
On the INSPIRE 2014 conference there was an announcement to organize
INSPIRE 2015 in co-operation with Geoworld Forum 2015 in Lisbon,
Portugal [1] from 24 to 29 May in Lisbon

Maybe we should think of organizing the event the week before/ the week
after or the same week as these events, optimizing travel time and time
IMHO a code sprint can run parallel with the INSPIRE conference, where
some attendants are interested attending the INSPIRE talks, and some
developers the code sprint. But in the evening, a fruitful exchange of
energy and  idea's can be realized by sitting together with a beer and
some food, having fun - ready to change the world.

And as a remark to Jachym's last remark in his mail:

Any thoughts to this? Or shall we just call for venue with and see,
what will come?

Just call for Venue and wait and see is not a good idea (my 2c). I think
the organisation team should decide on the time-slot.


On 13-08-14 17:23, Maria Antonia Brovelli wrote:
> Jachym, in case (only in case) it will be in Como, I propose 7-10 July 2015. I saw that this could be the best period with respect to other events in Europe (and not only in Europe)  and we have no other events also in Como (and therefore I'm able to book the Aula Magna - as a matter of fact already booked).
> I have started collecting letters of interest and support by actors, like the Italian GFOSS Association, Universities and SMEs. JRC also expressed  interest in having FOSS4G Eu in Como but I don't have still a document proving that.
> As for teh last point: hackathons, sprints are most welcomed but I want absolutely also an Academic Track. FOSS4G Eu has to be at the same level as the International one but focused to Europe. That why also the EC involvement can be important.
> Many thanks!
> Ciao!
> Maria
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> Da: conference-europe-bounces at lists.osgeo.org <conference-europe-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> per conto di Jachym Cepicky <jachym.cepicky at gmail.com>
> Inviato: mercoledì 13 agosto 2014 17.02
> A: foss4g-europe
> Oggetto: [Conference-europe] when and where
> Hi all, who are concerned in the FOSS4G-Europe topic,
> by now, 14 people [1] declared, to be members of Conference Europe committee.
> We should now make two or three important decisions (I assume, we all
> want European event happen):
> * When will it take place, so it does not conflict with other events
> * Where will it take place (call for venue)
> * How will it be organized, what is it's place within our open source
> geospatial community
> About the 3rd topic, I hope we agree, that:
> * Foss4g-Europe shall bring something from FOSS4G-Global to local community
> * But is more related to European topics
> * And should be more practical focused (hackathons, sprints are most welcomed)
> When will it take place: Last years, it (together with CEE event) it
> was about "beginning of summer". We are trying to fit somehow between
> regional events and FOSS4G-Global. Most of you will definitely agree,
> that there are already so many events, that it makes sense, to try to
> join them, instead of filling another gap, when we can focus on work
> as well.
> Last year, I was asking, whether it would be possible to join it to
> Vienna Code sprint or FOSSGIS in Germany. Same applies to other local
> events and I still think, it is good idea. That would bring people
> together (again).
> Any thoughts to this? Or shall we just call for venue with and see,
> what will come?
> Jachym
> [1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Conference-Europe
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ir. Dirk Frigne

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