[Conference-europe] when and where

Karel Charvat charvat at ccss.cz
Mon Aug 18 19:11:50 PDT 2014

Next year INPIRE will be earlier, but normally it is around 23rg of June. I
don’t think, that it is good idea to have FOSS4GI Europe  in similar period
like INSPIRE. Already INSPIRE conference is to long and I have thinking, who
and for what part of conference will be good to go. And as person
responsible for planning in private company I have to prioritise INSPIRE,
due the fact, that it is important for our business. So to organise FOSS4GI
near INSPIRE will remove private sector form the conference. To make
decision, is for private sector not so much about cost, but mainly about
time. So put many conferences in some period will lead to reduction of
participation of private sector.

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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
> 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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> 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
> 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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