[OSGeo-Conf] FOSS4G 2007 Wrap Up

Paul Ramsey pramsey at refractions.net
Tue Jan 15 00:28:40 EST 2008


I want to thank OSGeo for bringing FOSS4G 2007 to Victoria. We had a  
great conference, and for me personally it was a peak life  
experience, never to be replicated!

Our conference organizer, Sea To Sky Conferences, has been steadily  
closing off the books over the last few months, paying our suppliers  
and bringing in the final receivables.  Today I received the final  
report, and have placed a public version online on the conference site.


Thanks to a paid attendance that was 60% higher than expected,  
refunds from our A/V supplier (due to the wireless network and  
plenary issues) and lower than expected food costs, FOSS4G 2007 will  
return a surplus of just over $110,000CAD to OSGeo.

The huge extra attendance was a great reflection on the enthusiasm  
for OSGeo and what we are doing in the larger geospatial community.   
The comments and evaluations in the final report are well worth  
reading, they reflect the high value that people felt the  
presentations, labs, workshops and demos provided -- when our  
community gets together to talk, what we have to say has tremendous  

Thanks again, everybody, for a great conference, and really memorable  



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