[OSGeo-Conf] Do we want to cap size?

Dave McIlhagga dmcilhagga at dmsolutions.ca
Thu Jun 3 08:39:17 EDT 2010

The linkage with GITA is a unique opportunity here that could help drive attendance significantly. Combine this with a US-based conference, in Colorado (a major hub of geospatial) + the ongoing growth in adoption of open source -- could well see that 1,200 exceeded. The fact this is the first FOSS4G conference in North America in 4 years (and knowing it won't be back for at least another 3) will probably really help drive attendance as well.

If we could get pricing for various venues and cap size that can be accommodated (say anywhere between 1,200 and 2,000) -- that might be the key nugget of info required to make a decision.


On 2010-06-03, at 7:20 AM, Jeff McKenna wrote:

> Personally I'd like to see FOSS4G grow, and my feeling is that the Denver&GITA team could attract between 1,000 & 2,000 attendees.  No doubt strong marketing will be required to reach that higher range; this will take a big commitment by the LOC and OSGeo.
> On the other hand I don't see a problem with capping size at 1,200.
> -jeff
> Eric Wolf wrote:
>> The folks at GITA pointed out that the larger venues cost more per person. What this means is if we need capacity for 2000 people, we basically have just two choices of venues in Denver that are both more expensive than if we cap attendance and use a smaller venue.
>> Do we want to consider capping the number of attendees for FOSS4G 2011? This can potentially save a great deal of money if attendance isn't at the projected levels. If we cap attendance at 1200 people, it opens up three more potential venues.
>> Unfortunately, this is a decision that needs to be made before FOSS4G 2010 in Barcelona.
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