[OSGeo-Conf] Fwd: FOSS4G North America 2013

Steven Feldman shfeldman at gmail.com
Wed Aug 15 14:05:22 PDT 2012

I know this may be a bit late (just back from a mail free vacation) 

Have you considered the UK LOC expectation that OSGeo will also be providing a financial backstop for FOSS4G 2013?

Steven Feldman

On 7 Aug 2012, at 21:30, Cameron Shorter wrote:

> On 8/08/2012 4:11 AM, Daniel Morissette wrote:
>> On 12-08-06 4:35 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>>> Daniel,
>>> Any progress on YTD information?
>> Hi Cameron,
>> I posted a Google Spreadsheet with bugdet/finances YTD info as of 2012-07-31 to the board list a few minutes ago. Here is a copy of the link:
>> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Av9Xf1ehZXz-dG5zYnVmSnJRWk5yTExDYmtpTTFSNXc 
>> I'd like to have it officially discussed and approved at the next board meeting as our updated budget for the rest of the year, but in the meantime it should give you a very good idea of the situation.
>> If you have any question on this document, please ask them in the related thread on the board list so that we have the whole discussion in one place.
>> Thanks
>> Daniel
>> OSGeo Treasurer
> Based upon Daniel's YTD figures presented, I change my vote to a +1 for OSGeo to provide a financial backstop to FOSS4G-NA 2013.
> In providing this financial support, I believe that OSGeo conference committee should request evidence that the conference is on track to meet expected attendance numbers. In particular, I think that this should occur at the end of Early Bird registration, which is when you are likely to have the best indication of final attendance, and also early enough to pull out without major loss of money.
> During FOSS4G 2009, we provided exactly this feedback to the board, although we sent it privately rather than publicly, noting that there is much to say about a conference being successful because the LOC committee are so convincing about saying it is going to be successful. (We noted that we only received half the number of attendees that we had expected, and noted that it was possible that the conference would wear a $60K loss. In the end we made a moderate profit, but we only moved back into the black in the last week.)
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