[OSGeo-Conf] [OSGeo-Discuss] 2015 North American conference

David William Bitner bitner at dbspatial.com
Mon Apr 7 10:50:02 PDT 2014


First of all, thank you for stepping up as willing to take on FOSS4G NA

Having made two calls to the broader community over the last several months
looking for folks to express interest in hosting the NA event for 2015 with
no response, I am excited to see someone with your experience stepping
forward. Unless this thread spurs on another bid, at this point, I would
not envision necessity for a competitive bid for this event.

I think that co-hosting the event with Eclipse and LocationTech can both
help boost the profile and the make this event logistically easier. I think
the most critical piece in joining these events this year will be in making
sure that we can keep the FOSS4G and OSGeo branding prominent.

Keep in mind as well (anyone else here too that might want to provide a
competing bid!), that we have earmarked ~$20K from the Minneapolis event to
help bootstrap a 2015 NA FOSS4G.


On Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM, Andrew Ross <andrew.ross at eclipse.org> wrote:

>  Hello Everyone,
> Please excuse the cross post between OSGeo's discuss & conference_dev
> lists as well as LocationTech's discussion list. I'm hoping to enable
> inclusive discussion about an idea.
> Bit of background, this coming May (19-21), LocationTech Summit is
> co-hosted with Location Intelligence in Washington D.C.<http://www.locationintelligence.net/>.
> Travel restrictions for Federal Government employees for instance meant
> holding this in D.C. was important in 2014.
> We have started planning for 2015, and I wanted to reach out and see if an
> idea might be of interest to the greater community.
> The idea is to co-host LocationTech Summit, FOSS4G North America, and
> EclipseCon next year in the spring.
> For those that haven't been:
>    - EclipseCon is a great  developer conference & covers topics that I
>    feel may be a really nice complement such as Science, Internet of Things,
>    Automotive, Software development best practice, and more. While there are
>    some awesome talks in the area, it's not just about the IDE. :-)
>    - FOSS4G NA is the regional sibling of FOSS4G Global, also a great
>    developer conference, and focused on geospatial technologies. It is a must
>    attend event if you're into web mapping or looking for open source GIS
>    solutions.
>    - LocationTech Summit is new (first one this May), similar to FOSS4G
>    however perhaps has a stronger focus on high performance geoprocessing
>    technologies and new technologies like GeoGit for instance.
>     - My feeble attempt at contrast aside, I think these last two will
>    see a lot of the same speakers & audience.
> A few thoughts:
>    - We believe a combined event could likely be done to prioritize
>    camaraderie which is so important for open source projects & community.
>    i.e. avoid anyone feeling lost in a huge event.
>    - We feel the mutual outreach to people across communities would be
>    really useful, interesting, and spark wonderful ideas we can't predict.
>    - The logistical work can be done by full time conference organizers
>    who organize EclipseCon each year. The program is up to the communities to
>    set.
>    - For those seeking suppliers, partners, & customers, this should make
>    for more opportunities.
>     - Profit sharing with significant participating groups is doable.
>    We're glad to help figure out a fair and amicable solution.
>     - Ensuring each group are well served is a priority of course. We
>    think this combined event might attract people who might not otherwise come
>    to any of them. But we'll have to try and see.
> Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Is this a good idea? Interested?
> Kind regards,
> Andrew
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David William Bitner
dbSpatial LLC
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