[OSGeo-Conf] [OSGeo-Discuss] 2015 North American conference
andrew.ross at eclipse.org
Mon Apr 7 11:45:31 PDT 2014
Thank you. Our team is always glad to support the ecosystem.
Personally, I'm jazzed at the potential and looking forward to having a
lot of fun with this.
You're spot-on. We recognize the branding is a crucial bit of this. It's
not simple, but I think we should be able to figure out a way to do it
that works for everyone. For those that have ideas or want to
participate, please speak up ASAP.
On 07/04/14 13:50, David William Bitner wrote:
> First of all, thank you for stepping up as willing to take on FOSS4G
> NA 2015.
> 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
> <mailto: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
> * 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,
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