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

Andrew Ross 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:
> Andrew,
> 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.
> David
> 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
>         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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