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

Andrew Ross andrew.ross at eclipse.org
Mon Apr 7 12:20:20 PDT 2014

Hi Tom,

Sorry, not yet. We're doing venue RFP's in a number of cities for 
between mid-March & mid-April.

Naturally we're looking to avoid Easter & as best we can avoid march 
break, which isn't easy.


On 07/04/14 15:07, T M wrote:
> Andrew
> I know it is far away, but do you have possible dates for the 
> conference? I usually attend another conference at the end of April, 
> so I was just wondering if it will conflict
> Thanks
> Tom Mueller
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> *From: * Andrew Ross <andrew.ross at eclipse.org>;
> *To: * <bitner at dbspatial.com>;
> *Cc: * OSGeo Discussions <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>; 
> conference_dev at lists.osgeo.org <conference_dev at lists.osgeo.org>; 
> Location IWG <location-iwg at locationtech.org>;
> *Subject: * Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] 2015 North American conference
> *Sent: * Mon, Apr 7, 2014 6:45:31 PM
> David,
> 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.
> Cheers!
> Andrew
> 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 
>> <javascript:return>> 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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