[OSGeo-Conf] Fwd: Re: [location-iwg] [OSGeo-Discuss] 2015 North American conference
andrew.ross at eclipse.org
Tue Apr 8 13:32:37 PDT 2014
Forwarding for David. He mentioned he wasn't allowed to email these two
lists. Most likely he's not subscribed.
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Subject: Re: [location-iwg] [OSGeo-Discuss] 2015 North American conference
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 16:06:05 -0400
From: David Dubovsky <ddubovsky at boundlessgeo.com>
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I echo David's appreciation for stepping up to take this on. My
organization (Boundless) sees a lot of benefit to a co-hosted event,
potentially raising the profile of FOSS4G significantly.
I did have a few thoughts on location. Before 2015 there will have been
five FOSS4G Events in North America:
2007: FOSS4G Victoria
2011: FOSS4G Denver
2012: FOSS4G-NA Washington DC
2013: FOSS4G-NA Minneapolis
2014: FOSS4G Portland
Given the distribution it looks like FOSS4G is due for an east coast
event. I know DC would work out, but we did have the first NA event
there. I'd like to float the idea of having the event in Philadelphia.
It has a major airport and is easily accessible by train. DC and NYC
attendees can easily come for one or multiple days via amtrak. I don't
think travel restrictions would be too bad for Philly either.
That said I defer to those more familiar with the city and the other
Marketing Manager |Boundless
ddubovsky at boundlessgeo.com <mailto:ddubovsky at boundlessgeo.com>
On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM, Andrew Ross <andrew.ross at eclipse.org
<mailto:andrew.ross at eclipse.org>> wrote:
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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