[OSGeo-Conf] [Board] Fwd: Re: 2015 North American conference

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Sat Apr 26 14:29:57 PDT 2014

Hi Andrew,
Good to see this pushing ahead.
A few things which hopefully should be of value:

1. http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_Handbook Although only partly 
complete, has a number of pointers to best practice, (often useful for 
providing justification to elements of the community for the direction 
you are taking).

2. Using osgeo live at your event: 

On 26/04/2014 11:21 pm, Andrew Ross wrote:
> Hello OSGeo board,
> Just a short note of thanks for the chance to discuss the event & the 
> support from you on April 10th. We are proceeding to organize the 
> event. More details soon!
> Andrew
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: 	Re: 2015 North American conference
> Date: 	Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:19:46 -0400
> From: 	Andrew Ross <andrew.ross at eclipse.org>
> Organisation: 	Eclipse Foundation
> To: 	Location IWG <location-iwg at locationtech.org>, OSGeo Discussions 
> <discuss at lists.osgeo.org>, "conference_dev at lists.osgeo.org" 
> <conference_dev at lists.osgeo.org>
> Hi Everyone,
> A quick update on this.
> The feedback on this has been quite positive, and we will be 
> proceeding to organize the event. The City, Venue, and Dates will be 
> announced as soon as possible.
> We have received responses to our RFP from venues in D.C., Austin, 
> Boston, San Francisco, Atlanta, and a few other cities.
> I would like to thank David Bitner & Eddie Pickle, chairs of the past 
> two FOSS4G NA's for joining the 2015 conference planning committee. 
> Also, thank you to Robert Cheetham who has joined the team as well. We 
> anticipate 2 or 3 more people to join the team in the coming weeks. 
> This committee will help us plan an outstanding event.
> We will be forming a program committee who will review and select 
> presentation proposals. More on that soon.
> As always, feedback & suggestions are welcome.
> Cheers!
> Andrew
> On 04/04/14 17:02, Andrew Ross 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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