[OSGeo-Conf] FOSS4G 2016 and 2017 and 2018 Call for Hosting

Steven Feldman shfeldman at gmail.com
Thu Dec 18 23:33:26 PST 2014

I am not sure that I agree that LOCs need or want more than 18-20 months notice. Whilst there may be a benefit in terms of venue booking, there could be a downside in team fatigue and drop out

For FOSS4G2013 we started thinking about the event and putting a team together in September 2011. We were ready with a venue (provisional booking) by the time the call for LoIs came out.


> On 19 Dec 2014, at 01:13, Eli Adam <eadam at co.lincoln.or.us> wrote:
> Conference Committee,
> Consistent feedback from previous LOCs is "make the FOSS4G LOC
> decision with more time before the event".  The 2016 decision is
> slated to be made on 2015-03-01 [1].  Should we launch the 2017
> process on 2015-03-02?  It seems that LOCs are eagerly awaiting the
> opportunity to bid and are more than prepared once the process
> happens.
> A LOC decision with more time before the event may also be the single
> best way to ensure success and reduce risk.  It is also super easy.  I
> suggest moving up the 2017 and 2018 timelines.  Until there are
> complaints from potential LOCs that the decision is too early or more
> importantly if there are no quality bids, then I think the decision
> can be made sooner.
> Claude, Sorry to hear that there is not suitable date availability at
> your top choice venue.  I'm sure that if Lausanne bids it would be one
> of several very excellent bids.  Had the bid been earlier and awarded
> to Lasanne, I'm sure that the LOC would already be well on the way to
> a great conference.
> Best regards, Eli
> [1] http://www.osgeo.org/conference/rfp/

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