[OSGeo-Conf] Final proposal for hosting FOSS4G 2015 in Seoul, Korea

Paul Ramsey pramsey at cleverelephant.ca
Sat May 10 09:21:21 PDT 2014

Using the existing FOSS4G.KR attendance as a baseline, conservatively
add in attendance from other Asian countries and Europe/NA, using the
information from past FOSS4G conferences. I'd say the non-Australian
2009 attendance could serve as a worst-case scenario for what might be
expected in terms of non-Korean attendance in 2015.


On Sat, May 10, 2014 at 10:41 AM, Steven Feldman <shfeldman at gmail.com> wrote:
> Jeff, I don’t think anyone doubts the commitment and effort of the Korean
> team. There will be different views as to why Beijing failed in 2012, surely
> we all agree that both the Conference Committee and potential event
> organisers should learn from that experience?
> Cameron raised a reasonable concern about the likely levels of attendance at
> a FOSS4G in Seoul by those from outside of the region. He suggested that the
> team consider a plan that would be viable with a primarily local attendance.
> I have also asked questions about the financial viability of the model that
> has been submitted. These are concerns that need to be discussed.
> Running a FOSS4G involves taking on some significant financial risks - if
> delegate numbers and/or sponsorship income do not reach target levels, the
> losses could be substantial. We may all agree that we would like to grow the
> use of OSGeo in South East Asia but what level of financial risk are we
> willing to accept? Are the organising team prepared to be the financially
> responsible body, do they have the resources to take a hit?
> I want to see a successful FOSS4G 15 in Korea, even if that is on a smaller
> scale than the European and North American events. A plan that ensures that
> the event will be successful with say 350 primarily regional delegates and
> which can flex to accommodate a larger and more international attendance
> will minimise risk.
> ______
> Steven
> On 10 May 2014, at 14:28, Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com>
> wrote:
> There were of course warning signs...anyway but
> yes please every Conference Committee and Board member must learn from
> this.  I personally do not agree with throwing this message at the
> Korean local committee, who are working so hard to be open and
> passionate - it is on us to be mindful.
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