[OSGeo-Conf] Comments on Philadelphia FOSS4G 2017 letter

Robert Cheetham cheetham at azavea.com
Sun Aug 16 21:51:39 PDT 2015


Thank-you for your considered comments and feedback.  If we are invited to
submit a full proposal, we will be sure to address:

 * public sector and academic participation
 * highlight other private firms in the region that will contribute to the
 * expand on how this will impact and be impacted by regional community
 * outline plans for workshops
 * plans to keep costs down

Best regards,


Robert Cheetham

On Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 2:54 PM, Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
> wrote:

> Thank you for your Letter of Interest for Philadelphia, PA.  Here are
> some comments from me, to consider if you proceed to the next stage:
> - your proposed organizing committee is exceptionally strong in the
> private sector; however it would also be good have committee members
> involved at the public sector/government level, as well as in academia.
> You could consider this for your full proposal.
> - I think it is very smart to explain local business activities and how
> they contribute to OSGeo projects and the community, such as your
> description of what Azavea does.  This really makes your big stronger, so
> you could consider adding more descriptions for other active companies, in
> your full proposal.
> - I really like your strong focus on community, and you could definitely
> highlight this in your full proposal by more elaborate descriptions (of
> GeoPhilly, the recent OSGeo Code Sprint, MaptimePHL).
> - I didn't see a mention of workshops in this letter, but be sure to
> explain your plan for workshops thoroughly in your full proposal (as you
> know, workshops are such a huge part of a FOSS4G).
> - The most powerful part of your letter is that final sentence, what it
> means to the local community to bring FOSS4G there.  That vision that I
> sense in that statement could be expanded for the full proposal.
> - regarding affordability, that is becoming more of an issue with the
> FOSS4G events.  Having this in mind, you could elaborate more on your plan
> to keep costs down, in your full proposal.
> I hope these brief comments help you with your bid.
> -jeff
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