[OSGeo-Conf] participants events

Steven Feldman shfeldman at gmail.com
Mon Jun 15 01:15:53 PDT 2015

If you run the code sprint before the conference it clashes with the workshops
If you run the code sprint during the main conference it would clash with sessions and many of the sprinters are speakers as well. Plus it disrupts the conference
If you run the code sprint after the conference some people are burned out, others need to travel home

So no easy answer - I agree with Till, after the conference seems to have a traditional feel. 

Another thought is that we should promote the code sprint more actively as a way for new people to get involved, perhaps emphasising that "you don’t have to write code to participate in a code sprint"

> On 15 Jun 2015, at 08:05, till.adams at fossgis.de wrote:
> Hi Cameron,
> good point, but...  some of the sprinters are also "needed" as workshop chairs - so even if we find a possibility to run the code sprint before the conference, this might cause other trouble ;-)
> What we can offer is the following: We have two smaller rooms (we could get for free) in another building we might use for monday/tuedday to offer room for "project code sprints" or s.th. like that. But I would favor to remain with the code sprint on saturday, it's a little tradintional as well.
> Other opinions?
> Till
> Am 2015-06-14 01:18, schrieb Cameron Shorter:
>> Hi Till,
>> I haven't got metrics from foss4g 2009 code sprint handy, but from
>> memory there were ~ 10% to 20% off conference attendees at the sprint.
>> What I was surprised by was that a code sprint at the end of a
>> conference was not as ideal as I though it would be.
>> Yes, you have so many key people all in the same place at the same
>> time, and you don't want to miss that opportunity.
>> However, by the end of a conference, everyone is tied and a bit
>> feeling a bit flat, and are probably not the the best head space for a
>> code sprint.
>> Cheers, Cameron
>> On 12/06/2015 11:02 pm, Jeff McKenna wrote:
>>> Hi Till,
>>> Regarding the Code Sprint, you should have space for 100 attendees. I would be sure to have catering (coffee and snacks on morning and afternoon break, plus lunch) for 80 attendees.
>>> I still have the FOSS4G-2011 invoices for hosting that code sprint in Denver, and I see those rough numbers (space for 100, 77 lunch sandwiches).
>>> If these invoices are helpful (listing all those little but important items such as power bars and whiteboards) I will share them with you confidentially.
>>> PS. and as I've told Sanghee, don't underestimate the importance of coffee, to developers it is as important as wifi ha :)
>>> -jeff
>>> On 2015-06-12 3:34 AM, till.adams at fossgis.de wrote:
>>>> Dear conference-list,
>>>> in our recent meeting the question about number of participants for Ice
>>>> Breaker and Code-Sprint came up.
>>>> Is there anybody from past conferences who could give us a rough number,
>>>> just for orientation?
>>>> So far,
>>>> thanks, Till
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