[OSGeo-Conf] Comments on Ottawa 2017 proposal

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Mon Nov 2 12:26:32 PST 2015

Dear Dave and LOC team,

Thank you for your proposal for Ottawa, Canada.  Here are
some comments from me, that I hope will help you in this final stage and 

- I like the use of the Introduction Letter, to highlight the proposal. 
  It does hit home the long experience of its team since back in 2004. 
And also mentioning the attractiveness to international guests of the 
low Canadian dollar.

- I think describing the Ottawa local chapter and its long history 
really strengthens the bid.  It is true, the chapter was around long 
before OSGeo

- It is clear from the proposal of the strong local Open Source 
contributors, through OSGeo charter members to the Eclipse foundation home.

- Highlighting the various post-secondary institutions and their GIS 
programs really helps as well.

- The plan to hold a "Business Connect" session for private business 
leaders is truly a great initiative.  Well done.

- Big bonus points for already including a logo draft!

- Regarding the choice of PCO, you do make a great case for leveraging 
the Eclipse Foundation as the PCO, and one cannot argue with that 
decision, it makes a lot of sense (and also local to you as well).  I 
think where is gets tricky is branding (notice how for any past 
FOSS4G-global event the PCO logo is nowhere to be found on the website 
or any marketing materials, on purpose).  I assume you are aware of this 
branding issue, and have cleared this with your potential PCO.  We of 
course need to hit home that FOSS4G-global is OSGeo's yearly event.  Or, 
what is your vision?  Are you proposing that this event no longer be 
hosted by OSGeo?  Maybe you can just give a description of how this 
partnership will work, in terms of branding, in your mind.

- Thank you for clearly including OSGeo's specific needs, such as the 
AGM and visibility.

- I don't see much mentioned about workshops.  I assume that since the 
workshops will be held in a university lab, that you are planning to use 
their lab workstations, instead of bring-your-own, or renting.  Am I 

- Great that you have included the code sprint in the possible schedule.

- Awesome to see that you have planned an informal social event even on 
the Monday night.  Big bonus from me.

- I like that the gala dinner will be complementary for the main 
conference attendees.

- Impressive to see a letter from the Ottawa mayor in support.  Well done.

Thanks again for your proposal.


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