[OSGeo-Conf] 2017 Conference dates question

Dave McIlhagga dmcilhagga at mapsherpa.com
Wed Oct 21 01:39:38 PDT 2015

Hello Helena, and Jeroen,

For Ottawa, the venue is the only practical one available for the size of event — and it really is a beautiful place in the heart of the city. As a consequence, choice of dates is limited for us as prices would rise dramatically in September / October when available.

We considered doing this in August vs. November — and decided that given our weather is fantastic in August (and a bit grey and wet in November) plus closer to the typical timing of FOSS4G that this would be the way to go. With the many celebrations that will be going on for Canada’s 150th over the summer — it will be a special and unique time to be in the city.

Jeroen — I have a good solution for you, just bring the family for a holiday. They will love it! :)

As for the academic timing conflict Helena, I can say for the universities in Canada it won’t be an issue as the earliest I’ve heard of universities starting here is the week before Labour day. I’m not sure about the rest of the US.



> On Oct 21, 2015, at 5:16 AM, Helena Mitasova <hmitaso at ncsu.edu> wrote:
> I too have a problem with the August date although for a different reason - I am not sure whether this is specific to North Carolina
> but our fall semester starts exactly at the same time in August and it is quite important for the instructor (me) to be there for the first and second class (for numerous quite obvious reasons). This could be the case for other universities in the US as well. 
> I was hoping that Bonn in August was an exception - I most likely won’t be able to come, but I really don’t want to miss two FOSS4G in a row.
> And I can totally understand Jeroen’s concern. I don’t think that August is a good time for the conference 
> and I hope that the dates could be still changed. 
> Helena
>> On Oct 20, 2015, at 11:52 PM, Jeroen Ticheler <jeroen.ticheler at geocat.net> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> First of all a big thanks to all three LOC's for your impressive bid documents! It will be a tough decision for the conference committee to select a winner I think. 
>> I will take time soon to read carefully through all bids in the coming days so I can ask sensible questions. But one thing that I noticed at a first glance is that all three bids propose a week in the second half of August for the conference. 
>> My question is: are your dates fixed at this point in time? If so, why? If not, what other dates could be possible?
>> My concern is that August is (with July) the middle of the summer holidays (in Europe at least). Having kids myself, I have a conflicting agenda for the conference in Bonn 😢 and I'm surely not the only one. Planning the conference during summer holiday time may make it difficult for quite some potential participants to attend the conference. Personally I would hate to miss the conference, but the summer holidays with the kids would prevail when I have to choose. 
>> Thanks,
>> Jeroen
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