[OSGeo-Conf] OSGeo Booth
shfeldman at gmail.com
Tue Sep 1 13:50:36 PDT 2015
This shouldn't be a touchy subject. It should be a mandatory requirement on bidders for a FOSS4G
My suggestion - the organisers should provide a space of similar size and specifications to that offered to top level sponsors in a prominent location. OSGeo should be responsible for fitting out the stand and staffing it
If the conference committee agree we can make this a requirement for bidders for 2017 (and we can request it from 2016 as part of the guarantee agreement)
I suggest that we also require bidders for 2017 and beyond to provide details of any advances and guarantees that they require with supporting schedules as part of their proposals
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> On 1 Sep 2015, at 21:36, Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com> wrote:
> Hello Conference Committee,
> I would like to discuss something, that, in all honesty is a very touchy subject, as there never seems to be a good time to discuss this (I may offend current local committees, past local committees). So, this is a disclaimer: In this message I am not referring to any past or current FOSS4G. I am merely needing to explain the issue, so we can possibly handle this for future events. And I realize that the experienced Conference Committee members will know the best way to handle this from now on.
> Each year I must contact the FOSS4G local committee and ask about an OSGeo booth. Now, the local committee has to please its sponsors and attract more sponsorship revenue and there is a lot of pressure on them for this reason. (OSGeo is never classed as a sponsor) Yet, here is OSGeo, the host of the event, the foundation who awarded the team the event, the foundation who provided the necessary seed money a year in advance, the foundation who gave the local committee the spotlight, and so on...asking for a booth as well.
> On my (OSGeo) side, I want a large prominent booth; I do not want OSGeo to be given a small booth away from the main exhibition area, facing a wall etc. In fact, sure, I want OSGeo to have a double-booth, we want to be seen, to show that 'hey yes we are hosting this event, we are great, we do great things'.
> The reality is that there is no requirement to give OSGeo a booth, as it is not mentioned in the FOSS4G RFP.
> If it is not in the RFP (and here is where my tongue gets tied always) should I be asking the OSGeo Board for approval to become a platinum sponsor, of our own event, so we can get a great booth? Imagine that reaction. Then, what happens is I instead ask for a booth to the local committee, and they often do their best to give OSGeo a booth.
> My question is: should the OSGeo Conference Committee be including the OSGeo exhibition booth as a requirement for hosting FOSS4G, by adding this to the RFP; or should the OSGeo Board be looking at ways to become platinum sponsors for FOSS4G as well?
> I really feel that this should (well it is) become a requirement. If it is written in the RFP then this pressure is removed.
> Does the OSGeo booth hurt the event's bottom line? (less sponsor space etc., less sponsor revenue) Yes this does open a can of worms, back to the focus/priority/goal of FOSS4G. And I also am acutely aware of OSGeo's lack of marketing committee and materials (it is funny how I/we are asking for great booth space, and yet we don't have professional marketing materials, I realize the irony here). Even still, this needs to be discussed openly.
> But I feel that it is the OSGeo Conference Committee that can solve this.
> Thanks for understanding,
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