[OSGeo-Conf] Time to decide on FOSS4G NA 2017

Venka venka.osgeo at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 17:46:36 PST 2016

Dear All,

I agree with the views expressed by Steven.
More comments below.

On 2/19/2016 8:09 AM, Steven Feldman wrote:
> A NA regional event and a global event in the same year could be
> different. It may be possible to differentiate the appeal of the 2
> events to different audiences but I would need convincing on this. I
> know that we have a global event in Europe this year and the
> community has chosen not to run a regional event in the same year
> (there will be a couple of much smaller country level events).

In 2015, the Asian community also chose not to run the FOSS4G-Asia 
regional event.

> Perhaps the Boston team should be asked for their opinions and at the
> very least they should rework their budget to take account of the
> potential reduction in sponsorship and delegates that could result?

+1 to consulting the Boston team and if possible, also asking FOSS4G and 
FOSS4G-NA attendees/sponsors (past and 2016) to find out if many would 
consider attending/sponsoring both events if they are organized in the 
same year.



>> On 18 Feb 2016, at 19:37, David William Bitner
>> <bitner at dbspatial.com> wrote:
>> If any folks from the OSGeo Conference Committee have thoughts or
>> concerns on this, I'd love to hear them on FOSS4G NA selection
>> mailing list
>> <https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21forum/foss4gna_selection>.
>> ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Andrea Ross
>> <fosslc at gmail.com <mailto:fosslc at gmail.com>> Date: Thu, Feb 18,
>> 2016 at 1:32 PM Subject: Time to decide on FOSS4G NA 2017 To:
>> "foss4gna_selection at googlegroups.com
>> <mailto:foss4gna_selection at googlegroups.com>"
>> <foss4gna_selection at googlegroups.com
>> <mailto:foss4gna_selection at googlegroups.com>>
>> Dear Everyone,
>> As many of you know, FOSS4G NA is an important annual conference
>> for a number of communities, projects, and initiatives. OSGeo &
>> LocationTech are two of the well known Foundations participating,
>> but FOSS4G NA spans well beyond both.
>> In 2015, a number of people participated in crafting governance for
>> <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WlgmJgtl0LaV0EO0NtDDSnloTgsIvxu9KwddPDwX1WU/edit>.
>> Following that governance, the core committee (see below), is
>> working on making a decision regarding FOSS4G NA 2017.
>> The key decision for the short term is whether FOSS4G NA 2017
>> should be held in 2017. FOSS4G Global will be held in Boston in
>> late August (IIRC), so the decision is not as simple as it would
>> have otherwise been.
>> Discussion is taking place on the FOSS4G NA selection mailing list
>> <https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21forum/foss4gna_selection>. All
>> are invited to participate.
>> For context:
>> FOSS4G NA has grown into a good sized conference in its own right,
>> and keeps growing. The next one is taking place May 2-5, 2016 in
>> Raleigh North Carolina <https://2016.foss4g-na.org/>. FOSS4G NA has
>> done some things differently than global such as free passes for
>> speakers, registration discounts for committers, and and more. In
>> other regions, the regional conferences have run in the same year
>> as FOSS4G Global with no serious issues noted. It is likely FOSS4G
>> NA could run anywhere other than the North-eastern United states,
>> and both it and FOSS4G Global in Boston would succeed. A few groups
>> have expressed some interest in FOSS4G NA 2017 being hosted in
>> their region including San Francisco and Ottawa. It is now time to
>> decide if we proceed with NA 2017, or not.
>> As per the FOSS4G NA governance
>> <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WlgmJgtl0LaV0EO0NtDDSnloTgsIvxu9KwddPDwX1WU/edit#>,
>> the committee consists of: 3 past chairs of FOSS4G NA (Currently:
>> Eddie Pickle, David Bitner, Rob Emanuele) 1 representative for
>> OSGeo (Currently: Mark Lucas) 1 representative for LocationTech
>> (Currently: Jim Hughes) Sarah Cordivano (chair 2016), will soon
>> join the FOSS4G NA core committee as Eddie Pickle (chair 2012)
>> retires from it.
>> For those interested, the kinds of things the committee is looking
>> for in a place to host FOSS4G NA are: Good flight links
>> nationally. Appropriate sized venue (500-700 people). A choice of
>> accommodations at various price points. Economical price point for
>> the conference venue. Active community in the region. Downtown
>> location near many points of interest is a big plus Kind regards,
>> Andrea
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