[OSGeo-Conf] FOSS4G 2018 - Questions for Dar es Salaam

nitin kumar tripathi nitingis at gmail.com
Sun Oct 16 17:15:32 PDT 2016

Dear Till and friends,

Greetings from Bangkok... Thanks for the valuable questions.

1, Regarding budget.

We have initial expense calculation as follows:

Total number participants at 600

70K for 5 days including WS and Code sprint
50k Venue cost
50k PCO (Professional Conference Organizer)
25k Postage, printing, marketing
20k Broadband internet, computer hire for WS

Based on your rough calculation of income (216k) we expect a zero surplus.
We expect that venue and PC0 costs will
not go up much even if we have 700-750 participants in which case we expect
to generate a surplus of 20K or so.

We off-course would push hard for sponsorship and feel confident of raising
additional 100,000USD through sponsorship. With
the support of OSGeo, we hope we can enhance number of sponsors.

Query 2
Regarding chair and co-chair, through our (Sarawut and me) experience in
organizing several large (300+) conferences
in Thailand, we find that work sharing works very well for us. I am living
and working in Thailand for last 16 years and have very good relations with
Thai Professional community. But having on board a native Thai is very
important as many times we have to do communications and letters in Thai
language for official purpose to attract more number of delegates and
sponsorships. With this idea, I always work with Dr Sarawut as my co-chair.
It worked very well in past. Sarawut will handle aspects related to
technical content and
marketing in Thailand and I plan to handle logistics, international
communications, and marketing. So we choose to have a Chair (me)
and co-chair (Sarawut) for the conference. It is also very efficient as
there will be no delay in response system even if one person is busy in
other works then another one can respond.

I hope I could reply you. Pl. feel free to ask if something in unclear.

Best regards,

*Dr. Nitin Kumar Tripathi*
Professor and Director-Special Degree Program
School of Engineering and Technology
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Geoinformatics
Asian Institute of Technology
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On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 1:43 AM, <till.adams at fossgis.de> wrote:

> Hi Marc, dear all!
> Thanks for your answers, I added them to the WIKI,
> Till
> Am 2016-10-16 20:19, schrieb Mark Iliffe:
>> Hello Till, Cameron, All,
>> Thank you for these questions, our responses are here:
>> 1. We aim to submit our full financial calculation in our proposal and
>> are still in negotiation with the venue. Our budget will also change
>> as seek additional sponsorship;
>> 2. We do list two co-chairs, myself as a one international community
>> member with experience of organising a FOSS4G previously (Nottingham,
>> 2013) and a Msilikale Msilanga, a Tanzanian based community member who
>> has worked extensively in building local communities in Tanzania and
>> elsewhere. We feel that this combination allows us to bridge both
>> communities and to ensure that we can deliver the most relevant
>> conference, not just for the emerging local geo/tech scene but for the
>> international one too;
>> 3. We will have a full schedule of workshops, that will be included in
>> the price of the full conference ticket, we would also aim to release
>> workshop only tickets as well. As per previous FOSS4Gs we’d aim for
>> a community selection of workshops (and main program) to ensure that
>> the workshops reflect the desire of the community;
>> 4. The $100,000 from the World Bank is a recognition of the need for
>> 'Geo' in countries like Tanzania. I’ve worked for the World Bank for
>> the past five years, mostly in Tanzania but also elsewhere in East
>> Africa, as a Geospatial Specialist in the ICT Group, now I’m moving
>> over to the Urban sector. I manage the http://ramanihuria.org/ [13]
>> project aimed at making informally developed communities in Dar es
>> Salaam more resilient to natural hazards. This has led to one of the
>> largest community mapping projects, with residents across Dar es
>> Salaam working with OSM to map their communities. Now we have very
>> finely detailed maps, these can be used for resilience and community
>> planning, but also urban planning etc. _How can we now use this data?_
>> The answer for us has been through training local and national
>> government in tools like QGIS and Grass, this builds fluency and
>> capacity in geo. This is the crux of the support from the World Bank
>> for this, by holding a FOSS4G in Dar es Salaam it would act as a
>> lightning rod to kickstart this, our mission is to eliminate extreme
>> poverty and raise prosperity in countries. The correct use of
>> geospatial data and tools to maximise value from this is crucial, now
>> we have data need to build fluency in the tools. The money would go to
>> support attendance from the Tanzanian Government to workshops and the
>> main program, paying for the venue, PCO, scholarships etc. As per
>> point one, this would be detailed fully in our proposal.
>> If there are any further questions or points for clarification, please
>> don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.
>> Best,
>> Mark
>> On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 2:26 PM, Maria Antonia Brovelli
>>> <maria.brovelli at polimi.it [1]> wrote:
>> Dear Tanzania team
>>> Can you please add pieces of information about workshops (I don't
>>> see them
>>> mentioned in your proposal).
>>> Are they (Tanzania) included in the cost of the Conference.
>>> Many thanks!
>>> Best!
>>> Maria
>> On 16 Oct 2016, at 12:49,
>> Links:
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>> [2] http://www.gaia3d.com/
>> [3] mailto:venka.osgeo at gmail.com
>> [4] mailto:Conference_dev at lists.osgeo.org
>> [5] http://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/conference_dev
>> [6] mailto:Conference_dev at lists.osgeo.org
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>> [10] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Nyerere_International_Airport
>> [11] mailto:shshin at gaia3d.com
>> [12] mailto:Conference_dev at lists.osgeo.org
>> [13] http://ramanihuria.org/
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