[OSGeo-Conf] Start 2019 RFP / Board discussion about RFP for FOSS4G-2019
dirk.frigne at geosparc.com
Thu Aug 31 06:51:55 PDT 2017
IMHO was Bonn (2016) during the last week of August. Boston (2017) was
August 15, which is a holiday and in the middle of the holiday season.
btw, how many visitors where in Boston?
On 31-08-17 15:17, Bart van den Eijnden wrote:
> Several members of our community have pointed out that it is an issue
> for them to attend, e.g. Jeroen Ticheler pointed this out before. For me
> this is the same, I normally can't attend a conference in the school
> vacation. Boston wasn't possible. Bonn was barely possible because
> schools had just started that week (but some years school vacation will
> be until early September even due to regional rotation).
> Looking at attendance figures and saying it's no big issue doesn't
> really give the right attention to the problem IMHO.
> Also even if the venue might be cheaper, I'm sure flights and
> accommodation will be expensive in the European holiday season.
> Best regards,
> On 31-08-17 15:03, Steven Feldman wrote:
>> 2016 was in august and attracted 940/950 people
>> 2017 was in august and attracted 1140 people
>> That's record attendance 2 years running (in August)
>> Doesn't look like August is a big issue for us in the northern
>> I also heard from some of the organisers that they were able to obtain
>> lower rates for venues in August
>> I think we should leave it to LOCs to propose the dates that work for
>> them based on regional holiday patterns, pricing, weather and any
>> other constraints they may have
>> Now I'm going back to my end of august holiday ;)
>> On 31 Aug 2017, at 13:15, María Arias de Reyna <delawen at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Also I can imagine of editing the section regarding the conference
>>>> I think we just have s.t.h like a target timeperiod (Sept-Oct), but we
>>>> should hint bidding teams, that they may choose the best and/or
>>>> maybe also
>>>> cheaper period around this target period. On the other hand, I also
>>>> that there have been some problems for people attending the
>>>> conferences in
>>>> 2016 and 2017 that took place in holiday-pregnant August, so maybe
>>>> we can
>>>> also have a discussion whether we can/will allow people to have their
>>>> conference in August?
>>> I think this is very important. Having the conference during the
>>> northern summer may look appealing to people that go to conferences as
>>> if they were holidays. But for people that need to take care of their
>>> family or people that just want to enjoy their holidays disconnecting
>>> from work, this is a major issue.
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