[OSGeo-Conf] Open open source, reduce registration fees.

Paul Ramsey pramsey at cleverelephant.ca
Mon Feb 6 09:15:02 PST 2017

Regular reminder:
No doubt a $100 drop on registration would be determinative for a few, but
it will not do much to change the equation for even a backpacking overseas
traveller, who will pay (from Vancouver) $1000 to get there and $600+ in
accommodation and meals, depending on how long they stay (doing workshops?
doing code sprint?)
Using second-city sites (Victoria instead of Vancouver, Lausanne instead of
Geneva) can shave registration dollars at the margins, but they'll get
eaten up instead in travel costs.
Local regional conferences (Foss4g.nl) should probably aim to go low and
hyper-accessible, since they draw from a population that can economize on
all aspects of the conference experience (stay at home, get up at 4am and
walk to the venue from Haarlem, bring a bag lunch). Foss4g international
is... international, there's going to be a minimum spend to get there and
do it, no matter how few coffees are served, how spare the venue, or how
much volunteers are used and abused.

On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 7:54 AM, Steven Feldman <shfeldman at gmail.com> wrote:

> Reposting this from the board list as it may interest the CC.
> The current target in RfP is $650 including social activities but
> excluding workshops. The costs of travel and accommodation have equalled
> or, for out of region delegates, exceed the registration costs.
> To my knowledge no proposal has been received for the last 5 years that
> was able to support 800+ delegates at ca $500
> 2019 will be a ‘European’ year, I am sure that the CC would welcome a $500
> proposal from the Netherlands community
> ______
> Steven
> Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2017 09:38:47 +0000
> From: <l.g.j.boerboom at utwente.nl>
> To: <board at lists.osgeo.org>
> Subject: [Board] Open open source, reduce registration fees.
> Message-ID: <62bfc24ab8c3406490757d8c14802bbe at EXMBX32.ad.utwente.nl>
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> Dear board,
> Where is the cap on registration fees for FOSS4G? You have closed open
> source to me with these steep registration fees. You have to change this. A
> few years ago I could hardly convince my departmental management to pay for
> registration. Now it is impossible! Please open up the conference again.
> Open open source! Those who cannot organize a conference below $500 should
> not be allowed to organize. Scale down. No fancy stuff. Back to the basics!
> Back to the core!
> With kind regards,
> Luc Boerboom
> Dr. Ir. Luc Boerboom
> Assist. Prof Spatial Planning and Decision Support Systems and
> Infrastructures
> Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Geo-information Management
> Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC),
> http://www.itc.nl/
> University of Twente, http://www.utwente.nl/
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