[OSGeo-Conf] student attendees in Paris

Fenoy Gerald gerald.fenoy at geolabs.fr
Thu Jul 27 02:04:48 PDT 2017

Dear Till,
thanks for your request.

During this year FOSS4G-Europe we were very surprised to have only 25 attendees (on 330) that has benefited of the student discount.

This number is very low from my point of view and was a bit disappointing. Indeed, I think that in Bremen and Como the number of student was very high.

From what we have discussed internally, one cause may be that the student were in holidays, they have finished their exam just a few weeks ago so they may have other interests at that time (such as organizing for the next year, searching for a new appartement and so on).

Despite we were not able to attract enough students and whatever is the reason for them to not come, I still think it is one key target of the FOSS4G-Europe as they are the next generation.

So, in that sense, this year, we have failed as we were not able to attract more students.

I hope my answer is clear.

Gérald Fenoy

> Le 27 juil. 2017 à 09:12, Till Adams <till.adams at fossgis.de> a écrit :
> Dear Gerald,
> in order to get a better insight into students interest in our FOSS4G
> conferences, I'd like to ask you, whether you know how many of your
> attendees have been students?
> You know, that there are big discussions about how to open FOSS4G
> conferences for students, but before we have deeper discussions on
> changing a really succesful format (see > 1000 attendees for Boston) I'd
> like to get a better picture on the general interest of students,
> especially on the events, that are already low budget.
> Many thanks!
> Till

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