[OSGeo-Conf] [Board] FOSS4G Boston Travel Grants ~ IMPORTANT request

Till Adams till.adams at fossgis.de
Wed May 3 23:32:31 PDT 2017

I raise my hand as volunteer.


Am 03.05.2017 um 18:10 schrieb Jody Garnett:
> We covered this in last months board meeting, so far we need
> volunteers willing to take part.
> You many not be specifically happy with the direction thus far (travel
> grant fund available to all osgeo events, focused on diversity, event
> organizers apply similar to code sprints).
> I have draft I am working on based on discussion thus far (using code
> sprint guidelines as a starting point).
>>  Travel Grant Guidelines
> <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jYDOd87redxMHwT-xURcBrD7xwOeAPdVVLWZtIbM7-w/edit?usp=drive_web>
> --
> Jody Garnett
> On 3 May 2017 at 07:59, Steven Feldman <shfeldman at gmail.com
> <mailto:shfeldman at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     I fully support Michael’s request. 
>     It is time for OSGeo to establish a transparent policy on travel
>     grants, to fund them and most importantly to administer them
>     ______
>     Steven
>>     On 3 May 2017, at 13:56, Till Adams <till.adams at fossgis.de
>>     <mailto:till.adams at fossgis.de>> wrote:
>>     As you all can see we've been very busy assembling our program
>>     (225 accepted talks
>>     <http://2017.foss4g.org/accepted-presentations/>, out of 423
>>     submitted) and rounding out the sponsorship for the conference
>>     (>$200k of commitments <http://2017.foss4g.org/sponsor/>). And
>>     now, with 2 weeks to go before the Early Bird expires,
>>     registration is starting to pickup with ~200 registrations processed.
>>     And, with registration on people's minds we have started to get
>>     the inevitable requests for financial support (e.g., and accepted
>>     speaker who's company cannot pay; graduate students looking for
>>     support; etc.) and we expect those requests to continue. The
>>     Boston LOC (BLOC) would dearly like to have a "Travel Grant
>>     Program", but as was pointed out in earlier threads (I believe by
>>     both Steven Feldman and Jody Garnett) it is difficult for the
>>     host LOC to run such a program. For instance:
>>      1. We do not yet know our financial condition. With
>>         registrations being notoriously late, we won't know if/how
>>         much $'s are available for such a program for some time.
>>      2. Administering such a program takes time, and our primary
>>         focus is on producing the conference and the workshops.
>>      3. Decisions on criteria for choosing recipients and the amount
>>         of individual grants can be delicate and the
>>         criteria/objectives may differ between the BLOC and OSGeo
>>     As such,*the BLOC would like to make a formal request that OSGeo
>>     establish and administer a travel grant program for the Boston
>>     2017 event*. We would gladly collaborate and help advertise the
>>     program (e.g., on our website and through referrals), but we
>>     would concur that this program should be established and funded
>>     by OSGeo. We have high hopes that the proceeds from Boston will
>>     reimburse OSGeo's investment in subsidizing attendance from
>>     certain communities. And, we too will be looking to offer other
>>     opportunities for financial support through our volunteer
>>     program, and potentially a "need-based" registration discount (if
>>     our Early Bird registrations give us increased confidence in our
>>     financial success).
>>     Thank you in advance for considering this request. Please let us
>>     know if you have any questions.
>>     Sincerely, MT & the BLOC
>>     -- 
>>     *Michael Terner*
>>     /Executive Vice President
>>     ​ & Chair FOSS4G Boston 2017​
>>     /
>>     Applied Geographics, Inc.
>>     This e-mail message and any attachments may contain confidential
>>     or legally privileged information. If you are not an intended
>>     recipient or otherwise authorized to receive this message, you
>>     should not use, copy, distribute, disclose or take any action
>>     based on the information contained in this e-mail or any
>>     attachments. If you have received this message and material in
>>     error, please advise the sender immediately by reply e-mail and
>>     delete this message. Thank you on behalf of Applied Geographics,
>>     Inc. (AppGeo)._______________________________________________
>>     Conference_dev mailing list
>>     Conference_dev at lists.osgeo.org
>>     <mailto:Conference_dev at lists.osgeo.org>
>>     https://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/conference_dev
>>     <https://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/conference_dev>
>     _______________________________________________
>     Board mailing list
>     Board at lists.osgeo.org <mailto:Board at lists.osgeo.org>
>     https://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/board
>     <https://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/board>

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/conference_dev/attachments/20170504/7088636d/attachment.html>

More information about the Conference_dev mailing list