[OSGeo-Discuss] some post-FOSS4G thoughts

Landon Blake lblake at ksninc.com
Tue Oct 7 11:54:18 PDT 2008

When I think about the possibility of setting up a local or regional
conference I get a little scared about the unknowns. How do you go about
locating conference space? Do you approach local hotels and motels about
discount rooming rates?


Would it be possible to have a way for the FOSS4G conference folks
assist a chapter interested in a regional conference?





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[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Chip Taylor
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 11:20 AM
To: 'OSGeo Discussions'
Subject: RE: [OSGeo-Discuss] some post-FOSS4G thoughts


I have to agree that something more "local" needs to be offered as well.
I attended the Victoria conference and found it to be one of the most
useful conferences I had attended in many years.  But the cost of an
airline ticket from Seattle to Capetown was nearly $2,000 US. Flying
time to Capetown was on the order of 24 hours and returning the flying
time was over 31 hours.  That's 55 hours of grueling travel time, not to
mention airport time. Add in the hotel/B&B/tent/sleeping on the street,
food and the conference fees you are talking a good bit of expense here.
In both cash and time, this was just too prohibitive.  My company would
have rejected it outright and I certainly could not have afforded it
from my own funds.


I hope to attend a FOSS4G conference again, but I am afraid with world
finances the way they are, as well as airline situations, it will be
quite a few years before I can do that.


Chip Taylor

Prepared Response, Inc

Tacoma, WA


From: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org
[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Daniel Ames
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 11:08 AM
To: OSGeo Discussions
Subject: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] some post-FOSS4G thoughts


I'll make another plug for Helena's suggestion on the conference list
that an International FOSS4g be offered every other year. In alternate
years members would be encouraged to run regional and/or project
specific small conferences... - Dan

On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 12:04 PM, Landon Blake <lblake at ksninc.com> wrote:

I really think the best solution to this issue would be smaller,
regional conferences. Perhaps this could be an issue that could be
tackled by local OSGeo Chapters?


It would be cool if we could get a point location and radius of
acceptable travel from each OSGeo member. You could then determine which
host cities for a local or regional conference would impact the most




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