[OSGeo-Discuss] Sign up for Bonus Activities at the Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial conference (FOSS4G)

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at lisasoft.com
Fri Aug 14 02:08:57 PDT 2009

Sydney, Australia. 14 August 2009. http://2009.foss4g.org

The FOSS4G conference is famous for its community driven, 
extra-curricular activities and wiki pages are now open for community 
members to define these activities for 2009. So if you want to get more 
out of FOSS4G than just listening, if you have a topic you want to 
discuss, a message you want to share, a product you want to show off, or 
you want to network with like minded people, then please consider adding 
your name to one of the following activities.

    Birds of a Feather

Semi-organised meetings between people with specific shared interests. 
If you have a discussion topic or project in mind and want to coordinate 
a BoF session, please add it to our working list. 

    OSGeo AGM

OSGeo's Annual General Meeting which will hear reports from Local 
Chapters and OSGeo Committees. 


At the start of the conference, community members will be helping 
delegates install a wide variety of FOSS software on delegates laptops. 
Add the name of your project and yourself to the wiki if you will be 
attending. See also the Live DVD. 


Limited poster boards will be on hand for the duration of the 
conference. Add your proposed project and contact details to the wiki so 
we can determine how big posters should be, and how many we can accept. 
Monitor poster discussion on the foss4g email list. 

    Demo Theater

Ten minute product presentation slots will be running during morning tea 
and lunch breaks. These presentations are being offered first to 
sponsors, then to community members. Contact the coordinators if you 
wish to be involved. 

    Live DVD

A Linux based Live DVD, with windows installers, will be provided to all 
delegates. This disk will further be available for use at conferences 
and marketing events around the world long after FOSS4G. This is a huge 
marketing opportunity, but is currently under-resourced; there is a 
chance we will be left using the same DVD produced for the 2008 
conference. If you are a good community organisor, or a wiz technical 
geek, please help out with this activity. 

    Code Sprint

Saturday after FOSS4G: Passionate programmers + pizza + caffeine + 
whiteboards + wireless = great software advancements. Add a project you 
wish to work on, a coordinator, and goals for your code sprint. 

    The Climate Change Integration Plugfest (CCIP)

A demonstration of standards based interoperability between Open Source 
and Proprietary geospatial applications based on a Climate Change 
Scenario, being coordinated by the OGC. Contact Raj Singh if interested. 


Want to help out with all the extra little jobs, or need volunteers for 
specific activities? http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2009_Volunteers

  About FOSS4G

The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) conference, 
coming to Sydney, Australia, 20-23 October 2009, attracts presentations 
from the world's best Developers, Policy Makers, Sponsors and Geospatial 
Professionals in the area of geospatial applications, standards, 
government programs, business processes and case studies. Topics include 
mobile platforms, location based applications, crowd sourcing, cloud 
computing, development, spatial standards, integration of cross-agency 
data, Spatial Data Infrastructures, Sensor Webs, Web Processing 
Services, Integration of Open Source and Proprietary Software and more.


    Upcoming milestones

    * 14 Sep 2009, *Completed program available*
    * 20 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Workshop
    * 21-23 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Presentations and Tutorials
    * 24 Oct 2009, FOSS4G Code Sprint

    Media Sponsors

    * Position Magazine: http://www.positionmag.com.au/
    * Asian Surveying and Mapping Newsletter: http://www.asmmag.com
    * Geoconnexions Magazine: http://www.geoconnexion.com/
    * Directions Magazine: http://directionsmag.com/
    * GIS Development: http://gisdevelopment.net/
    * Baliz Media: http://www.BALIZ-MEDIA.com/


For more information or to keep informed from the FOSS4G Organising 
Committee, join our email list or twitter feed at: 

or contact:

Cameron Shorter, Chair of the FOSS4G Organising Committee and Geospatial 
Systems Architect at LISAsoft

tel +61-2-8570-5050

c a m e r o n . s h o r t e r @ l i s a s o f t . c o m

Cameron Shorter
Geospatial Systems Architect
Tel: +61 (0)2 8570 5050
Mob: +61 (0)419 142 254

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