[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G Denver update: sponsorship, logo, web site

Adrian Custer acuster at gmail.com
Thu Dec 23 05:43:10 PST 2010

On Tue, 2010-12-21 at 09:31 -0700, Peter Batty wrote:
> The organizing committee has been working away on various tasks for
> next September’s FOSS4G conference in Denver. We now have sponsorship
> details sorted out – you can download the brochure at
> http://bit.ly/gbWbey (PDF). We are offering a 10% discount for any
> sponsors who commit by the end of January.

Hello Peter,

Thanks to all of you for your work on FOSS4g2011!

Some questions below about whether you have settled on an explicit focus
for your conference. It seems your choices during your organization work
will invariably influence the nature of this conference as mainly either
a gathering of free software hackers for fun and cooperation or as a
platform for those of us vending our software projects. I wonder how
much thinking and conscious decision making you have made on this issue.

Will there be any limits on talks from the same organization, from the
same vendor, or from members of the organizing and selection committees?
In particular, how does this work in that sponsors at the
$most_precious_metal sponsorship level are already guaranteed one slot?

Also, are talk proposals once again going to be submitted to a
popularity vote? In my analysis, that resulted in getting many talks
from the well known projects and well known personalities rather than
getting a wide distribution of talks favouring the, possibly whacky,
smaller projects. All are interesting, of course, but lead to a
different flavour for the gathering so I am wondering what you are
hoping to produce.

Thanks for the clarification,

> We also have a winner in our logo contest, which you can see at our
> web site which is now up at http://2011.foss4g.org/. We had over 800
> votes in total, thanks to everyone who voted! The logo design was an
> interesting process. Creating a logo is always tricky because you have
> as many different opinions as people involved in the process! We used
> a site called crowdspring, as you will know if you voted – multiple
> people compete to create your logo, which we found worked very well.
> And then they also have a voting process you can use if you like,
> which I found very helpful to choose a winner from the multiple good
> entries.
> And as mentioned above, our web site is now up and running - it will
> have a lot more content added to it over the coming weeks. But check
> out the timetable leading up to the conference – some significant
> items coming up are the call for workshops which will be out in mid
> January, and the call for papers which will be out at the beginning of
> February.
> Cheers,
>     Peter.
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