[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G2010: Good, Bad and the Ugly

Seven (aka Arnulf) seven at arnulf.us
Wed Sep 15 13:24:25 PDT 2010

thanks for the feedback. Ideally you would also add this to the Lessosn 
Learned page in the Wiki [1] to be considered at the next conference.

Conference Committee,
it would be great to compile all our experience into a comprehensive 
conference manual. We did this for FOSSGIS in Germany and it helps the 
local teams a lot in running a conference. There already is a lot in the 
Wiki but it is all over the place. Maybe one starting page with a list 
of links would already be a good start. Anybody interested in taking a 

Best regards,

[1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2010_Lessons_Learned

On 09/15/2010 11:38 AM, Venkatesh Raghavan wrote:
> Hi All,
> Back to work after four weeks on the road
> with the ZOO-Team.
> Enjoyed being at FOSS4G2010. As usual there
> many good things, few bad things at least
> one ugly incident (for the ZOO-Team).
> About the good things, i will not spend too
> much time as it is obvious to all. Just to
> mention that it was wonderful to meet many
> of you folks and learn new things.
> Few bad things that I will elaborate more below;
> a) Difficulty in meet people since we were all spread
> out and there was not much info about common meeting
> points
> b) No "Practical Guide"
> c) No ice-breaker
> d) Had to pay for FOSS4G2010 T-Shirt
> e) Lunch at least on the first day was a sea of people and
> great difficulty in getting to the food. Choose to grab
> a sandwich nearby coffee shop
> f) Having poster session in lunch-time and having authors
> being present in front of their posters to answer questions.
> g) Was not particularly amused by keynote speaker putting out
> his cap and a great guy running to the stage to put coins.
> Must think of better gimmicks to get money flowing into OSGeo.
> h) AGM should be planned well in advance. The idea of canceling
> Local Chapter Reports and Committee reports was not a good one
> i) Some kind of OSGeo-Nostalgia talk with ex-board director was
> missing
> j) seated tables at Gala Dinner. Would have been better like a buffet
> with people able to mingle.
> k) Could not see many students. Also, suggestions for best student
> paper and poster award that I have been talking about since long
> is not yet considered.
> k) Bad also that I forget some other points to be listed here.
> As for the ugly incident, we had to miss the AGM as
> our car was towed away by the police for a minor parking
> violation.
> Hope to see some of you folks in some other parts
> of the world when we will have more of the good,
> few of the bad and none of the ugly.
> Cheers
> Venka
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