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

Andy Turner A.G.D.Turner at leeds.ac.uk
Thu Sep 16 02:29:30 PDT 2010

On the bags front, the FOSS4G conference bag from Lausanne was the best conference bag I have ever got and I have used mine loads to carry laptop and stuff and it has lead to some impromptu introductions/meetings. Such a great bag! Mine though is surely wearing out... I would be happy to buy a similar bag and one branded OSGeo. I'm sorry not to have made it to a FOSS4G conference in years. Best wishes, Andy
From: discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [discuss-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Jorge Gaspar Sanz Salinas [jsanz at osgeo.org]
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El 15/09/10 22:39, Seven (aka Arnulf) escribió:
> On 09/15/2010 08:23 PM, strk wrote:
>> On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 06:38:22PM +0900, Venkatesh Raghavan wrote:
>>> g) Was not particularly amused by keynote speaker putting out
>>>     his cap and a great guy running to the stage to put coins.
>> Now _this_ is something I'd have loved to be there to see.
>> @guy : how much did you raise ?
>> --strk;
>>    ()   Free GIS&  Flash consultant/developer
>>    /\   http://strk.keybit.net/services.html
> € 6.50 which is quite a lot more than the common 2 Ct so I's say it was
> a success.
> Sorry if I offended anybody with this "performance". I acted on the spur
> of the moment inspired by the performers on Rambla who only move if
> somebody puts money in their hat. It was supposed to be a funny way of
> showing how money makes the world go round and not intended to humiliate
> anyone or depreciate volunteers' work.
> At the Board of Director meeting we had a more serious dialog about this
> topic. We hope to identify "products" that OSGeo might "sell" to
> sponsors in order to get funding. Or extend our sponsorship program with
> a paid membership for institutions who cannot sponsor. All of this must
> not interfere with the business of OSGeo members and their companies and
> neither will OSGeo allow paying members to meddle with the mission. This
> reduces the potential number of "products" to "sell" considerably.
> Constructive ideas are welcome. Or better even, more sponsors.
> Have fun,
> Arnulf

Some time ago to get some funds the freenode team "sold" t-shirts with
some IRC magic that is applied to your irc nick. I got my t-shirt
(several months later) and my nick magic and I'm also happy to
contribute with the project that sustain a basic communication channel.

In the same way, maybe it could be interesting to accept money from
individuals offering (apart from the gratitude) some kind of artifacts
like a discount for the OSGeo Store, an OSGeo Live USB, an email alias, etc.

Other projects do that kind of things like FSF[1].

My 2cts (Arnulf please don't stop for just that 2cts :P)

[1] https://my.fsf.org/associate/support_freedom/join_fsf?

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