[OSGeo-Discuss] FOSS4G-CEE congratulations

Vasile Craciunescu vasile at geo-spatial.org
Sat Jun 29 02:52:54 PDT 2013

Dear all,

Please accept my apologies for replying so late. I had to recover after 
the conference and the "recovery mission". In the name of the organizing 
committee I would like to thank you all for the kind words. It was a 
great honor for us to organize the 2013 edition of FOSS4G-CEE and we are 
glad that everything went smooth for us and for the participants.

Photos and slides will be available soon on the conference website. 
Along with the team from Prague and other enthusiasts we are keen to 
continue this series of events.

We also intend to incorporate what we have learned from organizing such 
event to the FOSS4G Cookbook.

Thanks again,

On 6/26/13 6:38 PM, Anne Ghisla wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:04:46 -0300
> Jeff McKenna <jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com> wrote:
>> Very rude of me to forget: Markus' textbook-like history of FOSS4G
>> keynote. He researched into our 30 year history, emailing people for
>> details, digging into internet archives...it's really something that
>> he has produced.  This is exactly opposite of a copy/paste
>> presentation. Everyone should review it:
>> http://www.slideshare.net/markusN/scaling-up-globally-30-years-of-foss4g-development-keynote-at-foss4gcee-2013-romania
>> Again, thanks to the CEE local organizers (the fun geo-spatial.org
>> team).  Enjoy your recovery mission.
>> -jeff
> I fully second Jeff's words!
> Let me thank Vasile and the LOC for their excellent work - the
> event schedule was full, but left enough time to let participants meet
> and discuss freely. I met so many great people at the breaks and
> evenings, and attended inspiring talks.
> The momentum in Romanian open source geospatial group is a great
> example for Local Chapters, both established and in formation. The
> self-organisation, amount of material collected, level of ongoing
> activities, contacts with institutions and education, is really
> impressive.
> I welcome all people interested in forming an local FOSS4G group to
> take inspiration from their history, and ask them for guidance. I am
> proud that the Romanian group is now an OSGeo chapter - we have all so
> much to learn from such a passionate team.
> We also had mini Board face-to-face meetings - Jeff, Jachym and me -
> extended to anyone who sat at our table and shared a bit of
> discussion. It has been so useful to have such a high-bandwidth chat! I
> feel that as a Board member I have to listen a lot and collect all
> thoughts, bring attention to interesting local activities, and see which
> actions are better suited to be carried globally by OSGeo.
> Thanks again for the great week in Romania!
> Anne
>> On 2013-06-25 1:50 PM, Jeff McKenna wrote:
>>> Hello everyone,
>>> I noticed several others have commented on the success of last
>>> week's FOSS4G-CEE event (maybe on another list, sorry I am terrible
>>> handling cross-posts with my email client, so I tend to send to one
>>> list at a time only): great reviews by Markus, Jachym, and Gerald.
>>> My brain is finally starting to come back online now, and I want to
>>> add to the praise for FOSS4G-CEE-Bucharest.  Some highlights:
>>> - wonderful event location (National library of Romania)
>>> - passionate vision of Vasile, the chair (he would get about 2
>>> hours of sleep each night and then be at the venue organizing
>>> before others arrive next morning, each day)
>>> - good sized event (~220 attendees)
>>> - focus on workshops for OSGeo projects (Cameron would be happy to
>>> hear that the LOC relied heavily on the wonderful OSGeo-Live
>>> project)
>>> - LOC really focused and stressed to the speakers and keynotes that
>>> the goal of this event is for the students, to learn, to share, to
>>> grow.  I was very impressed with this vision, and I hope other
>>> FOSS4G local committees take note.
>>> - Dirk Frigne's keynote on Open Source geospatial business models
>>> and our ecosystem was, such a highlight, and he should be asked to
>>> speak about this at every FOSS4G event.  It's a call to action and
>>> Dirk is a leader.
>>> - social events organized for each night, and a default location
>>> (pub's patio) was always available to meet at
>>> - most importantly: the Romanians were wonderful gracious hosts.  I
>>> was treated like royalty.  It was so very nice to experience such a
>>> beautiful country.
>>> Just like the recent FOSS4G-BA event, I found the CEE-Bucharest
>>> event to feel like the early days of FOSS4G, the energy, the
>>> passion, the excitement to share.  All of the LOC for CEE-Bucharest
>>> need a big pat on the back (and a week of recovery) for a wonderful
>>> international event.
>>> And hint: the momentum will continue...
>>> -jeff
>>> (what a great year of FOSS4G events we have on the calendar for
>>> 2013. we should all be proud)
> Anne
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