[OSGeo-Discuss] [Board] Free Developer Slots at FOSS4G events

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Sat Mar 9 02:05:24 PST 2013

As a past FOSS4G organisor, I'd like to echo the logic of Steven Feldman 
and the rest of the FOSS4G 2013 committee.

The time to discuss give-aways for foss4g 2013 was when the budget was 
being discussed, because if you give some people a free pass, you need 
to charge others more. This time has passed.

If you wish to influence the direction of future foss4g events, probably 
the best way to do so is get involved in the organising of the 
conference, or maybe help write a foss4g-cookbook (which has been 
discussed for a while, but is yet to materialise).

Personally, I think Bruce Bannerman described well the challenges of 
providing a fair funding policy which everyone is happy with, and which 
will attract attendees. (Paolo, your ideals are worthy, but practical 
implementation is a mind field of dissatisfied attendees).

On 9/03/2013 6:07 PM, Paolo Cavallini wrote:
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> Il 08/03/2013 16:16, Steven Feldman ha scritto:
>> I've been following the conversation that was prompted by Paolo's
>> comment about FOSS4G pricing
>> We are trying to balance the need to have an economically viable
>> conference that covers costs and returns funds to OSGeo (which is
>> what we were asked to do) with making the event as affordable and
>> accessible as possible. We consulted with the OSGeo Board on how to
>> balance these objectives before finalising our prices.
> Hi all.
> We have shown that admitting for free a limited number of top developers
> from OSGeo core projects, that could not otherwise attend, will not be a
> cost to the conference, but an opportunity. The attitude shown confirms
> the widespread feeling of a modest attention to developers, and of the
> primary aim of FOSS4G as a moneymaking machine.
> To me, developers are really the blood and nerves of free software, and
> should be cared of.
> This closure to a reasonable proposal does not shed a bight light on
> OSGeo, too.
> All the best.
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