[OSGeo-Discuss] West Coast USA Conference

Landon Blake sunburned.surveyor at gmail.com
Tue May 7 18:54:14 PDT 2013

I've been tossing around the idea of organizing an open source GIS
conference on the USA West Coast. I'd thought it would be good to bounce
that idea by this general discussion list.

I think the organization of a conference could be spearheaded by the
California Chapter under my lead. I know the PDX chapter is also on the
West Coast and may be interested.

If we couldn't swing a self-hosted event I think there is a good change I
could get a day on the program of the California/Nevada land surveyors
conference, which is usually in Reno every spring. This would greatly
reduce the cost, and would have the added benefit of bringing in some extra
revenue to the surveying conference. I have some connections with the
California surveying organization that puts on the Reno conference and I
serve on their GIS Committee. I would be able to explore this option with

Please let me know if you would be interested in helping me organize a one
or two day event on the West Coast. If there is enough support, I'll open a
more detailed discussion on the California Chapter mailing list, and will
try to see if there are enough volunteers to form a West Coast conference

My employer might be willing to help sponsor some of the costs for a
smaller self-hosted event for 50 to 100 people.

I don't want this to take the steam out of a national USA FOSS4G
conference. But I think there is a good opportunity to capture the interest
of local folks that won't attend a national conference, especially in the
Silicon Valley. Perhaps we could coordinate with the USA FOSS4G folks to
have an event in California every two or three years?

Please share your thoughts.

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