[OSGeo-Discuss] West Coast USA Conference

Paul Ramsey pramsey at opengeo.org
Wed May 8 06:44:45 PDT 2013

Since FOSS4G will be in North America next year (assuming an
acceptable bid is received from the continent) there won't be a
FOSS4GNA next year.


On Tue, May 7, 2013 at 10:00 PM, Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com> wrote:
> Hi Alex,
> Next year's location has not been determined yet for FOSS4G-NA. Also the
> main FOSS4G will likely be in North America next year as well.
> Best,
> -Kate
> On Wed, May 8, 2013 at 11:58 AM, Alex Mandel <tech_dev at wildintellect.com>
> wrote:
>> On 05/07/2013 06:54 PM, Landon Blake wrote:
>>> 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
>>> them.
>>> 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
>>> committee.
>>> 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.
>>> Landon
>> I think you should try to organize a committee to bring Foss4g NA to the
>> west coast. Northern California, Oregon or Washington all have a decent
>> number of folks to help with that. Not sure if next years location has
>> already been selected yet or not.
>> Thanks,
>> Alex
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