[OSGeo-Discuss] Costly FOSS4Gs

Andy Anderson aanderson at amherst.edu
Sat Oct 21 07:20:48 PDT 2017

Maybe this was mentioned before, but videos are available for many presentations at FOSS4G 2017:


I believe that more are coming.

By the way, producing these videos costs a lot of money, too. They are beneficial to everyone, but they are paid for by attendee registrations.

— Andy

On Oct 21, 2017, at 3:35 AM, Till Adams <till.adams at fossgis.de<mailto:till.adams at fossgis.de>> wrote:

In 2016 we also streamed the whole conference - for free.


Am 18.10.2017 um 20:06 schrieb Nonie Castro:
Just a thought – this year NACIS livestreamed their entire conference<http://nacis.org/annual-meeting/current-meeting/> to their members.

Maybe charging a fee to receive streams of the FOSS4G sessions would allow some people to attend that couldn’t otherwise afford to.
I count myself in that number.

Thank you,

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On Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 8:39 AM, Bruce Bannerman <bruce.bannerman.osgeo at gmail.com<mailto:bruce.bannerman.osgeo at gmail.com>> wrote:
When you look at the costs associated with a person attending a typical international FOSS4G event, the actual conference fees a small amount of the actual cost.

Consider airfares, transportation, accomodation, meals, lost wages etc. There is nothing that an LOC can do about these individual costs.

Ah hem, nothing that the LOC can do once the conference site is chosen, but something that OSGeo can do when assigning the location and timing.
And I believe that is happening, if I'm not wrong for the first time the LOC needs to provide expected cost of airfare and accommodation as part
of their proposal, which will make people consider carefully that aspect too.

Another aspect that was not cited but that I heard in conversations and believe is important, it's that it is really hard to compress
the cost of a large conference: the LOC needs a place that can host 1000 people, and that can give internet to this many people,
that places forces the catering package on you (I've been told by several conference chairs there no way to dodge that) and the
two together make up for a large amount of the cost.

So, besides some exceptions (think FOSDEM) it seems the only way to setup a cheaper conference is to make a smaller
one that can be hosted at a university or in a smaller conference center. Hence the focus on the local conferences.
I believe the threshold is at around 500 people, larger than that one is hung on the costly options.



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