[Foss4g2008loc] How did the GeoDjango workshop go at FOSS4G 2008?

Gavin Fleming GavinF at mintek.co.za
Wed Feb 4 03:44:11 EST 2009

Well, we planned it as a 'bring your own' workshop because we had the
auditorium available and we wanted to offer as many workshops as
possible. All other workshop and lab venues and times had PCs provided.
We reckoned that people who would be interested in the GeoDjango one
would most likely have their own laptops and it would be mostly web
based so would not required complex installs. 

Two issues we hadn't contended with (or tested properly) were power and

Although most laptops should have had enough battery life for the
workshop (3h), almost everyone wanted a power connection so we had to
scramble to provide extensions. Actually, we had ordered them but the
conference centre hadn't set them up as requested. 

Wireless coverage in that location also was patchy and there was a
higher than expect demand on it. 

In addition, there was more setup required than expected to get everyone
to the same point - maybe Josh or Chris can expand on that.  

Recommendations: Supply power connections for all, ensure good wireless
coverage and bandwidth and ensure that presenters simplify the setup or
insist that attendees come with a minimum install (or provide a CD/DVD
install rather than network download) Or ensure that presenters plan in
more time for setup. 

(and Cape Town not Johannesburg :-))

Hope this helps


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[mailto:foss4g2008loc-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Cameron
Sent: 04 February 2009 10:17 AM
To: FOSS4G2008 local organising committee; foss4g2009
Subject: [Foss4g2008loc] How did the GeoDjango workshop go at FOSS4G

foss4g 2008 OC,

Looking through the 2008 program, I notice that the GeoDjango workshop 
asked participants to bring their own laptops.

We are also considering inviting participants to bring their own laptops

to some of the FOSS4G 2009 tutorials and would like to hear how 
successful this was in Johannesburg. Do you have any lessons learned 
that can  be passed on to us?

Please forward this email onto the presenter(s) if you know who they

Cameron Shorter
Geospatial Systems Architect
Tel: +61 (0)2 8570 5050
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