[Marketing] OSCON 2008 in Portland (was Marketing Meeting)

percy percyd at pdx.edu
Tue Jun 10 18:00:09 EDT 2008

An update:

We will be sharing the IBM booth at OSCON in Portland with OSU's 
OpenSourceLab, and the IBM LinuxDEV Team.

I have the popup banner, and the table skirt already. They have no 
problem with us using the OSGEO logo at their booth.

We'll have power and tables.

If someone could save me the trouble of figuring out how to get 
brochures, I would dearly appreciate it.

I liked the joke about the petting zoo. I'll have to share that with Tim!

I think we will have 2 passes to share amongst all the volunteers from 
both schools. It would probably help cement my crew if I could get 1 
pass to share just for the OSGEO team.

As we get closer to the event (currently ~ 6 weeks away) I'll look into 
the BOF ideas and give you a budget for food and drink to 


2/25/2008 Arnulf Christl wrote:
> All,
> Wednesday this week is time for Marketing IRC meeting but I might not be 
> able to make it due to travel. Please go ahead anyway.
> Hi Percy,
> at the last meeting we did not get around to talk about this so I wanted 
> to bring it up on the list again. Comments inline.
> percy wrote:
>> Tyler thought I should join the marketing committee so we could talk 
>> about OSGEO presence at OSCON in Portland this year. I've represented 
>> OSGEO in this capacity for the last two years.
> Excellent, any kind of continuity is good. Next thing is you try to 
> "build" a group of people around who can do the same thing in a year 
> where you'd rather go on vacations. Obviously groups don't get built but 
> they coagulate around a crystallization node, etc.
>> Since AutoDesk isn't sponsoring a booth this year, I thought I'd get 
>> creative and see what we could come up with.
>> IBM sponsors a booth for PSU every year, usually. Bart Massey from our 
>> CS dept is in charge of it (and, incidentally, Goog SOC), and he gets 
>> student volunteers to staff the booth and talk about OS at PSU. Also, 
>> Oregon State's Open Source Labs (OSL) is usually at that booth. This 
>> year Bart has agreed, over lunch today, to have us focus on open 
>> source GIS. So I will help corral some students and we'll talk about 
>> our web-mapping products. I assume we'll put up the OSGEO banner and 
>> have pamplets.
> Excellent. Do you have a banner? If not Marketing should be able to make 
> one and ship it to you or - even better - only refund your expenses. In 
> the latter case you should get an offer beforehand and let Marketing 
> know how much it will be so that we can check with our budget (a moving 
> target anyway). I suggest that this banner would then stay with you so 
> that you can reuse it for presentations, conferences, etc. and give it 
> to people in your vicinity for the same purposes. Shipping them around 
> is probably more expensive and less reliable in the long run. There are 
> some images of the banners we have used so far in the Wiki (but it is 
> down again right now).
>> Tim Welch from EcoTrust has also offered to help. He was one of our 
>> PSU student volunteers last year, and now has a real job doing 
>> development using most OSGEO tools. (maybe he should be a case study).
> Excellent, thats a good idea. Maybe we could make him our first live, 
> interactive exhibit (like colts in petting zoos). (Disclaimer: I am 
> trying to be funny, if this is objectionable in your culture I 
> apologize... :-)
>> Anyway... I think a BOF where we show off some cool apps, maybe do 
>> some lighting talks would be nice. Perhaps OSGEO could pay for some 
>> food or drink for that, and rent a projector...
> Renting a projector is not a problem, again you should first let us know 
> how much that would be (any maybe first check whether the university can 
> lend one). I am unsure about money for food/drink because it is harder 
> to argument how much for how many and why and so on. Maybe we need to 
> bring this up as a general question again in an IRC meeting.
>> And a pass to the conference that we could all share would be a nice 
>> perk!
>> :-)
> First try to get a few from the organizer of the conference, the 
> university or IBM or all four of them. If that does not work let this 
> list know how many you need and at what cost, we can then check sponsors 
> or pay for them.
> Hope this answers a few questions.
> Best regards, Arnulf.
>> Cheers,
>> Percy
>> percy wrote:
>>> Sorry I'm late, having network problems. I'm David Percy, GeoSpatial 
>>> Data Manager for the Geology Dept at Portland State University. Tyler 
>>> thought I should join the marketing committee so we could talk about 
>>> OSGEO presence at OSCON in Portland this year. I've represented OSGEO 
>>> in this capacity for the last two years.
>>> Michael P. Gerlek wrote:
>>>> Wednesday at 2pm for me, I'll try to be there.
>>>> -mpg

David Percy
Geospatial Data Manager
Geology Department
Portland State University

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