[Marketing] Motion: AAG 2009 Proposal

Michael P. Gerlek mpg at lizardtech.com
Tue Oct 14 16:23:33 EDT 2008



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[mailto:marketing-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Tyler Mitchell
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 1:23 PM
To: OSGeo Marketing
Subject: [Marketing] Motion: AAG 2009 Proposal

Committee members, please share you comments or concerns ASAP on this:
The main issue being the $1,000 booth charge.  The rest is flexible.   
If there are no huge objections, then I will book the booth with a  
$500 deposit since there are only 4 booth spots left and deadline is  
in a day or so.


On 14-Oct-08, at 1:18 PM, Tyler Mitchell (OSGeo) wrote:

> I support the proposed approach and discussed it today with Alex in  
> more detail:
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/AAG_2009
> At the end of the day it's whether or not we want to have a booth -  
> that will cost $1,000.  The other costs are very flexible and  
> alternatives will be sought to cover them.
> $1,000 is, relatively speaking, great value for money and virtually  
> supports local chapters around North America and, apparently,  
> internationally too.  We've lamented not having a booth at AAG for  
> several years now.  I see it as a strategic outreach that crosses  
> disciplines, focuses on potential users and has a large number of  
> interested attendees.
> Time is running out and we need to make a $500 deposit ASAP, before  
> they close us out of having a booth.  Since the event isn't until  
> next year, that gives us lots of time to work on further  
> sponsorships or partnerships to help fund the remaining $500 of the  
> booth.
> Also, even though it's always a good strategy to reduce our costs  
> or cost-share for these kinds of events - these are some of the  
> things our foundation sponsors sponsor us to do.  So finding OSGeo  
> sponsors helps to make these events more sustainable in the future.
> Tyler
> On 8-Oct-08, at 12:48 AM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>> Alex,
>> I don't expect you will get a commitment from the Marketing  
>> Committee before Tyler returns (on Monday).
>> Even then, OSGeo's budget is small, ~ $3K per local chapter. And  
>> I'd argue that OSGeo doesn't have resources to fully fund  
>> participation at any event.
>> I suggest you approach local Open Source industry who will be at  
>> the conference. You may be able to share a booth with them.
>> Commercial Support for Open Source is key to the user value  
>> proposition, and without it Open Source uptake will be limited.
> Tyler Mitchell
> Executive Director
> Open Source Geospatial Foundation
> tmitchell at osgeo.org
> P: +1-250-277-1621
> M: +1-250-303-1831
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