[US] Request for Funding for QGIS Meeting on October 25th 2019

Randal Hale rjhale at northrivergeographic.com
Wed Sep 25 14:39:16 PDT 2019

For the last 2 years I've held small FOSS4G centered meetings in 
Knoxville. This year I've went for slightly bigger by making it QGIS 
Centric and moving it to Chattanooga.

Details: https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/20191000-QGIS-US

The First year I charged 0 (donation driven) and last year I think I 
charged 20 Dollars which allowed the meetings to move from the red to 
the black and into break even (2017 was -400 and 2018 was +400). I 
expected this years meeting to draw from the region but I'm getting a 
"national" audience (which I think points to this as a needed meeting). 
I'm also running a scholarship program for those that can't afford the 
$25 and trying to help people with travel costs. I've been asked for 
international travel assistance and couldn't do that. I am charging 25 
dollars and have raised money through sponsors and other means. I'd like 
to request - if possible - sponsorship through OSGEO.us . If possible 
$1000 dollars to help with pulling this together. Last year OSGEO.us 
sponsored $500 and helped this go into the black.

We have 9 speakers ranging from Australia (video conference), NY, NC, 
CA, VA, FL, and TN (I almost forgot Canada). I've had interest from a 
half dozen people in different states who want to attend. A few people 
I'm attempting to help with travel. Lunch is provided through the 
Community College using their caterer. We're having a social the night 
before. It's grown a bit more than I thought (and that's a good thing).

If OSGEO.us could that would be excellent.

If anyone wants to attend - please sign up. If you can't swing the $25 
email me with the secret code "I'm awesome and will add something to the 
conference by being there" and you will qualify for free entrance. It's 
going to be fun. I encourage everyone to show up and hang out in 


Randal Hale
North River Geographic Systems, Inc
(423) 653-3611

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