FOSS4G 2018 Bid Process

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  • FOSS4G 2018 will most likely be held in the Rest of the World (RoW) (i.e. not North America or Europe)
  • "Letters of Intent" will be accepted from potential Local Organizing Committees (LOC) in the Rest of the World. If there are no submissions from groups in RoW, letters from other regions will then be solicited.
  • If more than one letter of intent is received, the Conference Committee members will vote by each selecting a single letter as their choice. A letter must receive the backing of at least two members to move on to the bid stage.
  • Selected letters will be invited to prepare a full bid based on the usual RFP process.
  • A proposal outlining budget, potential sponsors, LOC members, and venue costs will be required even if only one letter is received.

Summary of Important Dates (AoE)

Release RFP: 2016-09-22
Letters of Intent (Stage 1) due: 2016-10-10
Stage 1 question period ends: 2016-10-16
Stage 1 decision: 2016-10-19
Proposals (Stage 2) due: 2016-11-24
Stage 2 question period ends: 2016-12-04
Final decision: 2016-12-19

Letters of Intent

  • Limited to two pages
  • Read the RFP document (below) and answer the following questions:
    • Who is your conference chair?
    • Who else is on your LOC?
    • What is your venue?
    • What makes FOSS4G in your proposed location compelling?

You may optionally also address the following questions:

  • Historically, half to three quarters of delegates come from the hosting country / region. Hence it is very valuable to have links with the regional geospatial industries. How do you propose to engage the regional communities in order to attract delegates and sponsors.
  • Recent conferences have worked with a professional conference organizer. If you plan to make use of one, please mention them.
  • Prior regional or local FOSS4G events (or similar) demonstrates an active community and experienced LOC. Such experience is worth mentioning.

RFP Documents

  • RFP containing updated process (RFP)
  • Budget template (file)

Letter of Intent Review

  • Letters of Intent were received from the following local committees:
  • Letters with 2 votes will be passed on to the proposal stage.
  • If there are no qualified letters from the priority region, then additional regions will be considered or solicited.

Bid Process

  • Bids were received from:
    • Details of proposals received will be inserted here
  • Questions will be asked of bidders on conference_dev until 2016-12-04
  • A conference committee teleconference or IRC meeting may be held before voting commences and further clarifications may be sought from bidders
  • Conference committee will vote and results announced on or about 2016-12-19