Where 2.0 2006

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Look for plenty of OSGeo visibility and participation at Where 2.0. Join us at booth area, the Birds of a Feather gathering, or Developer Roundtable.


Chris Holmes and Gary Lang will have speaking opportunities:

Booth Area

An OSGeo booth area will be available for use by OSGeo members and projects.

  • Two 6’ draped counters (20 linear feet)
  • 2 counter height stools
  • 8’ high draped backwall to hang banner
  • High speed Internet connection
  • Electrical connection for two computers

Booth staffing is to be determined. If you are planning to attend the event and would like to participate and represent your project, add your project below.

  • Add your project here
  • Add your project here

Scheduling will be determined once interested participants are known.

Birds of a Feather Gathering

An informal gathering of the open source geospatial community will occur at:

  • Tuesday, June 13
  • 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Location: Plaza Room

Chris Holmes and Michael Gerlek are coordinating this event.

The "agenda" will be something like this:

  • Welcome (BOF Host)
  • "What is OSGeo?" (5-10 mins) (Speaker 1)
  • "An OSGeo Project" (5 mins) (Speaker 2)
  • "An OSGeo Project" (5 mins) (Speaker 3)
  • "An OSGeo Project" (5 mins) (Speaker 4)
  • open discussion (remainder of time, until wee small hours)

The actual agenda will firm up closer to the time, when we get a better feel for who is going to be presenting what on the main stage, e.g. we don't want to repeat a "What is OSGeo" talk -- and who is actually going to be at the conference.

Preference for "Project" speakers will be those who don't get main-stage airtime. Also, note that I'm explicitly including the "Edu" and "OpenData" groups as projects.

I, or someone like me, will be the BOF Host.

Developer Roundtable

An informal gathering of the open source geospatial community will occur at:

  • Wednesday, June 14
  • Time: During Lunchtime - we are investigating getting lunch catered.
  • Location: TBD
  • Participants: 4-6 developers. Members of the press will be invited. Room capacity is 20 people.

This will follow the keynotes on Wednesday morning so this is nice timing. There is nothing going on during this lunch hour and there is no exhibit hall during this time.

Michael Gerlek is coordinating this event, but may not be able to attend. We are looking for an on-site volunteer to help host and execute this event.

Suggested agenda:

  • moderator introduces 4 panel members
  • moderator introduces theme
    • I'm thinking of something readily consumable by the press and suitable for sound-bites along the lines of "How is Open Source Helping GIS Today?"
    • note that in addition to the usual GIS media there may well be mainstream tech press there from Big Media like San Jose Merc, WSJ, or NYT
  • each panel member gives a 1-2 minute (no more!) opening
  • <much active discussion ensues>
    • moderator gently aids in keeping discussion alive
    • moderator may interject preplanned, leading questions like
      • "So just how many copies of MapServer were downloaded last year?"
      • "Is it true that both ESRI and Google Earth wouldn't exist today without GDAL?" (tee-hee)
  • at the end of the session, each panel member gets a 1 minute wrap-up

Possible Participants:

  • Moderator
    • who would be best for this?
  • Dave McIlhagga - President & CEO of DM Solutions
    • voice for: corporate provider of open source solutions (small team division)
    • (confirmed)
  • SUGGESTION: Frank Warmerdam - President of OSGeo and GDAL Lead
    • voice for: OSGeo Foundation
    • voice for: developer community
  • SUGGESTION: Gary Lang - (title?) of Autodesk
    • voice for: corporate provider of open source solutions (large team division), corporate acceptance and transition)
    • voice for: mainstream/close-source corporate acceptance of and transition to open source
  • Speaker 4
    • voice for: developer community? open data? open source in general? ...?
    • suggestions?

Pre-Conference Messaging

OSGeo has the opportunity to email conference attendees who have opted in to receive communications regarding the event. The conference organizers at O'Reilly will provide a list 7-10 days prior to the conference. Chris Holmes has volunteered to craft a message promoting OSGeo activities at Where 2.0 and invite others to join us.

Look for a one page ad promoting OSGeo in the conference program. It will likely be a minimalist design, as our resources are limited here.