Bolsena Code Sprint 2020

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OSGeo Hacking event in a monastery near Bolsena (29 June - 4 July 2020)

Event Owner
Jeroen Ticheler
29 June - 4 July 2020
Other events
25-29 May 2020, OSGeo Code Sprint 2020
Bolsena - Italy
Previous years
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

After thirteen successful years, we'll continue the OSGeo "hacking" event in Bolsena in an Italian monastery (see map location, and videos: 2008-video, 2009-video and 2010-video. The monastery is overlooking Lago Bolsena and offers space to about 25 people in small bedrooms :-) . It is one of the coolest places for such an event. Quiet, isolated, simple and serene. Have a look yourself, including looking at the photo gallery. For what the food concerns, we cook elaborate meals you will definitely enjoy :-) . There's a large dining space, but we will eat outside overlooking the lake if weather permits (very likely in June).

The all inclusive cost will be 550 Euro (Excl VAT) per person for the full week. You can stay all seven days and food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) is included in the price. As in previous years, we will go out for a city visit and a dinner on one of the evenings (also included).

The event will take place during the whole week (5 days), although the emphasis will probably be Monday to Friday for most participants. Please contact me if you have questions about this event (Jeroen Ticheler)



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Sponsoring Find out about Sponsoring the Event.

Projects Attending






Those participating, you will need to make the payment of 550 Euro (Excl VAT) in advance to GeoCat bv to guarantee your place. Please contact me by email so I can send you the invoice and bank details. I've no problems if you later need to change as long as you make sure there's someone taking your place :-)

No Name Projects single/double room? Confirmed/tentative? Advance paid? Leaving at: Breakfast help:
n Copy this line and add your details GeoNetwork single confirmed
1 Jeroen Ticheler Food double confirmed x
2 Michel Gabriel Geonetwork single confirmed x
3 Paul van Genuchten Geonetwork pygeoapi single confirmed x
4 Jose Garcia Geonetwork single confirmed x
5 Juan Luis Rodriguez Geonetwork single confirmed x
6 Jody Garnett Assorted single confirmed x
7 Victor Olaya GeoCat Bridge single confirmed x
[1] please sign up to help with setting up and cleaning the breakfast during one day in the week.

How to arrive to the Monastery


The closest airports are the Roma airports (Ciampino and Fiumincino). From Rome to the monastery is approximately 135km. You can rent a car at the airport, or take a bus to the center of Rome (Roma Termini).

From Fiumicino to Rome you can take the train METROPOLITANO FR1.


From Roma Termini there are several trains to Orvieto. There is no railway to Bolsena.

From Orvieto you can take the bus. There are 2 buses a day from Orvieto to Bolsena, except on Sunday, there is NO bus on Sunday. More info on

From Bolsena main street to the Monastery is approximately 1 km.

A good app for train travel in Italy (planning and buying tickets): and if you want to take the train all the way, a good app would be


From Rome you can take a bus all the way (cotral to Viterbo and other bus from viterbo to Bolsena (9am & 7.30pm).


You could also walk from Orvieto to Bolsena via routes such as the one shown here - about 14km if you take the shortest route. :-)


If you are interested to share a vehicle please add your name to the following table.

Name I prefer to rent a bus I prefer to share rented car I prefer to get a ride if you have a car I'll go with my car and I have free seats I'll go by train Comments
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How to get back home

Name I prefer to rent a bus I prefer to share rented car I prefer to get a ride if you have a car I'll go with my car and I have free seats I'll go by train Comments
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The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) encourages code sprints for developers of open source GIS software to work together in person as a team, and build up relationships between projects (

A project focused code sprint for is booked for 29 June - 4 July 2020 in Bolsena Italy.

We expect 15-25 international participants from across the geospatial community, including OSGeo projects. This sprint is a chance for project teams to work on RnD, maintenance challenges, and any activity which benefits from the quick turn around of in person communication. This is your chance to meet with the core developers of the projects, get a deeper insight into the software, and participate in the development.

In addition to the costs of providing the technical infrastructure and space, food and drink for the developers represents the main cost.

In order to cover these costs we would be overjoyed to accept offers of sponsorship!

What we can offer:

  • Your logo on top of the community sprint website as well as on all official documents used during the sprint
  • Acknowledgement in all sprint related emails
  • Our undying gratitude, which comes in handy when you least expect it (remember that feature you wanted?)

Sponsorship levels:

  • Sponsor: 1000 EUR
  • Sponsor: 500 EUR
  • Donation: via paypal

We would also like to recognize organizations participating in the event as *in-kind* sponsors.

OSGeo Funding

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation provides financial support through their generous code-sprint program. To support our application for OSGeo Funding the following sprint details are provided:

  • Attendance Fee: 550 EUR (seek to lower to 250 EUR)
  • Sponsorship: 2000 EUR
  • OSGeo request: 2000 EUR
  • In-kind donations primarily focus on meal preparation (kitchen cleanup is shared between attendees)

Expenses: 9000 EUR

  • Venue: 5000 EUR
  • Food: 3000 EUR
  • Tour: 1000 EUR

Income: 11250 EUR

  • Attendee: 550 EUR * 15 = 8250 EUR
  • Sponsorship: 4000 EUR

Sponsorship, and OSGeo financial support, would all us to reduce the attendance price, and make a donation to improve the facilities for subsequent years (example dishwasher).