Boston Code Sprint 2013

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Get together project members to make decisions and tackle larger problems (as done last year at the IslandWood Code Sprint 2012 and previous years: Montreal (2011), New York City (2010), and Toronto (2009)). This code sprint is targeting members of the "C Tribe" (eg, Mapserver, GRASS, GDAL, Proj, PostGIS, MapGuide, OpenLayers). Other tribes are welcome to join the sprint, of course, but we hope that "C Tribe" members will give this event special consideration.

We have started a Boston Sprint 2013 Agenda page for preliminary planning of tasks.


Dates: Weekday: Monday - Thursday 3/25-3/28 Duration: Four days (9AM - 5PM)


Planned Location: Devonshire Sky Club Conference Room and if needed spill over into Paragon Offices

Both across the street from Boston City Hall. Right along the Freedom Trail and about 2 blocks away from the Free Software Foundation head quarters.

Weekend Access


Sunday (March 24th)

  • 5:00pm to 10:00pm - check-in
    • if you plan to arrive earlier than 4pm or later than 11:55 PM, contact Leo to make arrangements
    • You can hang out with rest of Boston hackers if you want

Monday (March 25th)

  • 8:00am - breakfast
  • 8:00am to noon - sprinting
  • noon - lunch (in meeting room)
  • noon to 4:00pm - sprinting
  • 4:00pm to 5:00pm - drinks/social hour
  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm - dinner
  • 7:00pm - watch Hockey somewhere

Tuesday (March 26th)

  • 8:00am - breakfast
  • 8:00am to noon - sprinting
  • noon - lunch (in meeting room)
  • noon to 5:00pm - sprinting
  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm - dinner
  • 7:00pm to 8:00pm - walk around Boston the most walkable city :)

Wednesday (March 27th)

  • 8:00am - breakfast
  • 8:00am to noon - sprinting
  • noon - lunch (in meeting room)
  • noon to 5:00pm - sprinting
  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm - dinner
  • 7:15pm to 8:15pm (or later)

Thursday (March 28th)

  • 8:00am - breakfast
  • 9:30am - checkout
  • 8:00am to noon - sprinting
  • 11:00am - lunch (in meeting room)
  • 12:00pm - hard stop, meeting room closes
  • departures

During the lunch hour, our sponsors will have the opportunity to talk briefly and informally about their products/services and how they use open source.

  • Monday
    • 12:00
    • 12:30
  • Tuesday
    • 12:00
    • 12:30
  • Wednesday
    • 12:00
    • 12:30


We have three sponsorship levels:

  • Gold: >= $2000
  • Silver: $1500
  • Bronze: $750

We will again be looking for sponsors ($750+) to support food and fun for the sprinters as they work hard and play hard for four productive days. Each sponsorship will be put towards lunch and dinner costs for the sprinters, and potentially bringing in sprinters who might otherwise be unable to attend.

To sponsor, please contact Leo Hsu and Regina Obe (lr at pcorp dot us) directly regarding sponsorship and level of sponsorship you'd like to provide

2013 Sponsors

This is the current list of pledges


  1. EnterpriseDb


  1. Mobile Geographics
  2. Airborne Interactive
  3. GeoSynergy


  1. Flaxen Consulting
  2. Azavea




Participants should plan for the following costs:

  • Travel to Boston, variable depending on where you are.
  • Accommodation for four nights, $300 to $600 depending on what room you choose and whether you room share.
  • Breakfast, dinner and other snacks.
  • The sponsorship moneys will be put towards: morning snacks, lunches, dinner (1), social event (?), and supporting


  • IRC chat during the event:
    Channel: #tosprint


We are planning for attendance of 20-40. Please add your name and the projects you are hoping to sprint and note the likeliness of your attendance.

For room if you need a room - put either:

single room - if you want your own
room share - if you'd prefer to share. 
  1. Leo Hsu (Definite) PostGIS, pgRouting, PDAL 3/25, 3/18, 3/11, any
  2. Regina Obe (Definite) PostGIS, pgRouting, PDAL 3/25, 3/18, 3/11, any
  3. Michael Smith - US Army Corps - MapServer; PDAL; GDAL/OGR - Will definitely be here
  4. Daniel Morissette - Mapgears - MapServer; GDAL/OGR - 99.72% sure, 3/18, 3/11, 3/14, 3/7, 3/21, 3/25, 3/4
  5. Pierre Racine - University Laval - PostGIS Raster - Possible
  6. Paul Ramsey - PostGIS - 3/4, 3/25, 2/28 (single room)
  7. Michael P. Gerlek - Flaxen Consulting - PDAL & Friends - very likely - "ANY"
  8. Frank Warmerdam - Google - GDAL; MapServer; PROJ.4 - Possible
  9. Tom Kralidis - MapServer, pycsw, owslib - Possible
  10. Mike Rosen - LizardTech - PDAL, GDAL - likely
  11. Thomas Bonfort - Terriscope - MapServer - very likely - "any"
  12. Olivier Courtin - Oslandia - MapServer ; PostGIS - 2/28, any
  13. David Zwarg - Azavea - PostGIS Raster; GDAL/OGR - 99.73% sure, any
  14. Kirk McKelvey - LizardTech - PDAL/GDAL - likely, 3/4, 3/18, 3/25
  15. Jim Klassen - SharedGeo - likely
  16. Howard Butler - Hobu, Inc. - very likely, any, (single room)
  17. Bborie Park - PostGIS Raster - likely, any
  18. Steve Lime - MapServer - very likely - 3/4, 3/18, 3/25
  19. Steve Woodbridge - - MapServer; pgRouting; postGIS - very likely, any
  20. Mateusz Loskot - PostGIS/PDAL - unlikely, any
  21. Stephan Meissl - EOX - MapServer - Possible
  22. Gérald Fenoy - ZOO-Project - possible, any
  23. Jeff McKenna - Gateway Geomatics - MapServer - likely, 3/25 (for the hockey games!)
  24. Norman Barker - Cloudant - very likely - "ANY"
  25. Norman Vine - self - likely - any

Virtual participants (irc #tosprint)

Room Share

If you would like to room share,

  1. Reserve a room at the hotel, choosing a type with more than one bed.
  2. Put your name in this section, indicating the amount of space in your room.

Put your names below:

  • example entry: B has a triple room, needs two roommates.

Individual Preparation

  • Bring your own computer
  • Install subversion and the compiler tools, and come with a working development environment if possible.


  • Is the Boston Code Sprint just a coding event?
    • Yes, a coding, testing and documentation event. It is a working session for people who are already participants in open source projects.
  • Will it be possible to present new projects during this event?
    • No, this is not a presentation-oriented event. People will get together in small groups and work on areas of mutual interest within their projects.
  • Will there be presentation time to show case innovative uses of technology?
    • Yes, Sponsors and sprinters actively working on projects will have their moment of glory

Social Events

Here are some events happening around town that would be fun:


  • Mon Mar 25 7:00 PM: Maple Leafs vs. Bruins
  • Wed Mar 27 7:30 PM: Canadiens vs. Bruins


  • Tues Mar 26 7:00 PM: Knicks vs. Celtics

Eating Options


Sam LaGrassa

Dim Sum - China Pearl - Boston Down town Chinatown

Irish Pubs


Korean Barbecue Boston Chinatown

Taiwan Cafe Boston Chinatown

Various locations in North End for good Home Italian cooking and pastries

Getting to the Sprint

From Logan Airport -- Take Blue Line to State Street.