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== Announcements, News, Recaps ==
== Announcements, News, Recaps ==
* [http://dmorissette.blogspot.com/2011/03/osgeo-montreal-code-sprint-seeking-more.html OSGeo Montreal Code Sprint seeking more sponsors due to record participation ]
=== Photos ===
=== Photos ===

Revision as of 11:18, 8 March 2011


Get together project members to make decisions and tackle larger problems (as done in previous years at the New York Code Sprint 2010 and Toronto Code Sprint 2009).

We have started a Montreal Code Sprint 2011 Agenda page for preliminary planning of tasks.


Dates: Tuesday-Friday, March 15-18, from approximately 9am-5pm


Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) 1002, Sherbrooke West, suite 2400, Montreal QC

  • 2 large adjacent conference rooms located on 24th floor of a tower with great view of the city (see pictures)
  • Possibility to remove the wall between the two rooms to make a single larger room
  • RJ-45 and power plugs in the floor
  • Larger room: 14 tables for two = 28 person capacity
  • Smaller room: 6 tables for two = 12 person capacity
  • Possibility to rearrange the tables to fit our needs (e.g. make tables/teams of 6-8 people for instance)
  • Projector in each room
  • White boards on the wall between the two rooms (become unavailable if we remove the wall)


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 $750 sponsorship will be put towards lunch, snacks and dinner costs for the sprinters, and potentially bringing in sprinters who might otherwise be unable to attend. Any surplus at the end of the event will be turned over to OSGeo or used for a future code sprint.

To sponsor, please contact Daniel Morissette (dmorissette at mapgears dot com) directly.

2011 Sponsors

750$ Sponsors
Farallon Geographics
Airborne Interactive
Boreal - Information Strategies (Borealis)
Applied Imagery
Neogeo technologies
Hockey Night Sponsor Host (Room and Internet)
Gateway Geomatics
Communauté Métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM)


  • The 2011 budget is available online here
  • Any surplus at the end of the event will be turned over to OSGeo or used for a future code sprint


We have a group reservation. Here's the link to reserve your room:


Participants should plan for the following costs:

  • Travel to Montreal, variable depending on where you are.
  • Accommodation for four nights, $200 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(s), social event (?)


  • IRC chat during the event:
    Channel: #tosprint
    Server: irc.freenode.net


We are planning for attendance of 20-40. Please add your name and the projects you are hoping to sprint on, if you have a strong intention to attend.

Update 2011-03-01: To help with planning, please confirm your participation in each of the code sprint days and nights activities via Doodle at http://doodle.com/n99d4fkhsid4ghap.

  1. Daniel Morissette (MapServer, GDAL/OGR)
  2. Michael Smith (MapServer, libLAS)
  3. David Zwarg (PostGIS)
  4. Jeff Adams (PostGIS)
  5. Frank Warmerdam (MapServer, GDAL, ...)
  6. Olivier Courtin (PostGIS - TinyOWS)
  7. Paul Ramsey (PostGIS)
  8. Jeff McKenna (MapServer)
  9. Yewondwossen Assefa (MapServer)
  10. Alan Boudreault (MapServer)
  11. Howard Butler (MapServer libLAS GDAL)
  12. Thomas Bonfort (MapServer)
  13. Michael P. Gerlek (libLAS, C# tribe)
  14. Tom Kralidis (MapServer, pycsw) (Wed-Fri)
  15. Gérald Fenoy (ZOO-Project)
  16. Michael Rosen (liblas, gdal)
  17. Nicolas Bozon (ZOO-Project)
  18. Steve Lime (MapServer) (Tue-Thu)
  19. Pierre Racine (PostGIS raster)
  20. Stephan Meißl (MapServer)
  21. Zak James (MapServer)
  22. Kirk McKelvey (mrsid, liblas, gdal)
  23. Pete Gadomski (liblas)
  24. Jim Klassen (MapServer, GDAL)
  25. Alexandre Dubé (GeoPrisma, OpenLayers, GeoExt)
  26. Julien-Samuel Lacroix (MapServer, GeoPrisma, OpenLayers, GeoExt)
  27. Etienne Dubé (GeoPrisma, OpenLayers, GeoExt)
  28. Yves Moisan (GeoPrisma, ?)
  29. David Finnegan (liblas)

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.

Special offer: I, Alexandre Leroux, can provide free lodging for the whole event with these parameters: one double bed, private access (we'll let you a key), private kitchen with fridge, private shower and toilet. Internet wifi included. It's a 2-minutes walk from the Snowdon subway station, making it easy to go to the Code Sprint. That would be on the basement of where my wife, daughter and myself live. If interested, contact me directly.

Individual Preparation

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


  • Is the Montreal Code Sprint just a coding event?
    • Yes, a coding 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.

Social Events

  • Monday March 14, 2011 @5pm: OSGeo-Québec 5 à 7 / Code Sprint Ice breaker. On the 2nd floor of http://www.mcleanspub.com/ 1210 Peel St, Montreal (450m South of the Cantlies Suites hotel on Peel Street)
  • Tuesday March 15, 2011 @5:30pm: Dinner at Dundees Bar & Grill (2010 Crescent Street, map)
  • Wednesday March 16, 2011 @5:30pm: Dinner at Le Milsa (1445-A Bishop Street, map)
    • which is a "Brazilian Churrasco: an all you can eat meat experience that you'll remember, also includes animation from Brazilian dancers"
  • Thursday March 17, 2011 @5:30pm: watch a hockey game at Verdun Auditorium (7:05PM start) courtesy of Gateway Geomatics (HockeyNight details)
  • Friday March 18, 2011 evening: "networking" at a local establishment
  • ...

Eating Options

Some locations recommended by locals:

  • Restaurants
    • ...
  • Bars

(Please do not hesitate to add locations to this list)

Getting to the Sprint

From Trudeau International Airport (YUL)

Unfortunately there is no shuttle that goes straight from the airport to the hotel.

Here are some options (See also Google Maps):

Option 1 - Express Bus 747 + Subway


Take the 747 express bus from the Airport. The bus goes to Berri-UQAM, but do not go all the way to Berri-UQAM, you need to get off at the Lionel-Groulx stop, and then connect to the Metro Green Line (1) towards Station Honoré-Beaugrand. Get off at Station Peel (Stop ID: 10138). You are only 150m from Hotel Le Cantlie Suites.

Cost: 8$. At the airport, tickets are sold at the International Currency Exchange (ICE) counter on the international arrivals level.

Option 2 - Taxi


It seems that the simplest option is a taxi: there is a fixed price of 38$ for a ride downtown in the area of the hotel. (The person at the hotel insisted that this is a fixed price and if the driver asks for more then he is trying to screw you)

Option 3 - Train + Subway

VIA Rail offers a train shuttle from their Dorval train station to downtown (towards Montreal Central Station). The Dorval train station is not directly on the airport so you need to take the "AirConnect" shuttle to get to the train. More details here:


"After landing, go to the domestic or international flights terminal exit, where you'll see a clearly marked AirConnect stop. The shuttle comes by every 20 minutes, and will take you to the Dorval station for free."

Then Google suggests that the shortest route is to get off the train at Metro (Subway) Station Vendome, then take red line (2) towards Henri Bourassa and get off at Lionel Groulx. Finally take metro green line (1) towards Honoré-Beaugrand and get off at Peel. You are only 150m from Hotel Le Cantlie Suites.

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