Philadelphia Code Sprint 2015

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Bring together project members to make decisions and tackle larger geospatial problems as in previous years:

While past code sprints have targeted members of the "C Tribe" (e.g., MapServer, GRASS, GDAL, Proj, PostGIS, MapGuide, OpenLayers), other open source geospatial tribes are welcome to join the sprint.

The event organizer, Azavea, is also proposing that this be a joint code sprint with the Eclipse Foundation's LocationTech working group. There are several developers that work on projects associated with both OSGeo and LocationTech, and we believe it be an opportunity for some healthy exchange and collaboration.


Potential Workspace

Azavea's office is in Center City Philadelphia and we can host up to 40 people. However, based on the number of people attending in Vienna, we would like to plan for more. We have identified three potential venues:

  • Azavea - 340 N 12th St, Ste 402, Philadelphia, PA 19107 - good wifi and fiber connections, large meeting room, 5 breakout rooms (equipped with HDTVs, desks, phones, video cams and space for 4-5 people at a time. There are two additional conference rooms for larger groups, with telephones and projectors. The office is in downtown and close to Reading Terminal Market, Convention Center and public transit. Space for 40 people.
  • Friends Center - - Quaker meeting house; has wifi, but not enough bandwidth, so would have to push for augmentation, both large rooms and several breakout rooms, central location close to public transit. Space for 150 or more people.
  • City COHO - - Co-working space with meeting center currently under construction. Could be a good fit for the code sprint but won't know until the fall.


The tree potential sites are all walking distance to:

  • Reading Terminal Market
  • Chinatown
  • City Hall
  • Franklin Institute
  • Old City
  • Liberty Bell
  • Washington Square
  • Rittenhouse Square
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art (and other museums listed below

Dates and Times

Dates: TBD from one of the following options:

  • Week of Feb 2-6, 2015
  • Week of Feb 9-13, 2015
  • Week of Feb 16-20, 2015
  • Week of Feb 23-27, 2015
  • Week of Mar 2-6, 2015
  • Week of Mar 16-20, 2015
  • Week of Mar 23-27, 2015

Duration: 4 or 5 days (TBD)




A hotel block is planned to be negotiated. Details will be provided here.


Participants should plan for the following costs:

  • Travel to Philadelphia
  • Accommodation for four nights
  • Registration fee (optional)

Project Plans




We are planning for attendance of 70 - 100. Please add your name and the projects you are hoping to sprint and note the likeliness of your attendance as well as the preferred dates.

# Participant Country Arrival Departure Accommodation Work on Notes
1 Robert Cheetham US first day last day Home TBD Definite - No special needs
2 Kenny Shepard US first day last day Home TBD Likely
3 Rob Emanuele US first day last day Home GeoTrellis Likely
4 Michael Smith US first day last day PDAL, MapServer Likely
5 Paul Ramsey CA first day last day PostGIS Likely
6 Howard Butler US first day last day PDAL, GDAL, libspatialindex Likely
7 Daniel Morissette CA first day last day MapServer, GDAL/OGR Likely

Individual Preparation

  • Bring your own computer
  • Install SVN, Git and other dev tools, and come with a working development environment
  • Spend some time getting to know the code base and open issues, if possible


  • Is the Philadelphia 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 Activities


  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Barnes Foundation
  • Rodin Museum
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  • African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • National Museum of Jewish-American History
  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • U-Penn Museum of Anthropology and Archaology
  • Rosenbach Museum
  • Independence Seaport Museum
  • Mutter Museum
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Philadelphia History Museum


  • Rocky Movie Location Tour - South Philadelphia
  • Taste of Philadelphia Food Tour - Reading Terminal Market
  • Emergence of a Modern Metropolis Philadelphia Walking Tour - Philadelphia Center for Architecture


  • WXPN's Free at Noon - Free concerts at WXPN on Fridays at Noon
  • Art After Five - Concerts in the museum on Friday evenings


  • Flyers (NHL) - Various dates
  • 76ers (NBA) - Various dates
  • Union (MLS) - Various dates
  • Wings (NLL) - Various dates


In Philadelphia:

  • Yards Brewing Co
  • Philadelphia Brewing Co
  • Triumph Brewing Co
  • Yuengling Brewing Co
  • Dock Street Brewing Co
  • Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant
  • Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant

Nearby Philadelphia:

  • Flying Fish Brewery
  • Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
  • Sly Fox Beer
  • Victory Brewing Co
  • McKenzie Brew House


We have three sponsorship levels:

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

We encourage sponsors to support nutriment and entertainment for the sprinters as they work hard and play hard for four or five productive days. Contributions 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.

Sponsors will receive the following honors:

  • Your logo or portrait at the top of this page
  • 30-min slot to talk about how you are using FOSS GIS at the sprint
  • Get to stare at us during the sprint and voice your input in person
  • Our undying gratitude, which comes in handy when you least expect it (Remember that feature you wanted...)

To sponsor, please contact Robert Cheetham (cheetham at azavea dot com) directly.

2015 Sponsors







Venue Sponsor



Our expenses include:

  • lodging
  • meals
  • social activities

We will cover our expenses in three ways:

  • sponsorships
  • participant registration fees
  • surplus from previous years