Philadelphia Code Sprint 2015

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Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Airborne Interactive
Airborne Interactive

Bronze Sponsors


Coordinate Solutions
Coordinate Solutions


Mobile Geographics
Mobile Geographics


Venue Sponsor


Other/in-kind sponsors



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 currently expect to use the following venue:

Friends Center - - Conference Center operated by the Society of Friends; has wifi, but not enough bandwidth, so would have to push for augmentation. We will occupy the Cherry St Room, which includes some breakout rooms around it. Friends Center is in a central location, close to public transit and has space for 75 - 100 people. It is located at 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

We may also use Azavea's office and other location for social events.


The three 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


  • Welcome event: evening of Mon, Feb 9
  • Sprint: Tues, Feb 10 - Fri, Feb 13 (4 days)



Getting There

Flights - Philadelphia (PHL) is a hub for American/US Air and Southwest and also has a good number of international carriers with regular direct flights, including Air Canada, Air France, Lufthansa, British Air and Qatar Airways. Other regional options include Newark Airport (EWR) which has a rail link to the Newark Airport train station, which is about a 50 min train ride to Philadelphia 30th St Station. Newark airport has a broad range of international flights, including Porter Airlines from Toronto.

Rail - Philadelphia is about 2hrs from Washington DC and 1hr 15min from New York Penn Station by Amtrak rail.

Bus - Philadelphia is connected to Washington, Baltimore and New York via the Greyhound, Peter Pan, Mega Bus and Bolt Bus companies.


We have a hotel block with the Loews Hotel for $149/night

Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Use code AZAV15 for group rate

And you can book online at


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.


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: >$2500
  • 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
  • Mention in all of our public communication
  • 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




Airborne Interactive


CartoDB Coordinate Solutions Hobu Mapzen Mobile Geographics

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
# 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
6 Howard Butler US first day last day Loews Hotel PDAL, GDAL, libspatialindex Booked
7 Daniel Morissette CA Mon @4pm Friday am MapServer, GDAL/OGR Booked
8 Michael P. Gerlek US first day last day Loews Hotel PDAL and friends Almost certainly
9 Stephan Meißl AT first day last day MapServer Likely
10 Brad Chambers US first day last day Loews Hotel PDAL Likely
11 Andrew Ross CA first day last day, bit early Residence Inn Philly Center Various Booked
12 Steve Lime US first day last day TBD MapServer Booked
13 Connor Manning US first day last day Loews Hotel PDAL Booked
14 Andrew Bell US first day last day Loews Hotel PDAL Booked
15 Jody Garnett CA first day last day GeoServer Likely
16 Markus Schütz AT first day last day TBD Potree Likely
17 Jeff McKenna CA Tues (evening) Saturday TBD MapServer Likely
18 Thomas Bonfort FR first day Sunday TBD MapServer Booked
19 Patrick Cozzi US first day last day Home Cesium Likely
20 Matt Amato US first day last day Home Cesium Likely
21 Dan Bagnell US first day last day Home Cesium Likely
22 Tom Fili US first day last day Home Cesium Likely
23 Uday Verma US first day last day Loews Hotel PDAL, Booked