Toronto Code Sprint 2009

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Get together project members to make decisions and tackle larger problems, see the Toronto Code Sprint 2009 Agenda. We have chosen a mid-North American location because this code sprint is targeting members of the "C Tribe" (eg, Mapserver, GRASS, GDAL, Proj, PostGIS, MapGuide) and many members of the "C Tribe" are clustered in the area. Toronto is also a major travel hub, for sprinters traveling from afar. 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 received support from six sponsors, each providing a $500 sponsorship that will be put towards venue, internet and lunch costs.

Thanks to our sponsors!

The event budget is available here. Any surplus at the end of the event will be turned over to OSGeo.


Where: Rainbow Room, Radisson Admiral Waterfront Hotel, Toronto, Ontario

When: Saturday March 7 - Tuesday March 10, 2009.

Duration: Four days from approximately 9am-4pm


Radisson Hotel Admiral Toronto-Harbourfront
249 Queen's Quay West
Toronto, Ontario
M5J 2N5 , Canada
Reservations: 1-888-201-1718
Telephone: +01-416-203-3333
Fax: +01-416-203-3100


When reserving, please specify "OSGeo" as the block name. The block rate is $79/night.


Participants should plan for the following costs:

  • Travel to Toronto, variable depending on where you are.
  • Accommodation for four nights, $160 to $400 depending on what room you choose and whether you room share.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and other snacks.
  • The sponsorship moneys will be put towards: meeting room rental, internet access, Saturday night social event (hockey), group dinners Saturday, Sunday and Monday.


Please join the mailing list at:


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.

  • Paul Ramsey (PostGIS, Mapserver, Proj) attendance confirmed YYZ @ 14:00 Friday
  • Tom Kralidis (MapServer, Mapbuilder) attendance confirmed
  • Frank Warmerdam (GDAL/OGR, PROJ.4, MapServer, QGIS, OSGeo4W) attendance confirmed
  • Thomas Bonfort (MapServer) attendance confirmed YYZ @ 12:45 Friday
  • Howard Butler (MapServer, GeoDjango, GDAL, CS-Map, attendance confirmed YYZ @ 16:00 Friday 5157080858
  • Jeff McKenna (MapServer docs, MS4W) attendance confirmed
  • Steve Lime (MapServer) attendance confirmed
  • Daniel Morissette (MapServer, GDAL/OGR) attendance confirmed
  • Yewondwossen Assefa (MapServer) attendance confirmed
  • Michael P. Gerlek (GDAL & liblas) attendance confirmed
  • Mike Rosen (GDAL & liblas) attendance confirmed
  • Leo Hsu and Regina Obe (PostGIS, GEOS, Mapserver) Can attend Saturday only
  • Olivier Courtin (PostGIS, TinyOWS) attendance confirmed YYZ @ 12:45 Friday
  • Mark Cave-Ayland (PostGIS)
  • Julien-Samuel Lacroix (MapServer) attendance confirmed
  • Perry Nacionales (MapServer docs) attendance confirmed
  • Pierre Racine (PostGIS WKT Raster) attendance confirmed
  • Jim Klassen (Mapserver, GeoMOOSE) attendance confirmed
  • Dan Little (Mapserver, OpenLayers, GeoMOOSE) attendance confirmed
  • Alan Boudreault (MapServer, GDAL/OGR) attendance confirmed
  • Christopher Schmidt (OpenLayers) attendance confirmed
  • Schuyler Erle (OpenLayers)

Present in spirit

If you can not make it to get to Toronto in person and you still want to actively participate in the sprint, there will be a chance to do it by joining the event on IRC (#tosprint). If you are interested in remote participation, feel free to add yourself below.


  • Extra items that would be useful (please sign up if you can bring)
    • Wireless hub (Perry 1, Mike R 1)
    • Extension Cords (Pierre 1, Paul 1, Steve 1, Daniel 3)
    • Power Bars (Pierre 1, Paul 1, Steve 1, Daniel 3)
    • Ethernet Cables (Pierre 2 short, Paul 1 long, Schuyler some short, Daniel 2-3 long)
    • Projector (Schuyler 1, assuming the airline lets him carry it on)
    • Screen
    • Flip Charts
    • Wired hubs
    • Daniel will bring a 16 port switch, just in case

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 Toronto 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

  • Saturday March 7th
    • 4PM, Ice hockey game, Hershey Bears vs Toronto Marlies @ Ricoh Coliseum, 100 Princes' Blvd. map If you are interested please send a message to the 'tosprint' mailing list, as the tickets must be pre-ordered
    • Dinner at East Side Mario's (8PM)
  • Sunday March 8th
  • Monday March 9th