Vienna Code Sprint 2014

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OSGeo Code Sprint 2014 official web site: Please contact us if you are interested in our sponsorship opportunities.

Gold Sponsors

Airborne Interactive Ltd




Silver Sponsors

ITS Vienna Region

Bronze Sponsors

metaspatial Institut




Venue Sponsor

City of Vienna MA 14

Other/in-kind sponsors

EOX IT Services GmbH


Get together project members to make decisions and tackle larger geospatial problems (as done last year at the Boston Code Sprint 2013 and previous years: Island Wood (2012), Montreal (2011), New York City (2010), and Toronto (2009)). This code sprint is targeting members of the "C Tribe" (e.g., MapServer, QGIS, 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.


The City of Vienna MA 14 gladly provides the location for the Vienna Code Sprint for up to 60 sprinters in their very new office called STAR 22 located at Stadlauerstraße 56 (see also OSM map).

The venue is not far from the center of Vienna (~25min via train and subway) and can be reached easily from the Vienna airport via train.


Convenient route planning for public transportation: (both German and English)

From the airport take the train S-Bahn S7 going to Wien Floridsdorf and exit at Praterstern (~30min). Make sure to avoid the CAT as it doesn't bring you to Praterstern and I consider it too costly for gaining just 10 minutes.

From Praterstern take the subway U-Bahn U2 going to Seestadt and exit at Stadlau. Now either take a 15 minutes walk to the venue or take the bus Autobus 86A going to Breitenleer Straße/Arnikaweg or 87A going to Hermann-Gebauer-Straße and exit at Genochplatz.

From Praterstern instead of the U2 you can also take the subway U-Bahn U1 particularly when going to the Hotel Hillinger. Take the U1 going to Leopoldau and exit at Kagran. Now take the tram Straßenbahn 25 going to Oberdorfstraße or the bus Autobus 26A going to Großenzersdorf and exit at Polgarstraße for the Hotel Hillinger or continue to Konstanziagasse for the code sprint venue.

Dates and Times

March 24-28 2014

Note: March 19-21 FOSSGIS Berlin

Duration: Full week


Sunday Ice Breaker

If you're in Vienna already on Sunday you're invited to join us for a small ice breaker starting from 7pm at Green - Cafe-Wok-Grill-Restaurant which is located next to the sprint venue. You will see the signs when you enter the plaza of Star22.

Evening plans

  • Monday: Welcome party at venue starting at 19:30; doors close 12pm
  • Tuesday: Pizza at venue starting at 19:00; doors close 10pm
  • Wednesday: Guided city walk (see below) from 6:30pm to 8pm; meeting point: At entrance of St. Stephen´s Cathedral, subway U1 station Stephansplatz (; Dinner at Augustinerkeller, Albertinaplatz ( starting at 8pm; doors (at venue) close at 8pm but probably earlier to leave in time for the dinner
  • Thursday: Dinner at Vorstadtbeisl zum Selitsch (walking distance from venue); doors (at venue) close 10pm
  • Friday: End of sprint at 5pm; farewell dinner at Schweizerhaus starting at 6pm

Project Plans

On Monday we will start 9ish with some sort of "official" opening around 10.

GRASS GIS Agenda: See

<add your agenda>


Two blocks of rooms have been negotiated at the two hotels closest to the sprint venue, Hotel Hillinger (map) and Hotel Wiener Kindl (map). Please make your own choice.

The rooms are blocked for the sprint week i.e. 24.-28. March 2014 whereas +/- one day should be no problem.

Please find the lists of available rooms below. If you make a reservation for one of the listed rooms please indicate this by adding your name to the list. Thanks.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you need any assistance.

Hotel Wiener Kindl

# Beds Rate # Rooms Reservations Notes
1 € 65,- 3 Martin Isenburg (willing to share room with 2 or 3 beds)
2 € 80,- 6 (Martin Dobias & Peter Wells), Even Rouault, (Anne and Stefano), (Richard Duivenvoorde (booked, offering to share)
3 € 90,- 2

The rates include breakfast buffet, sat TV, direct dial telephone, ensuite bathroom with shower, minibar, and free WLAN.

Cancellation policy:

  • Free cancellation until 7 days in advance
  • 50% fee later

These rooms are blocked until 28.02.2014. Please make your reservation via mail to "" and indicate that you're participating at the "OSGeo Vienna Code Sprint" in order to get a room of the block.

If you really want to save on budget you might consider a room with shared bathroom and sometimes also shared shower. Note that these rooms are available at the hotel as backup rooms but not recommended. You have been warned.

# Beds Rate # Rooms Reservations Notes
1 € 45,- 3 Radim Blazek
2 € 50,- 2 <add your name>

Hotel Hillinger

Note, in case you've seen the previous note, that today I visited the hotel again and hopefully resolved all misunderstandings.

# Beds Rate # Rooms Reservations Notes
2 € 85,- 15 are blocked of up to 50 <add your name> Most of the rooms have double beds and some twin beds. Ask for your preferred choice.
1 € 65,- Same as above but single use Luigi Pirelli
3 € 105,- 4 <add your name> 2 of the rooms can also be used as 4 bed rooms for € 125,-.

The rates include breakfast buffet, cable and pay-TV, air conditioning, direct dial telephone, ensuite bathroom with bathtub or shower, hairdryer, and free WLAN in the whole hotel. In addition they offer free usage of the climbing hall and fitness center on the other side of the street.

Accepted payment methods: cash or creditcard.

Cancellation policy:

  • Free cancellation until 7 days in advance
  • 50% fee from 7 to 3 days in advance
  • 100% fee later

These rooms are blocked until 15.02.2014. Please make your reservation via mail to "" and indicate that you're participating at the "OSGeo Vienna Code Sprint" in order to get a room of the block.


If you don't feel comfortable with both options we recommend to look for alternatives around Kagran (map) which is just a couple of stops away from the venue with the tram and also close to the city center with the subway.


Participants should plan for the following costs:

  • Travel to Vienna
  • Accommodation for four nights
  • Breakfast and dinner (partly)




We are planning for attendance of 50-60 participants. Please add your name and the projects you are hoping to sprint and note the likeliness of your attendance as well as any special needs.

# Participant Country Arrival Departure Accomodation Work on Notes
1 Stephan Meissl AT first day last day home MapServer Definite - No special needs
2 Andreas Hocevar AT Mar 25 Mar 28 family OpenLayers Definite - No hotel needed
3 Paul Ramsey CA Mar 23 (AC6164) Mar 30 (AC9159) TBD PostGIS Booked
4 Michael Smith US Mar 23 (BA0700 Mar 30 (BA0701) PDAL/MapServer Booked
5 Jeff McKenna CA Mar 26 (AC6158) Mar 31 (AC6159) MapServer, ZOO-Project, pycsw Booked
6 Daniel Morissette CA Likely Mar 23 Mar 31 MapServer, GDAL/OGR Booked
7 Howard Butler USA Mar 22 Mar 29 MapServer, GDAL/OGR, PDAL Booked
8 Olivier Courtin FR PostGIS, TinyOWS Booked
9 Luca Delucchi IT GRASS GIS Booked
10 Martin Landa CZ Mar 24 midday Mar 28 evening Hillinger GRASS GIS, PostGIS, GDAL/OGR Booked
11 Thomas Bonfort FR Mar 24 midday Mar 28 MapServer Definite
12 Tamas Szekeres HU Mar 24 midday Mar 28 Hillinger MapServer, GDAL/OGR, QGIS Definite
13 Mateusz Loskot PDAL Likely No :-(
14 Paolo Cavallini QGIS Very likely
15 Markus Neteler IT Mar 23 Mar 28 GRASS GIS Booked
16 Angelos Tzotsos GR Mar 23 (OS0802) Mar 29 (OS0801) Hillinger OSGeoLive,pycsw,GeoNode,OTB,ZOO-Project Booked
17 Anne Ghisla DE Mar 24 Mar 28 Wiener Kindl GRASS GIS/QGIS/Translations Definite
18 Jachym Cepicky PyWPS/GeoPython (OpenLayers) Likely No :-(
19 Jorge de Jesus PyWPS/REST/GeoPython Likely
20 Andreas Trawoeger GRASS GIS Definite - No special needs
22 Martin Paces EOxServer Very Likely
23 Fabian Schindler EOxServer/MapServer Definite
24 Gérald Fenoy FR Mar 23 (AF1738) Mar 29 (AF7680) Hillinger MapServer, ZOO-Project Booked
25 Marco Hugentobler CH Mar 24 (OS562) 11:40 Mar 28 (OS565) Hillinger QGIS Booked
26 Mathias Walker CH Mar 24 (OS562) 11:40 Mar 28 (OS565) Hillinger QGIS Booked
27 Pirmin Kalberer CH Mar 24 (OS562) 11:40 Mar 28 (OS565) Hillinger QGIS, GDAL/OGR Booked
28 Paolo Corti IT Mar 23 (AZ190) Mar 28 (AZ191) Resonanz GeoNode/pycsw/QGIS Booked
29 Arnulf Christl - OSGeo, Geo for All DE Guest
30 Richard Duivenvoorde NL Mar 24 (KLM1845) 11:45 Mar 28 (KLM1848) Hotel Wiener Kindl QGIS, context help, vector tools Booked
31 Tim Sutton QGIS likely
32 Marco Bernasocchi CH QGIS Very likely
33 Martin Dobias SK Mar 23 20:45 Mar 28 20:45 Hotel Wiener Kindl QGIS Booked
34 Hugo Mercier FR QGIS, SFCGAL, PostGIS Booked
36 Helmut Kudrnovsky AT GRASS GIS Likely
37 Giovanni Manghi PT/IT QGIS Likely
38 Luigi Pirelli ES/IT 24(VY8710) 14:30 30(VY8711) Hillinger QGIS Booked
39 Milena Nowotarska PL Mar 23 Mar 26 GRASS GIS/QGIS Booked
40 Margherita Di Leo IT 24 h11:50 28 h15:15 Arnes Hotel GRASS GIS / INSPIRE Booked
41 Werner Macho AT QGIS Likely
42 Vasile Crăciunescu RO Mar 23 Mar 28 Hillinger GRASS GIS / INSPIRE/ Open GeoData Booked
43 Radim Blazek CZ Mar 24 Mar 27 Wiener Kindl QGIS
44 Martin Isenburg DE Mar 24 (LH2324) Mar 29 Wiener Kindl LiDAR in QGIS, LAStools toolbox, light-weight data base Booked flight
45 Johan Van de Wauw BE SAGA - QGIS processing, OSGeo live Likely, probably not all days
46 Andreas Neumann CH Mar 24 08:30 Mar 28 18:00 Hotel Wiener Kindl QGIS, QGIS Web Client Booked
47 Denis Rouzaud CH March 23 22:00 March 27 14:00 Hotel Wiener Kindl QGIS Very Likely
48 Peter Wells UK Mar 23 20:45 Mar 28 20:45 Hotel Wiener Kindl QGIS Booked
49 Jürgen Fischer DE 24(KLM1845) 11:45 28(KLM1848) Wiener Kindl QGIS, GDAL/OGR, OSGeo4W booked
50 Yves Jacolin FR Mar 23 Mar 28 Hotel Wiener Kindl QGIS Very Likely
51 Stéphane Brunner CH Mar 23 Mar 28 Hotel Wiener Kindl QGIS Very Likely
52 Arnaud Morvan FR Mar 23 Mar 28 Hotel Wiener Kindl QGIS Very Likely
53 Alessandro Pasotti IT Mar 24 Mar 28 Wiener Kindl QGIS, QGIS Web Client, QGIS Plugins repo Booked
54 Even Rouault FR Mar 24 Mar 28 Wiener Kindl GDAL, MapServer, QGIS? Booked
55 Rob Emanuele US tbd tbd tbd GDAL Likely
56 Stefano Cavallari DE Mar 24 Mar 28 Wiener Kindl GRASS/QGIS, Python Definite
57 Anita Graser AT tbd tbd home QGIS Definite
58 Kenny Shepard US Mar 24 Mar 28 AirBnB GDAL Booked flight
59 Rafael Krucker CH Mar 24 Mar 28 budget or youth hostel QGIS Booked
60 Tobias Schmitz CH Mar 24 Mar 28 budget or youth hostel QGIS Booked
61 Dražen Odobašić HR Mar 26 Mar 28 Hillinger QGIS Booked
62 Stepan Turek CZ tbd tbd tbd GRASS Likely
63 Borys Jurgiel PL Mar 26 20:17 Mar 28 13:31 tbd QGIS Definite
64 Nikos Alexandris GR tbd tbd tbd GRASS GIS Likely
65 Ratko Vasiljević HR tbd tbd tbd GRASS GIS, QGIS, ILWIS Likely
66 Georg Ramler AT Mar 24 Mar 27 pycsw, QGIS Plugins Definite - No special needs
67 Jürgen Zornig AT Mar 24 Mar 27 pycsw, QGIS Plugins Definite - No special needs
68 Roberto Angeletti IT Mar 24 Mar 28 3D , QGIS Plugins Likely
69 Stephan Bösch-Plepelits AT Mar 26, 28 (mornings) home pgmapcss (can it be used for MapServer?) -
70 Igor Crnković HR Mar 26 Mar 28 Hillinger QGIS Booked
71 Sebastiaan Couwenberg NL Mar 28 Mar 28 Wiener Kindl QGIS Deb packaging TBD

Individual Preparation


  • Is the Vienna 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?
    • While this is not a presentation-oriented event like FOSS4G, there will be the possibility to have presentations. There are plans to get a dedicated room with beamer.

Social Activities

Welcome party

In the evening of the first day of the sprint we will invite all sprinters to a big welcome party. More details shall not be revealed yet but we try to make it a memorable event.

Guided evening walk - "The City of Vienna at a glance"

On Wednesday evening we invite interested participants to a guided evening walk - "The City of Vienna at a glance". An on-site registration will be needed due to a limit number of 25 places.

The downtown tour introduces the imperial city, Vienna´s great history, its unique architecture, and todays life-style.

Meeting in front of St. Stephen´s Cathedral, Vienna’s main 900 years old landmark, we will stroll along Graben and Kohlmarkt, passing former court confectionary Demel and the most exclusive shops in Vienna. Crossing the courtyards of the Imperial Palace "Hofburg" you will hear about the great times of former Austrian monarchy, see where Empress Elizabeth (Sisi) married Emperor Franz Joseph, where the Vienna Boys’ Choir sings mass on Sunday, and where the famous white Lipizzaner stallions of the Spanish Riding School perform. You will enjoy the great view from Heroes Square to some of the magnificent buildings of the famous Ringstraße. We will continue walking towards State Opera and the legendary hotel Sacher and will end the tour at Albertinaplatz.


We will leave Vienna early on Saturday to go to Haus im Ennstal for skiing. In the evening we will visit an open air concert and return on Sunday.

Please contact Stephan Meissl if you're interested.