Boston Code Sprint 2013

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

GeoSynergy GeoSynergy.png        Airborne Interactive AirborneInteractive.png

Bronze Sponsors

Hobu Logo-Hobu.png       Azavea 150px‎       OneOcean Bos code sprint oneocean.png      AppGeo Appgeo bos2013.jpg

Host Sponsor

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If you have not found accommodation under $200 or would like to have a roomie, please contact Leo at lr at now. You will still find great values on Hotwire or Price Line. Deluxe accommodation starts around $120. Luxury starts around $170. Act fast!

If you have special dietary requirements, please contact Leo at lr at Otherwise be expected to consume land animals, sea creatures, and vegetation.


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

We have started a Boston Sprint 2013 Agenda page for preliminary planning of tasks.

Dates and Times

Dates: Monday - Thursday 3/25-3/28

Time: Mon-Wed (9AM - 5PM), Thu (9AM - Noon)


Devonshire Sky Club Conference Room (42.358187,-71.057593) Map

Walking distance from all subway lines, rail and bus. From airport, take subway (Blue line) to State Street.


Monday (March 25th)

  • 9:00am to 9:30am - Welcomes
  • 9:30am to 11:30am - Sprinting
  • 11:30am to 12:30pm - Sponsor Presentations - Azavea: GeoTrellis
  • 12:30pm to 1:30pm - Lunch
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm - Google Hangout
  • 2:30pm to 4:00pm - Sprinting
  • 4:00pm to 6:00pm - Cocktail

Tuesday (March 26th)

  • 9:00am to 11:30am - Sprinting
  • 11:30am to 12:30pm - Sponsor Presentations - AppGeo
  • 12:30pm to 1:30pm - Lunch
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm - Google Hangout
  • 2:30pm to 4:00pm - Sprinting
  • 4:00pm to 6:00pm - Cocktail

Wednesday (March 27th)

  • 9:00am to 11:30am - Sprinting
  • 11:30am to 1:30pm - Feast
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm - Google Hangout
  • 2:30pm to 4:00pm - Sprinting
  • 4:00pm to 6:00pm - Cocktail

Thursday (March 28th)

  • 9:00am to 11:30am - Sprinting
  • 11:30am to Noon - Farewells


We've decided not to get a block of rooms because it seems it is pricier than having people pick the hotel they like best. There are over a dozen hotels name-brand and boutique within walking, all rated above three stars. Should you have specific questions, feel free to email us directly: lr at We’ll help you find the perfect accommodation.

Our recommendation is to book your own room via Hotwire or Priceline.

For Hotwire, any hotel in the Financial District will be within walking distance. For Price Line, any hotel within a half mile of 1 DEVONSHIRE PL BOSTON MA 02109 will be within walking distance.


Participants should plan for the following costs:

  • Travel to Boston
  • Accommodation for three nights
  • Breakfast and dinner

Project Plans



We are planning for attendance of 20-30. Please add your name and the projects you are hoping to sprint and note the likeliness of your attendance.

Indicate if you have already finalized accommodation and travel arrangements.

  1. Regina Obe - Paragon Corporation - Hostess
  2. Leo Hsu - Paragon Corporation - Hostess' consort
  3. Stephen Mather - PostGIS/Raster/PDAL - Attendance assured. Local
  4. Steve Woodbridge - - MapServer; pgRouting; postGIS - Attendance assured. Local
  5. Paul Ramsey - PostGIS - Arriving Mar 24 @ 18:11 on AC364
  6. Thomas Bonfort - Terriscope - MapServer - Arriving Mar 24 @ 19:25 on LH424
  7. Jonas Lund Nielsen - Danish Geodata Agency - MapServer - Arriving Mar 24 @ 19:15 on AC8666
  8. Howard Butler - Hobu, Inc. - Arriving Mar 24 @ 4:30 on UA1235
  9. Daniel Morissette - Mapgears - MapServer; GDAL/OGR - Flight/Hotel booked
  10. Jeff McKenna - Gateway Geomatics - MapServer - Flight booked
  11. Olivier Courtin - Oslandia - PostGIS, TinyOWS - Flight booked
  12. Hugo Mercier - Oslandia - PostGIS - Flight booked
  13. Stephan Meissl - EOX - MapServer - Flight booked
  14. Bborie Park - PostGIS Raster - Flight booked
  15. Steve Lime - MapServer - Flight booked
  16. Alan Boudreault - Mapgears - MapServer, MapCache; GDAL/OGR - Flight/Hotel booked
  17. Gérald Fenoy - GeoLabs SARL - ZOO-Project - Flight booked
  18. Jim Klassen - SharedGeo - Flight booked
  19. Michael Smith - US Army Corps - MapServer; PDAL; GDAL/OGR - Attendance assured
  20. Sarah Ward - qPublic - MapServer documentation - Flight/Hotel booked
  21. Justin Walgran - Azavea - OpenLayers; PostGIS - Flight/Hotel booked
  22. David Zwarg - Azavea - PostGIS Raster; GDAL/OGR - Very likely
  23. Norman Barker - Cloudant - Very likely
  24. Kenny Shepard - Azavea - PostGIS - Very likely
  25. Rob Emanuele - Azavea - PostGIS Raster - Very likely
  26. Pierre Racine - University Laval - PostGIS Raster - Very likely
  27. Norman Vine - Likely
  28. Mateusz Loskot - PostGIS/PDAL - Unlikely
  29. Adam Hinz - Azavea - PostGIS Raster - Here Now

Individual Preparation

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


  • Is the Boston Code Sprint just a coding event?
    • Yes, a coding, testing 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.
  • Will there be presentation time to show case innovative uses of technology?
    • Yes, Sponsors and sprinters actively working on projects will have their moment of glory

Extracurricular Activities

Here are some events happening around town that could be of interest:

Sporting Events

  • Hockey - Mon Mar 25 Maple Leafs vs. Bruins
  • Hockey - Wed Mar 27 Canadiens vs. Bruins
  • Hoops - Tue Mar 26 Knicks vs. Celtics

Crashing Parties


We have three sponsorship levels:

  • Gold: $2000+, Silver: $1500, Bronze: $750

We encourage sponsors ($750+) to support nutriment and entertainment for the sprinters as they work hard and play hard for four productive days. Contributions will go towards space rental, lunch, and libations (in this order).

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
  • Get to stare at us during the sprint and voice your in put in person
  • Our undying gratitude, which comes in handy when you least expect it. (Remember that feature you wanted...)

To sponsor, please contact Leo Hsu and Regina Obe (lr at pcorp dot us) directly regarding sponsorship and level of sponsorship you'd like to provide

2013 Sponsors




Airborne Interactive, GeoSynergy


OneOcean, Azavea, Hobu, AppGeo