FOSS4G 2009 Demonstration Theatre

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Thank you for those taking part in the FOSS4G 2009 Demonstration Theatre. The demo theatre was a chance to show off what your team or community is capable of (to a willing audience since they are having their coffee).


  • It was a bit hit or miss this year with a few great demos; and a couple of no shows.
  • It is really recommended to have two screens in order to avoid any AV switching.

Hapless Volunteers

Where possible we will try and have community leaders introduce the members of their community that are offering demos.

Demo Theatre

Demo Venue:

  • This year we are taking over one of the presentations spaces during the lunch break and afternoon tea.

Demo Facilities:

  • We will have two overheads projectors (so one team can set up as another is presenting)

Demo Schedule

The demo schedule is being set now (over the month of August) as it is one of the last things to be placed into the program.


  • 3 Aug, 2009: Sponsors -- Initial email contact
  • 10 Aug, 2009: Sponsors -- Contacted via Phone


  • 7 Sep 2009: Community Leaders asked to contact their email lists and FOSS4G Submissions Contacted (Workshops/Tutorials/Presentations)
  • 14 Sep 2009: Demo Schedule Finalized
  • 21 Sep 2009: Printed Program Deadline

Please keep in mind:

  • Primary spots are at the start of Lunch and the afternoon tea break (these time slots have the most walk-by traffic to feed on)
  • We will group similar content together (both to allow direct comparison and to let those interested in a topic to mark off a block of time)
  • Demos are the last thing to be Scheduled in terms of conference priorities - we do not anticipate any conflicts since we are running in the breaks this year
  • If you would like to do a demonstration in the theatre, please contact the theatre coordinator Demonstration demos
  • We will open the demo theatre up to sponsors first (they are paying for this party after all) and then to the general community
  • When the call goes out it will be first come first served (no fancy attempt to balance the content or match the conference agenda - this is a simple activity)
Time Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning Tea
10:05 CLOSED BIRT with Australian Business Atlas, Roderick Ross (InterGeo) AuScope Portal w/ Application Schema, Ben Caradoc-Davies (CSIRO)
10:15 CLOSED BIMserver CityGML, Léon van Berlo ( Hands on INSPIRE, Rob Atkinson
High Noon
12:05 Leveraging OGC Capabilities of ArcGIS Server, SImon Hope (ESRI Australia) MapSherpa, Michael Adair (DM Solutions Group) Live DVD
12:15 NuMaps, Brad Spencer (NuMaps) Geoportal application of Rhineland Palatinate, Arnulf Christl (WhereGroup) Live DVD
12:25 QGIS/Grass/Python, Bishwarup Banerjee Hobedata - WebGIS based hydrological data platform based on pure open source, Till Adams (terresris GmbH & Co KG) Live DVD
12:35 DOHA with Cognos BI and GeoServer, Andy Meehan(InterGeo) CCIP deegree interoperability Demo, Hanko Rubach (lat-lon) Live DVD
12:45 Mobile OSM Upload, Terry Collins (Mokbee) Nikweb - post GeoJSON features, get back sexy Mapnik maps, Robert Coup Live DVD
12:55 Orfeo Toolbox, Emmanuel Christophe ( MapFish Applications,Cedric (CampToCamp) Live DVD
Afternoon Tea
2:35 Integration of OGC SWE Data in ArcGIS (52North/ESRI), Bastian Schäffer (52North) Introducing GeoScript, Tim Schaub (OpenGeo) GRASS, Clara Tattoni (Università degli studi di Trento)
2:45 TERENO sensor data with OS Stack, Till Adams (terresris GmbH & Co KG) Drupal Open Layers PostGIS for indigenous communities, Charles Burnett ( OpenGeo Suite, Mike Pumphrey (OpenGeo)

note: * note a poster session has also been scheduled for this timeslot

Giving a Demo

The first step is to have something to demo:

  • You have 10 minutes
  • You must demo software (really - it is an open source software conference)
  • Show us, rather that talk. It is better to show software and leave time for questions than to try and handle this as a presentation.
  • Source code is hard to read and does not qualify for "show us"
  • You will have 5 mins to set up prior, and 5 mins to tear down. Please be prompt as there is someone waiting to start after you.
  • Sponsors (or anyone starting a session): you will have access to the room for a bit before the session starts - if you want to take the time drag in a poster (or put hand outs on the chairs) more power to you.

The second step is to email us:

  • Demonstration demos
  • Let us know of any schedule constraints (perhaps you are presenting or giving a lab)
  • We will get back to you with a timeslot (we will be organizing the demos according to subject matter or community).


Is this your first time doing a demo?

  • If you are used to doing presentations; try this approach: Show the software and hand out your presentation in paper form.
  • Be excited, what you are showing is *cool* and meeting people like you is why we come to these conferences anyways
  • Hang around to the end of the session, many people that would like to ask you questions will be hesitant to walk out of the room to chase you down.

You may also wish to bring:

  • Something to hand out (Your business card, demo-CDs, academic papers, t-shirts)

If you would like to have someone introduce you please warn them before hand: - Your professor? Your company's marketing department? Your open source project lead?

Let people know where to find you:

  • For sponsors - be sure to include a slide showing the location of your booth
  • For academics - let them know if you have a poster up


Bring your own laptop, do not expect to install software during your demo (you only have 10 minutes).

  • This advice can be ignored if you want to demo the fact you have a slick installer now
  • You may wish to make a back up "flash" demo (use for example) in case the worst happens (THIS IS GOOD ADVICE)
  • Turn off virus checkers, ebay bidding tools, email applications and anything else that is going to leap up and ask for attention in an embarrassing manner

With respect to the Internet:

  • Ensure you can connect to the wireless network before starting your presentation
  • We will try and have a LAN drop for you
  • Expect the Internet to be slow (there are a lot of fun toys at a conference like this all of which want their piece of the packet pie)
  • Run from a local service installed on your laptop if you can


Is there a PC with Internet?

Please bring your own laptop (that way you can be sure it is set up correctly for your demo), there will be a LAN drop (or you can make use of the conference wireless).

How long should a demo be?

The demo slot is 10 mins, you may want to use the entire time to show your application. Or you may want to show the application for for 5 mins and answer a few questions.

Do demo's have to be visual?

It depends on what you are showing, if you want to show that "Using JTS Prepaired Geometry is 120% faster" a simple JUnit test and a code example may be all that is needed. If you want to demonstrate an open source compass based on two GPS units you may wish to dance around the room in an entertaining manner.