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FOSS4G North America is going to be AWESOME!

The team & I have been very busy since the last time I posted about FOSS4G NA. With less than 2 months to go, and many newsworthy items, I felt it was definitely time to do an update.

On behalf of the organizing team; the speakers; the technology projects; and the community, we hope that you can join us in Burlingame, California from March 9th to 12th! It is going to be an outstanding conference, with so much great content, a lot of fun, and with plenty of camaraderie.

Here we go!:

The FOSS4G NA Program, and Schedule has been announced and what a strong program it is! For what it’s worth, the bar for what it took to have a talk selected was extremely high It was very difficult to have to turn down some really great talks & excellent speakers. We’re so sorry we didn’t have room for everyone who submitted. Our deep gratitude to all those that submitted and congratulations to those who had talks & workshops accepted.

For what it’s worth, I would like share that roughly 30% of the program are talks by extremely smart & talented female speakers. Historically, female speakers have been underrepresented so we’re grateful to have these amazing women to speak at the conference. Thank you.

We have some excellent keynote speakers and presentations for you.

This year we’re doing something awesome. The conference is co-hosted with EclipseCon. So you can attend any talk from EclipseCon or FOSS4G NA without added cost. We have also collaborated with the PostgreSQL community to organize PGDay. PGDay is a 1 day conference with an impressive lineup of speakers with presentations about PostgreSQL.

PGDay isn’t the only theme day. We also have organized theme days for Big Data & Web Mapping.

It is not too late to be able to speak at the conference. The deadline for our Call for Posters & Maps is February 23, 2015.

We also have a scholarship program for those that might need a little support to get to the conference. The deadline to apply for a grant is January 21, 2015.

We still have a few more sponsorship spots left, but they’re going very fast. If you’re interested, please visit the FOSS4G NA sponsor prospectus. We are glad to help you find just the right sponsor package.

I’ll blog later about the social events. There’s enough planned that it deserves a dedicated post. For a quick summary, things get started on Sunday night, March 8th with an icebreaker and optional workshop, and run right up to the closing plenary March 12th.

On behalf of everyone involved with FOSS4G NA 2015, we hope you can join us. See you in California!


p.s. A special thank you to our team: Rob, Kristin, Ragi, Jody, Kate, Robert, Beth, David, Regina, Eddie, Andy, and Alyssa.

Today is the early deadline for FOSS4G NA & EclipseCon 2015

Next March 9th to 12th, FOSS4G NA & EclipseCon are coming together at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, California. For one low price, attendees can attend any presentations or workshops/tutorials from either conference.

Today, Monday November 3rd, is the early bird deadline for the call for papers for both conferences. The final deadline is November 17th.

A friendly reminder that speakers who get their talks accepted get a free full access pass to the conference!! Submit your proposal today at either:

  1. FOSS4G CfP – for anything geospatial related including open source software and open data.
  2. EclipseCon CfP – for anything Science, IoT, Development Tools, and other topics covered on the CfP Page.

Also co-hosted with the larger conferences include some very interesting theme days:

  • Science Day, featuring open source software for Scientific research
  • PGDay, featuring presentations on the PostgreSQL database
  • IoT Day, featuring presentations exploring the Internet of Things
  • CDT Day, featuring presentations on C/C++ development
  • Polarsys Day, covering embedded system development for safety critical systems such as aviation, space, and energy

A case study in being creepy

Apathy is easy. Especially on the Internet. There’s so much “shit going down” that looking the other way and not getting involved is often necessary to avoid being overwhelmed. Not this time.

Last week, my partner was annoyed with how her hair was behaving and felt it was overdue for a trim. She posted a headshot of herself for a before and after sequence. Soon afterwards, some random jerk posted:

“Wow. I had no idea how breathakingly beautiful you are. Just…wow….”

A compliment, but a creepy one. Not surprisingly this made her uncomfortable. In my opinion a big part of it was the comment was made in a tone that was inappropriate for their level of familiarity (pretty much zero). It was something I, as her partner for 22 years, might say. I’ve earned the right & trust to say it. This person clearly had not. It was an electronic invasion of personal space. Further, this person felt they had the right to publicly voice how physically attractive (or not) they felt she was. I want to educate my fellow men. No, we don’t have that right. It is highly inappropriate and creepy to overstep like this.

This person then went on to further reinforce my opinion that they have broken attitudes towards women with this comment:

“Theres a stunning redhead next to me as I wait for the car to be serviced. Boyfriend or not, I can’t help myself from staring at her…”

Whether a woman has a boyfriend or not does not change inappropriateness. It is pretty crap that this guy feels otherwise.

The attitude that this guy can just help himself and stare if he finds some woman attractive and her comfort be damned is not OK. That he felt comfortable publicly gloating about it is even worse.

Men, we need to hold ourselves and especially each other to a higher standard. And just because it happens all the time doesn’t make it OK.

EclipseCon & FOSS4G NA CfP now open

Next March 9th to 12th, the FOSS4G & EclipseCon North America 2015 conferences are co-hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame California. Attendees can go to any talk or workshop of their choice for no added cost.

The Call for Papers for each is now open!
EclipseCon NA

Submitting a proposal is painless and involves filling out a simple web form.

We’re keen to see what kind of mad cross pollination of ideas comes from bringing so many smart & creative people together!

p.s. As a thank you, speakers receive a free pass to the conference.

Don’t be “that guy”

Dear FOSS4G goers,

I would like to share a brief public service announcement.

I know the conference is very stimulating and exciting. I know Portland is a very cool city. I know the evening parties often involve alcohol consumption. People are often exhausted from the conference, travel, and jet lag. It can be hard to keep a grip on appropriate inhibitions. But please don’t over do it and lose your grip.

Please try and remember your manners and basic human decency so that everyone can have a good time and feel welcome & comfortable.

Thank you & enjoy the conference.

p.s. Kudos to the Portland organizing team and thank you for huge amount of work you’ve done so that we can enjoy a great conference!

Program Committee selected for FOSS4G North America 2015

On July 17th, we announced that Rob Emanuele would be program chair for FOSS4G North America 2015.

I am very pleased to announce that he has picked the program team that will select the program for the conference. And it is a wonderful team. The team brings a diverse set of expertise and perspectives.

Thank you Rob, and thanks in advance to Kate, Andy, Regina, Beth, and Jody for putting together a great program for next March 9th to 12th!

Logo selected for FOSS4G North America 2015


Our logo contest has concluded and our conference committee have selected a winning logo.

The logo continues the compass point theme from the past two FOSS4G North America conferences in Washington D.C. & Minneapolis. It also pulls in the ribbon theme from the global FOSS4G. The bridge is a nice reminder that the event will be held in Burlingame, a short distance from San Francisco. The conference runs March 9th to 12th, 2015.

Congratulations to PixelNodes, the winning designer. And thank you to 99designs for hosting the contest.


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