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FOSS4G North America is going to be AWESOME!

January 16, 2015

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.

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