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Incredible program FOSS4G NA 2016

February 29, 2016

For those that don’t already know, FOSS4G North America 2016 is running in Raleigh on May 2-5, 2016. It runs at the beautiful and spacious Raleigh Convention Center in the heart of downtown Raleigh. It’s a great location, within walking distance to innumerable restaurants, bars, shops, and more. The weather that time of year in Raleigh is gorgeous.

If you have not been to a FOSS4G NA yet, it is one of the better geo events of the year. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming to everyone. People are happy to share ideas for the cool stuff they’re doing, and hear about what you’re up to. As you’d expect, there’s a strong focus on web mapping, GIS, and such. The industry has changed, and so you’ll also see talks on drones, microsatellites, spatial features in big data technologies like spark/accumulo/hbase/cassandra, IoT software working with sensors, libraries for augmented reality and amazing mobile applications, and 3D rendering. This is just a small taste. The best part about this conference is the really great people there.

The 2016 program was just announced, and it’s so strong. This year, the response to the call for proposals resulted in an avalanche of really excellent proposals. The committee did a fantastic job of evaluating them, voting on them, and crafting a program. If you’re interested in checking it out, the list of talks is available here.

It was my pleasure to help organize it again this year. I’m looking forward to it, and I’m certain it will be a lot of fun. Hope to see you in Raleigh! By the way, the early bird registration deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

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