[Talk-in] osm workshop in Trivandrum - help needed

kenneth gonsalves lawgon at thenilgiris.com
Mon Jul 23 13:38:56 BST 2012


I had addressed a couple of mails on this subject. I think it is time to
be more elaborate, and we need help from this group to take things

Icfoss is an autonomous institution set up by the government of Kerala
to promote open source (http://icfoss.in/). I happened to meet the
director at a conference and was surprised to find that he knew what he
was talking about. He was raving about all the good work a friend of his
was doing for google maps. I introduced him to osm, and he was
enthusiastic about the concept and felt a workshop should be conducted
in tvm to build up the community and to get the government interested.
After some discussion he has offered to fund the venue, lunch and snacks
and infrastructure for a one day workshop and he has duly booked a venue
for the 18th.

However he has 2 constraints: 1 he wanted the sanction of the OSM
community to conduct the workshop - since we do not have a formal
community here, I contacted Mikel who was good enough to send a formal
letter of support in his capacity as a member of the OSMF council which
solved that problems. 2. he needs one or more local volunteers to liase
with icfoss and do the ground work like making sure the venue is ready,
registering the delegates etc. Here I am stuck as all the people I knew
in Kerala are now in Bangalore. The volunteers need not be OSM people -
people interested in learning about it are enough. 

There are some more points I need to make, but I want this mail to go
out today - I will follow up tomorrow. Opportunities like this do not
come up very often - it would be good for the community if we can make
best use of it. 
Kenneth Gonsalves

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