[Talk-nz] [Pacific] Considering future Open Geospatial conferences in Oceania

Edwin Liava'a etuini.liavaa at gmail.com
Fri Aug 9 00:18:34 UTC 2019

Hi John,

Very well received and please find herewith my proposed answer to your 2

2020: FOSS4G SotM Oceania: Where?

* How about Fiji?

2021: FOSS4G-International Should we bid for it?

* Yes

Best regards,


On Thu, 8 Aug 2019 at 21:20, John Bryant <johnwbryant at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all, please see the following message below:
> “What should we do about upcoming conferences for Free and Open Source
> Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) and State of the Map (SotM) within our
> Oceania region?”
> Image by @mapmakerdavid
> <https://twitter.com/mapmakerdavid/status/1151068594438123520>
> We didn’t have an answer to this question at the last OSGeo Oceania board
> meeting. At the moment, no one is volunteering to chair. No one is backing
> a city with commitment, and that is a problem we hope to solve.
> Pertinent is that the international FOSS4G will be held somewhere outside
> of Europe or North America in 2021 and a call for a two-page Expression Of
> Interest is coming in September
> <https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/FOSS4G_2021_Bid_Process>. We have a very compelling
> case
> <https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/foss4g-oceania/2019-May/001399.html>
> for bringing the international community to our region, if we try.
> Are you keen to see FOSS4G & SotM continue in our region? Do you have
> ideas about where and how? Would you like to help make it happen? Are you
> interested in mentoring or being mentored by a bunch of committed
> volunteers who have worked on prior FOSS4G events? If so, why don’t you
> talk to us? Come join our email list
> <https://lists.osgeo.org/mailman/listinfo/foss4g-oceania> and introduce
> yourself. We particularly want to hear ideas about what we should do about
> FOSS4G in the next two years.
> Some history:
>    -
>    2009: FOSS4G-International in Sydney. During the global financial
>    crisis, we had lower attendance than expected, but managed to stay
>    profitable when similar conferences were losing money.
>    -
>    2018: FOSS4G SotM Oceania in Melbourne. Exceeded expectations for
>    size, sponsorship, activities, and engagement.
>    -
>    2019: FOSS4G SotM Oceania Wellington <https://2019.foss4g-oceania.org/>:
>    Has already exceeded sponsorship targets and sold out early bird tickets
>    within a week.
>    -
>    *2020: FOSS4G SotM Oceania: Where?*
>    -
>    *2021: FOSS4G-International Should we bid for it?*
> We are looking forward to hearing from you,
> John Bryant (OSGeo Oceania president) and Cameron Shorter (scribe).
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