[Talk-us] SOTM bid- Denver

Katie Filbert filbertk at gmail.com
Tue Oct 12 18:56:15 BST 2010

I think the bid is very promising and would be happy to come to Denver

Being strawman here, putting some issues and questions out...

Take a look at Haifa's Wikimania bid page, and perhaps fill in some  
more details like what they provided


Especially, visas are going to be a concern.  What is the team going  
to do to help facilitate getting visas and dealing with inevitable  

Also more specifics about venue... sounds like it's up in the air?   
Which is the most likely or best option of those listed? What  
buildings would we be in?what kind of space is there for plenary  
sessions? Social space?  The dates for the conference are September---  
during the fall semester. Will this be a problem? Is the venue  
available for the dates?

Sponsorships... Do we have any sponsors committed yet? Maybe ad  
contigency of a winning bid?

Travel - SOTM has previously been held in Europe, which make it easier  
for OSM volunteers in Europe (much larger community) to attend. Could  
we this year raise some sponsorship money to fund scholarships to  
bring OSM volunteers to SOTM who otherwise cannot afford to attend.  
Previous scholarships were only for people from developing countries,  
which is good but let's do more. Wikimedia funds 40-50 volunteers to  
attend Wikimania, plus people funded by wikimedia chapters, and that  
makes the conference more inclusive

Also take a look at last years SOTM bids for Barcelona that proposed  
doing FOSS4G and SOTM back to back. What were the reasons why the  
committee decided against it?  For Denver, make sure to address any  
concerns that there might be about this


Sent from my iPhone

On Oct 12, 2010, at 1:12 PM, "Coast, Hurricane" <hurricane.coast at mapquest.com 
 > wrote:

> Hey North American OSMers,
> The Bids for State of the Map must be final by October 15th.
> Much work has been done on the Denver Bid page, but it still can use  
> some spit and polish :)
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/State_Of_The_Map_2011/Bid/Denver
> Go ahead and give it a 5 minute look over and add your special touch
> More pictures (venues)?
> More names on the ‘who’s involved’. Remember you don’t have  
> to be in Denver to help out!
> Let’s have a winning bid and host the 5th Annual SOTM in our ‘home 
> ’.
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