FOSS4GNA 2018 – May 14-16 2018

Oct 27, 2017 | FOSS4G, GIS, OSGEO, QGIS

FOSS4GNA is happening May 14-16 2018 in St Louis Missouri. Speaking of – I’ve only accidentally driven in to Missouri once so this should be fun.

They also put out the call for Papers and I won’t bore you with a rehash of what papers they are looking for – I will only bore you with the dates:

  • October 13, 2017: Submissions open
  • January 15, 2018: Workshop submission deadline
  • January 16 – 22, 2018: Community review for workshops
  • January 26, 2018: Workshops announced
  • February 8, 2018: Talk submission deadline
  • February 9 – 20, 2018: Community review for talks
  • February 28, 2018: Talks announced

Why the dates? Because that’s the one thing I’ll forget but I’ll see this post until I make about 6 more and it will force me to submit something.

If you haven’t been to one of these things I’ll make my case here – you need to go.

  1. It’s not a sales conference. You get a chance to talk to people – not talked at by people. demos tend to go horribly wrong which is awesome. Developers are also users so they have to eat what they make.
  2. You get a chance to talk to the developers and users about anything. It’s not one ecosystem of products. It’s everything from LIDAR to Desktop GIS to Server side things.
  3. Even if you are an ESRI only shop – there is something here for you. I will even hazard a bet you’ll walk away going “I think we could use <insert idea here>……” and you might change your life.
  4. You aren’t a customer – your part of a community.
  5. It’s a nice change of pace. Interactions are pleasant. People are fun. A good time is had by all.

So show up. Toss this into your budget and go – you’ll learn something I swear.

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