Sponsor Day at FOSS4G North America

This year Our Gold Level sponsors were given the opportunity to assist planning and scheduling the conference agenda for Friday, May 24 2013. OpenGeo and RadiantBlue have done an impressive job putting together a day of programming. The schedule was jut released and we hope you find it as interesting as we do.

In addition to technology showcases by OpenGeo and RadiantBlue there will be a panel on open source technologies in state and local government. Be sure to stick around for the panel, lunch and then drop by the code sprint to see the newest foss4g developments.

We thank OpenGeo, RadiantBlue and all of our sponsors for helping make FOSS4G North America possible.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Sponsor Day programming on but we need an accurate count for food and venue purposes. If you plan on attending please make sure to register for the “Free Sponsor Day / Code Sprint Day” on registration page.

Sponsor Day Schedule

Gala Event

I hope that nobody has forgotten to register for the conference Gala event sponsored by Urban Mapping on May 23rd! It’s not too late, you can go to the registration page and add to your registration or better yet, register for both the Gala and the Conference if you haven’t yet!

Please join us for the FOSS4G-NA Gala Event held at the historic Mill City Museum. Built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. The museum will be open throughout the even so you can peruse the interesting exhibits and even a short movie of the history of Minneapolis the Mill City.

The menu is fabulous with something for everyone. Please come and join in the fun and networking.


  • Regional Hard and Soft Cheese Platter garnished with fresh fruit and berries topped with candied nuts and flatbreads
  • Italian Meat Tasting with Prosciutto, Mortadella, Cappicola, Soprasetta, Genoa Salami and assorted olives, flatbreads and baguette slices
  • Fire Roasted Vegetable Platter with red pepper aioli
  • Smoked Gouda Gratin with fresh vegetables and crostini


  • Served with vegetable rice in Chinese to-go containers with chopsticks
  • Sauteed Dumplings with Pork, Shrimp and Leek
  • Cashew Chicken, Pea Pods, Carrots, Cilantro and Bean Sprouts
  • Chef Carved Large Vegetarian Torte with roasted red peppers, artichokes, and fontina cheese with tomato basil sauce on the side.

2- drink tickets per person to include beer, wine and soda.

Accommodations Filling Up

Register soon! Accommodations are filling up! We’ve added a list of more options in the area (including government rates if available) to the Accomodations section.

Program Schedule

The Program Committee is pleased to announce the conference schedule, we have a great program for you!

On Wednesday and Thursday, we have keynotes, concurrent sessions, panels, and lightning talks. Presentation topics include big data and analysis, mobile, javascript map libraries, Python, lidar, climate, transportation, the business of open source geospatial, and more.

On Thursday night, you can have some refreshments and socialize at the Gala event at the Mill City Museum on the Mississippi River.

Stay tuned for more details on Friday’s Sponsor Day and Code Sprint events.

See you in Minneapolis in four weeks!


Putting the Pieces in Place – Plenaries, Presentations, Panels

The Program Committee is putting the final touches on the schedule, including lightening talks and panels to catch current thinking in rapidly changing areas.  The conference schedule will be available very soon!

Hotel Registration
Hotel space at the conference hotel is filling fast, but there are still rooms available near the convention site. You can find additional hotel information at the Minneapolis.org site.

Sponsors for Students
Is your organization willing to sponsor registration for a student? Let us know, we have a few student sponsorships in place, but we still have many more students who are interested!

Before and After
Don’t forget the Workshops offered Tuesday, May 21st, by the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium.

On Friday May 24, in parallel with the Sponsor Day activities, we will have a Code Sprint.  Start talking to your project members now about how you can leverage the Code Sprint for strategic planning, documentation improvements, or actual coding.  This is also a great opportunity to involve local enthusiasts and students in your project.

This isn’t just a conference – take advantage of the chance to get involved and participate.

Conference Update, Early Bird Registration Deadline April 1!

Preliminary Program Announced!

The Program Committee has announced the preliminary program.  We received a lot of great abstracts and are excited about the quality and diversity of the program.

Early Bird Deadline

Just a reminder, the Early Bird deadline for registration is sneaking up on us very soon. Please make sure to register by April 1st to get the discount rate!


We’ve got a great list of sponsors lined up for the conference, but are certainly looking for more. Don’t be left out in the cold on this opportunity! Many thanks to all those who have committed to sponsoring to date, this conference would not be possible without your support.

Student/Mentor Opportunities

If you are a student or a seasoned professional willing to act as a mentor, please check out our Student Opportunities page.


The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium in collaboration with the FOSS4G North American Conference is pleased to present a diverse list of workshop offerings on Tuesday, May 21st, at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis  (the day before the FOSS4G NA conference!). These workshops will encompass both open source and proprietary solutions. Registration for this event is handled by the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium.

Visualizing Neighborhoods Hackathon

The University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs and Open Twin Cities is scheduling a hackathon to coincide with FOSS4G NA and the Neighborhoods, USA conference that will also be in Minneapolis.

Visualizing Neighborhoods is a day-long event to bring together neighborhood leaders, technologists, data visualizers, designers, artists, scientists, civil servants, and anyone else interested to explore how data can be used for research, analyzing, mapping, outreach, engagement, and communication in our neighborhoods.  The goals are to start conversations, build community, experiment, and prototype projects for neighborhoods.


FOSS4G NA Program Shaping Up!!!

The Program Committee has selected an initial group of 49 submitted abstracts, with another 30 to follow next week.  The quality of the presentation abstracts was extremely high, so get ready for 3  interesting and informative days at the end of May.

Included in the initial group of 49 presentations are…


  • State of the project briefings (PostGIS, GeoServer, MapServer, etc.)
  • JavaScript Frameworks
  • Big Data/NO SQL (Mongo, Lucene, Hadoop)
  • Mobile
  • Government use of OSS
  • Science


  • USGS
  • National Park Service
  • US Department of State
  • MapBox
  • OpenGeo
  • Foursquare
  • Google
  • University of Minnesota

Keynote and Concurrent Session Speakers

  • Bibiana McHugh, Portland TriMet
  • Erek Dyskant, Democratic National Committee
  • Paul Ramsey (PostGIS)
  • Vladimir Agafonkin (Leaflet)
  • Frank Warmerdam (GDAL/OGR)

Stay tuned for more information next week as the roster is finalized, and the program schedule and tracks emerge.  Remember, the Early Bird Registration discount ends on April 1st.

Preliminary Program Coming Soon

Community review of the presentations closed last week.  We had a good level of participation, thank you to all of you who took the time to review and provide input on all of the submitted abstracts!

The Program Committee is now in the process of selecting presentations.  After our initial meeting last week to start the selection process, committee members put in time over the weekend ranking the abstracts.  We are meeting again on Tuesday, March 12th to pull together data from all of the review streams and come up with our initial ranking.

The committee knows that abstract acceptance can play a role in whether someone can get approval or funding, and that the April 1 deadline for Early Bird Registration is approaching.  We are working as quickly as possible to make our selection and hope to announce a preliminary program by the end of the week.

Having reviewed all of the submitted abstracts, I can say that the quality is high and we will have a great program!

Let the Community Review Begin!

The FOSS4G North America Conference is a community event.  That doesn’t just mean that we all get together in May, it means that you get a voice in shaping the conference program.

We have received a lot of great abstracts, please help us now pull them together to create the conference that you want to attend.  Go to the Community Review app and let us know which presentations look most interesting to you.

The results of the community review will be used by the Program Committee to assist in the selection and scheduling of presentations.   The review is now open and will run through March 4th.


Presentation Deadline Extended

The deadline for submitting presentation abstracts for FOSS4G North America 2013 presentations has been extended to February 22nd.

We have received many great abstracts, but we could use some more to put together the best program for all of you. We are looking for all kinds of presentations. Entry level to highly technical.  Audiences from developers to end users, to mangers.

FOSS4G NA is a community conference. We are working hard to put together a great conference, but the presentations need to come from you!

Now is the time to send us your abstracts.  Don’t be modest, we know that you are working on something cool.