All Systems Go!

The planning committee of the 2013 Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial North America (FOSS4G-NA) conference to be held May 22-24 in Minneapolis, MN is pleased to make the following announcements.

REGISTRATION
Registration is now open!   Register by April 1, 2013 to get the Early Bird rate.

KEYNOTES
Two superb keynote presentations have been confirmed. More keynotes to be announced soon!

Eric Gundersen, CEO, MapBox.  With big names converting from Google Maps to MapBox (USA Today, Foursquare, etc.), Eric will be discussing the business proposition/value of open source geo.

Erek Dyskant, Sr. Analytics Engineer, Democratic National Committee. Whether you were happy or sad with the outcome of the recent election, they must have done something right!  Erek will talk about how open source solutions were used to empower tacticians with geospatial data, and describe what drove the intentional choice of using open source.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
The Call for Presentations is open until February 15, 2013. Do you have something great to show off?  We are looking for presentations, ignite talks, and panel suggestions. Submit your abstract soon to be considered for this year’s event. Know of interesting work others have been doing that you want to hear more about? Urge them to submit an abstract!

SPONSORSHIP
Help us throw a great event! Information for sponsors is now available. Of note this year is the Free Sponsor Day. Platinum and Gold level sponsors will receive a room on the third day of the conference to be able to present their own track. Admission on this day is free!

GALA
On Thursday, May 23rd we will be having a Gala event at the Mill City Museum on the Mississippi River waterfront. Come to one of the original flour mills that made Minneapolis the nation’s largest milling center for decades. Along with dinner and drinks, the entire museum will be open for exploring.

DIVERSITY
In an effort to foster a diversity of voices, the community voting on presentation abstracts will be done in a “presenter anonymous” fashion. In other words, you will be voting based on the topic and abstract content, not the potential presenter.  FOSS4G-NA is dedicated to promoting a positive experience for all attendees, see our Code of Conduct.

ROOM BLOCK
A limited room block is available at the venue (Marriott City Center).

CODE SPRINT
There will be a code sprint concurrent with the sponsor day on May 24th. Registration is free but required for the code sprint.