Call for Presentations

Please help us deliver a fantastic and productive conference by sharing what you know about geospatial Open Source at the 2013 FOSS4G (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) North America Conference. With expected attendance of 500 people coming from all around North America, this is the annual gathering of people currently or potentially involved with open source geospatial software on the continent.

The program committee is looking to fill over 75 speaking slots with high quality talks on a variety of technology, deployment and “the business of open source” presentations. Conference attendees include developers, end users, managers and people who are new to open source geospatial.

The concurrent session presentation format will be 25 minute talks with 5 minutes for questions and answers. In addition, you can also submit abstracts for Ignite talks or suggestions for discussion panels. Presentation topics are open to all aspects of FOSS4G, but the following list of potential subjects may give you some ideas:

  • Business Cases: Building the economic case
  • Case Studies: Relate your experiences
  • Benchmarks: Comparisons between products
  • Visualization: Cartography and data presentation
  • Disaster Response: Software, case studies, outcomes
  • Development: New features, what makes your product tick
  • Hacks and Mashups: Novel and cool solutions
  • Collaboration: Working together, data collection, data sharing, open standards
  • New data: Handling new data models, for example 3D & temporal data, or big data
  • Climate Science: Gauging the barometer of open source and science

This conference is driven by the community. In addition to submitting presentations, everyone can provide feedback on those presentations that you would like to see selected for the final program. This helps ensure that the conference reflects what you want to hear about. Watch for an announcement on the opening of community voting as soon as the presentation submission period closes.

In a change from last year and in an effort to foster a diversity of voices, the community voting will be done in a “presenter anonymous” fashion. In other words, you will vote for topic and abstract content, not for a potential presenter. Community input is one of the key factors used by the Program Committee to select the presentations for the program.

Submission deadline is February 15 has been extended to February 22, 2013. Time is short so don’t procrastinate, please submit an abstract now!

We look forward to hearing from you!