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FOSS4G Boston 2017

What is FOSS4G?

The annual FOSS4G conference is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation. Through six days of workshops, presentations, discussions, and cooperation, FOSS4G participants create effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, and protocols.

FOSS4G has been held all over the world and draws attendees from over 40 countries. Bonn, Germany hosted the conference in 2016. In 2017, Boston, Massachusetts, USA will host.

About OSGeo

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation was founded to support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software. The foundation's goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects, data development and education. Many projects live under the OSGeo umbrella. http://osgeo.org

Boston Local Organizing Committee (BLOC)

The Boston Local Organizing Committee is made up of key members within the Boston (and beyond!) geo community that represents the academic, business, government, and technology sectors. The BLOC also has strong ties to the FOSS4G community and has experience with prior FOSS4G conferences.

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Michael Terner

Conference Chair

Applied Geographics Inc.

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Guido Stein

Conference Co-Chair

Applied Geographics Inc.

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Mike Foster

Workshop Committee Chair

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Andy Anderson

Program Committee Chair

Amherst College

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Charlie Schweik

Academic Committee Chair

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Mohammed Zia

Academic Committee Co-Chair

Istanbul Technical University

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Kayla Patel

Volunteer Committee Chair

City of Boston

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Aleda Freeman

Extracurricular Committee Chair &

Program Committee

MassGIS, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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Christian Jacqz

Outreach Committee Chair &

Program Committee

MassGIS, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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Will Mitchell

Organizing Committee

NBT Solutions

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Josh Rosenthal

Organizing Committee

SiteSpect, Inc.

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Carolyn Bennett

Program Committee

Boston Planning and Development Agency

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Ben Lewis

Program Committee

Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis

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Christopher Barnett

Program & Workshop Committee

Tufts University

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Giovanni Zambotti

Workshop Committee

Harvard Center for Geographic Analysis

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Randal Hale

Workshop Committee

North River Geographic Systems Inc.

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Regina Obe

Workshop Committee

Paragon Corporation

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Ashley Tardif

Operations Coordinator

FOSS4G Boston 2017

Contact Us

Have a question? Contact us at foss4g2017@gmail.com


Can I register for workshops without registering for the conference?
Yes, as of May 18th there is the option to register for workshops only.

Is there a volunteer program for FOSS4G?
Yes, the volunteer program and application will be released by June 1st with high priority given to students.

I missed the deadline, can I still send in an abstract?
Unfortunately, the Call for Abstracts has closed and we are no longer accepting submissions. That being said, we are pleased to have received over 420 submissions this year

Are there any discounts for students, accepted speakers, etc.?
Our discount is the Early Bird rate, which ends May 16th. For students, we suggest volunteering when we release the volunteer application.

When will the schedule for FOSS4G be released?
We have recently chosen the program for FOSS4G Boston and creating the schedule is our next step. We will release the schedule as soon as we can and thank you for your patience and understanding. We hope to have it online before June 1st.

What is the deal with the Harpoon Welcome Social?
Due to the size of the venue we have a limited number of tickets (only 400) that are being distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis to Early Bird registrants. As of May 16th there are no more tickets available for this event.

What is JS.Geo?
JS.Geo is a co-located conference that takes place on Tuesday, August 15th. There were a limited number of tickets (only 120) and it is now sold out. JS.Geo overlaps with Tuesday workshops, so we suggest coordinating your workshop selections with the JS.Geo schedule (i.e. taking your workshops on Monday).

Will any meals be provided at FOSS4G?
Lunch will be provided on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the week of the conference. A continental breakfast will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday. Coffee will be provided during breaks and Friday morning.

Where are the workshops located?
Monday and Tuesday workshops are located at Harvard University’s Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA).

What is the closest T (subway) stop to FOSS4G Boston?
The World Trade Center stop on the Silver Line is across the street from the Seaport Hotel and is the closest T stop to the conference. The South Station stop on the Red Line is also walking distance to the conference venue.

Code Of Conduct

Participants at FOSS4G Boston 2017 are expected to act respectfully toward others in accordance with the OSGEO Code of Conduct.

FOSS4G is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for FOSS4G. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the conference without a refund at the sole discretion of the conference organizers. Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.

Please read the FOSS4G 2017 Code of Conduct.
If you see or are involved in an incident, please follow the Attendee Procedure for Handling Harassment. Our staff (both BLOC and Volunteers) are trained to follow the Staff Procedure for Handling Harassment.

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