FOSS4G newsletter week 31 2016


Hello FOSS44-2016 followers,

We now can count the days until the start of the 2016 edition of the FOSS4G conference. In 2 weeks from now (more precisely: at the 21st of August) the first Code Sprints already start!
While some members of the local organizing committee are enjoying a well-deserved short holiday break, the other members keep the organization going. In this newsletter we supply you with information on program updates and other practical stuff that will help to make you're visit to Bonn a succes!

Facts and figures: over 650 registrees

As of the 1st of August we had more than 650 people who fully completed their registration and thus will be present in Bonn. Over 150 others already started their registration but apparently required some more time to make their choice in the overwhelming offer of presentations, workshops and other sessions. We don't just hope these 150 to finalize their registration soon, but also expect some more FOSS4G developers, users and other stakeholders will return from their holiday resorts and decide to join us in Bonn. That would bring our attendance on a level that is comparable to FOSS4G conferences in Barcelona, Denver, Nottingham and Portland.

An introduction to four of our keynoters

In our previous newsletter we already introduced you to 3 keynote speakers (Andreas Veispak, Thomas Zerweck and Bianca Hoersch). Hereby we introduce you to the 4 remaining keynoters.

Being Lead Economist at the Development Research Group of the World Bank, Klaus Deiniger is involved in helping governments to use and develop open source solutions for better land management, in order to reduce poverty.

Peter Kusterer is not just heading Corporate Citizenship at IBM in Germany, but he is also steering committee member of the "Bundesnetzwerk Bürgerschaftliches Engagement" (German National Network for Civic Society). As such, currently the migration challenge and the contribution of business consume a large part of his activities.

With a background in technology and philosophy, Ton Zijlstra (consultant at The Green Land) is the right person to build bridges. At FOSS4G-2016 Ton will speak on the oportinities and effects of open data in general, and the way open data and open source software for geospatial influence and strengthen each other in particular.

Our seventh keynote speaker is Dirk Frigne. Besides being CEO at the Belgium company "Geosparc" Dirk is well-known for being vice president of the foundation (since january 2016). At FOSS4G Dirk will tell us about the current state of the foundation, and the plans for the next steps the is planning, in Belgium, Europe and the rest of the world.

Keep an eye on the program (for last-minute changes)

With a program of approximately 180 presentation some last-minutes changes are inevitable. Please check the program page for the latest updates on the program schedule.

Some chairs wanted

No, we're not asking you to bring your own chair to Bonn, but -as you may have noticed in the program schedule- we are kindly asking you to contribute to FOSS4G-2016 by chairing a program session.
It's not difficult: it's mainly a matter of keeping an eye on the clock and making sure that questions to presenter are understandable. Check the program for the "Session chair: NA" text, and send us a mail which session you are willing to chair (

In action at the codesprints!

The Codesprint Team is busy to prepare everything for the sprint. In the codesprint venue "Basecamp Bonn" a beach atmosphere and palm trees are ready and we got sufficient internet connection prepared. Fruits & snacks & drink are waiting for you. So only you are missing for a great code sprint to work on your project!
Many projects will come to work on great open source software! An opportunity to meet people from your project team face-to-face, and an opportunity for newbies to get involved.

Already nearly 100 delegates registered for the sprint. You can still register in the Wiki, but please hurry up:

We are happy to have OSGeo and FOSSGIS e.V. as sponsors for the event.

Question regarding the codesprint can directly be sent to

Some changes, and just a few spots left at the workshops

Of those 650 who already registered, more than 210 people booked over spots 500 spots at the workshops. 2 are fully booked:

  • WS31 - Managing CityGML-based 3D city models in PostGIS and Cesium using the 3DCityDB Stack
  • WS38 - Enterprise class deployment for GeoServer and GeoWebcache: Optimizing performances and robustness
    However, WS38 will be repeated on monday morning.

Almost sold-out (as of August 4th) are 3 workshops:

  • WS29 - Creating a full featured spatial data infrastructure around QGIS and PostGIS (1 free spot)
  • WS32 - GeoPython (will be repeated on Tuesday Noon) (2 free spots but 20 more on Tuesday)
  • WS41 - Serve your GIS 3D data to the Web (3 free spots)

Unfortunately, 2 workshops have to be cancelled:

  • WS02 - Desktop developer workshop: how to create plug ins using Java
  • WS40 - Rapid deployment of complete open source geospatial infrastructure with GIS.lab

Those who admitted for the workshop already received a notification of this cancellation.
The good news is that we found replacements for them by repeating 2 poplar workshops:

  • WS38 - Enterprise class deployment for GeoServer and GeoWebcache
  • WS32 - GeoPython

Questions regarding the workshops? Send an email to

All FOSS4G locations on one map

For your convenience we've compiled all the relevant FOSS4G-2016 location on a map. You can find the event locations, taxi ranks, hotels, pubs and more at our homepage (

Not registered yet? Do so before August 12th!

If you're not yet among the 650+ people who already registered, we of course do hope you will do so soon. For several organisational aspects, such as catering, it makes our life easier to know as soon as possible how many people will show up. So point your browser to and click that "register now" button. registration is possible until August 12th.



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