FOSS4G North America Regional Conference to be Held in Washington, D.C.
New York, NY, January 26, 2011 — OpenGeo, the organization behind the OpenGeo Suite has announced their sponsorship of the 2012 FOSS4G-NA conference. The Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial - North America (FOSS4G-NA) conference will be hosted by OSGeo North America from April 10th to 12th, 2012 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Confirmed keynote speakers include Michael Byrne, CIO of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
OSGeo North America is the newly-formed North America chapter of OSGeo, an international not-for-profit whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. OSGeo North America has scheduled this regional follow-up to focus on the North American open source geospatial community. Just as they did at the 2011 FOSS4G global conference in Denver, OpenGeo is once again committed to a gold level sponsorship, In addition, this year members of OpenGeo are also volunteering on the conference organizing committee.
Eddie Pickle, OpenGeo COO said "Supporting FOSS4G and OSGeo is a top priority for OpenGeo. FOSS4G is always a key forum for meeting with our friends, clients, and partners as well as for exchanging knowledge to improve open source geospatial software. A regional event in Washington, D.C. will allow us us to focus on the evolving landscape of open source geospatial in North America. We’re especially interested to see how government agencies have been adopting open source technology to address their needs." He continued "We’re also happy to announce that our own Paul Ramsey has volunteered to be the FOSS4G- NA 2012 conference chair; we know the conference will be a success with Paul at the helm."
About FOSS4G-NA 2012
FOSS4G is an annual global conference organized by OSGeo that focuses on bringing together individuals and organizations working with free and open source geospatial software; FOSS4G-NA is a regional event for North America and is being organized by the North American Regional chapter of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), with additional support from members of a volunteer program and conference committee and the conference sponsors
OpenGeo is a social enterprise working to build the best web-based geospatial technology. The company brings the best practices of open source software to geospatial organizations around the world by providing enterprises with supported, tested, and integrated open source solutions to build the Geospatial Web. OpenGeo also supports open source communities by employing key developers of PostGIS, GeoServer, and OpenLayers. Since 2002, the company has provided successful consulting services and products to clients like the World Bank, Google, Ordnance Survey Great Britain, Portland TriMet, MassGIS, Landgate, and the Federal Communications Commission. OpenGeo is the geospatial division of OpenPlans, a New York-based 501(c)(3) non-profit that informs and engages communities through journalism and open source software. All of OpenGeo's revenue has been and will continue to be re-invested into innovative and useful software in support of the OpenPlans mission.