Hi WALRUS members,
In Cascadia we are in very early discussions about hosting a future
Wikiconference USA. Who can we speak with from the NYC conference team
about how you organized, staffed, and funded the conference?
By popular request we are returning to a Tuesday for our next Cascadia
Wikimedians meetup. We will meet September 9 at Cafe Allegro. A likely
topic of discussion is Wikiconference USA 2016 early planning.
If any of you collaborate with, or have an interest in working with,
OpenStreetMap, this may interest you. OpenStreetMap Seattle will make a bid
for the 2015 OpenStreetMap SOTM-US conference. If you want to help with the
bid, you can find the meetup group at
http://www.meetup.com/OpenStreetMap-Seattle/ or contact Clifford Snow.
In comments for the last Seattle WP:Meetup for August '14, *Blue
that there was hope that in 2-3 years there could be a meta:WikiConference
USA <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiConference_USA> in Seattle or
Portland. If any of us are so inclined, perhaps assisting for this bid for
the 2015 OpenStreetMap SOTM-US conference, & then the subsequent
preparation should the bid succeed, would help prepare us in our efforts to
bring WikiConference USA to Cascadia.
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From: Clifford Snow <clifford(a)snowandsnow.us>
Date: Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM
Subject: [opensource-107] Bid to host the 2015 State Of The Map-US
We are going to prepare a bid to host the 2015 OpenStreetMap SOTM-US
conference here. The request for bids will be made by the US chapter in
late September and due by mid November. Everyone's help will be needed to
craft a winning bid. I've only attended two SOTM-US conferences, but really
enjoyed both. The conference runs two days over a weekend, plus usually a
code sprint day and another day for workshops.The cost for last years
conference in San Francisco was only around $80 so much more affordable.
And they have the usual scholarships.
They have tentatively plan to hold the conference Mid April. For us the
weather is a concern. On the bright side (like that ever happens in April)
costs should be better. I believe we can make a case for holding it in the
summer, but I'd like to hear everyone thoughts.
As the local host we are responsible for:
- initial bid
- identifying venues
- building an initial budget
- getting deals with hotels & caterers
- finding party locations for social events
- The bulk of practical preparation and organizing on the ground;
volunteers, venue, and social events
We are not responsible for fundraising, program, sponsors, registration,
PR, video recording or website.
If there are areas we think the Chapter should handle we can push back. As
and old friend said, this is all cast in jello.
By now you are probably wondering what a winning bid looks like. Take a
look at Portland for 2012
at Portland Bid, here are the areas we can divide up to tackle the bid as a
- Good writers to craft the wiki
- Describe the city
- OpenStreetMap and Open Source GIS in Seattle
- Entertainment/tourist activities
- Organizing Team
- Travel Costs
- Public Transportation in Seattle (Can we get a deal from Car2Go?)
What I'm looking for from you to let me know which area you'd like to work
on. Some of you might be going to FOSS4G in Portland (I'm so jealous)
hopefully you'll have a chance to talk to the organizers to get a feel for
what we should be doing to make a successful conference.
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So far we have about 6 board volunteers for Cascadia that I know about.
Would anyone else like to volunteer, particularly those in British Columbia
and Oregon where we could use more board representation?
* I am continuing to hear reports of Wikimedians and open source developers
moving to the Seattle region.
* We need a group name. Only 3 people have voted. Please vote on
* Reminder: next Seattle meeting will be Sunday, August 17 at Cafe Allegro.
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