Extracurricular adventures, don’t forget the Map Gallery, and schedule updates

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | by

Your registration is paid (what? not yet? register now!), your bags are near-packed, and now you’re wondering what else to do in Portland — in addition to a fantastic week of development, networking, and geo-geek revelry. See below for things you may have forgotten, an update on lodging, info on the program schedule, field trips, and a party on Null Island.

Right now: Map gallery reminder

Tick-Tock, tick-tock…. what was that one thing you were forgetting? Something about a map? Oh yes! Submissions to the FOSS4G Map Gallery are rolling in and the deadline of August 31st is looming large.

Have you toiled over a great map recently using open tools and/or data? Your map may be the result of a commercial venture or a personal challenge. Use whatever combination of technologies and data you choose. Map makers of all kinds are encouraged to participate, fame, glory and fabulous prizes await!  Submit your map now!

Tuesday, 9/9: FOSS4G Welcome Reception hosted by Ecotrust and Point 97

Kick off the 2014 FOSS4G conference like a local in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District. The Natural Capital Center offers visitors a first hand experience with convention challenging principles that put Portland on the map as a leader in creativity, design, and impact in a time of tremendous change and pressure on social and environmental resources.

Your hunger for maps, pre-conference conversation, and local flavor will be well satisfied. An assortment of beverages and food will be available. Guests are invited to connect with people and place through Ecotrust and Point 97 mapping technologies, which are shaping the long-term economic and environmental health of terrestrial and marine environments. Feel free to take a tour of the 120-year old Natural Capital Center — headquarters for Ecotrust, Point 97 and home to over two dozen social enterprises that are changing the way we live, work, and do business.

  • Where: Natural Capital Center, 721 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
  • When: Tuesday September 9th, 2014

Wednesday, 9/10: Maptime and Null Island! Party

Maptime is a conglomeration of hands-on, beginner-focused meetup groups for learning about web maps, open-source spatial analysis, and geographic concepts. They recently hit 30 (THIRTY!) meetup groups around the world, and figured it was time for a party! Come join them as they celebrate the growth of their organization, the first birthday of Maptime Null Island (with t-shirts), and the awesome community being creating. They’ll buy the first round…

Wednesday (again): LocationTech BOF

Organized during FOSS4G week in Portland, this LocationTech Birds of a Feather Meetup is a chance to meet members, project developers, entrepreneurs, and other interesting people for an enjoyable evening of good food, drinks, and camaraderie.

Field trips and tours

You traveled all the way to Portland so be sure to take some time to relax and explore our beautiful little corner of the world with one of our field trips or tours:

Space is still available, but limited. To register for an activity, visit the main registration page (scroll towards the bottom for tours etc). You can register for field trips separately from the main conference. If you need assistance or have questions, contact support at foss4g-info@osgeo.org.

Updated conference schedule

The schedule has been updated with the latest details and is full of great workshops, presentations, and events. Take a look and start sketching out your conference now to ensure that you don’t miss any crucial content.

Lodging Update

Our room blocks at the Doubletree and Staybridge have filled. However, the Staybridge is offering a limited number of additional rooms at the group rate based on availability. We recommend calling them ASAP to try and get a room. For a room at the Staybridge, contact Megan Black, (503) 262-8888, ext. 2004. Depending on availability, she may extend the rate.

If you are unable to find a room at either of those locations, there are numerous other hotels in the area around the Oregon Convention Center; many attendees have also had luck with AirBnB or one of a number of the guesthouses in Portland (search Portland Guesthouse).

Important Conference Dates

See the full calendar for more details.

  • Sep 8th-9th: Workshops
  • Sep 10th-12th: Main Conference
  • Sep 13th: Code Sprint