Social Events

There are a bunch of other events going on along side FOSS4G.

You Are Here – FOSS4G Welcome Reception

hosted by Ecotrust and Point 97

Tuesday, 9 September, 7:00-10:00pm
Please RSVP here.  Join us !

Natural Capital Center
721 NW 9th Ave #200
Portland, OR 97209

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, with free drink tokens for those who RSVP. 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. While here, 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.

LocationTech Meetup

Wednesday, 10 September, 7:00-10:00pm
Please RSVP here.

Spirit of 77
500 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
(Directly across from the Convention Center)

The 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 camraderie.

Maptime! Null Island! Party!

Wednesday, 10 September, 8:00pm-??
Please RSVP here.

White Owl Social Club
1305 SE 8th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Maptime is an organization of hands-on, beginner-focused meetup groups designed for learning about web maps, open-source spatial analysis, and geographic concepts. We just hit 30 (THIRTY!!!) meetup groups around the world, so we figured it was time for a party! Come join us as we celebrate the growth of our organization, the first birthday of Maptime Null Island (with t-shirts), and the awesome community we’re creating. Your first drink is on us! See you there!

FOSS4G Gala Night

World Forestry Center
Thursday, 11 September, 6:00-10:00pm

The Party

Join us in the beautiful hills of NW Portland to celebrate a fantastic conference with delicious drinks, great local food, and excellent company. This year the Gala Night will be held at the spacious World Forestry Center — and may be your only chance to try your hand at smokejumping, operating a timberjack harvester, or rafting class IV rapids without getting wet.

Full conference registration* includes a Gala Night ticket, and you will receive a MAX ticket when you register — so you have no excuse not to go.

Want to bring a guest? Fantastic. Snag an extra Gala ticket for them on the main FOSS4G registration page.

*Single day and volunteer registrations will need to purchase a ticket separately.

Getting There

We recommend that you take public transportation to the gala.  Please note that we will have limited alternative transportation available (but the train is faster). Gala night attendees will be given a paid ticket (for transportation to the Gala via MAX) at registration. Directions to the World Forestry Center via light rail (MAX) are below. More details on local transit can be found at

  • Directly north of the Convention Center, board either the MAX Blue Line westbound towards Hillsboro or Elmonica/170th, or the MAX Red Line westbound towards Beaverton TC.
  • Get off at the Washington Park stop, which is in a tunnel augmented with geologic info and other nerdery. (Stop and take a look!)  It’s the only stop underground, so you can’t miss it.

  • Take the western-most elevator to ground level (remember the train was going West!). When you exit the elevator, look across the street. That’s the gala location.

  • To return to the Convention Center, board either the MAX Blue Line eastbound toward Gresham or the MAX Red Line eastbound toward the Portland Airport; get off at the Convention Center MAX stop.

FOSS4G Wrap-up/WhereCampPDX kick-off

hosted by MapBox

Friday, 12 September, 6:00-9:00pm

Please RSVP here.

The Refuge
116 SE Yamhill St.
Portland, OR 97217

Mapbox and WhereCampPDX invite you to the FOSS4G 2014 wrap up party and kickoff for WhereCampPDX at Refuge, Portland’s premier audiovisionary center. Expect a warm happy hour vibe with great tunes, tasty beers & wine, and yummy bites.