Dear fellow members,
After a long discussion we have decided to give a push to this year’s conference to help make it the most diverse FOSS4G ever.
Usually OSGeo gives some seed money to main FOSS4G that usually goes back (often multiplied) to OSGeo at the end of the event as remaining of the budget not used. This year we didn’t give any seed money at the beginning because the World Bank has sponsored a big part of the budget and gave the seed money.
Nevertheless, the board has decided to sponsor the conference on a Platinum level. This money will be used mostly to improve the Travel Grant Program allowing even more people to attend the conference and to improve the record of the event, spreading even further all the knowledge shared in the conference in the form of videos.
I want to remember also other organizations and companies that sponsoring FOSS4G events, small or big, is a big push to our community that gives a lot of exposure. Everybody remember our sponsors and many of us are keen to work with teams who care for the community.
Also, I want to remember our fellow members that everyone can donate directly to the Travel Grant Program through Paypal: /initiatives/foss4g-travel-grant-program/ Even the smallest amount can make a huge difference to people who can’t afford to travel to FOSS4G.
Have a happy day!
María Arias de Reyna.