What is FOSS4G?
FOSS4G is an acronym of Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial. It is an annual International Conference focused on open source geospatial software. FOSS4G provides an excellent opportunity for exchange of knowledge among developers, decision makers, users, students, researchers and observers from the field of geospatial sciences.
FOSS4G has been held in different countries all over the world and draws attendees from more than 40 countries.
Bonn, Germany hosted FOSS4G in 2016, followed by Boston, Massachusetts, USA that was the host for 2017, and now is the time for Africa. Yes, FOSS4G 2018 is FOSS4G Dar which is going to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
How FOSS4G 2018 is low-cost FOSS4G?
The registration for the conference is open.
The special rate for early bird and entrance for Foss4g2018 is available until 15th May 2018. One can book his/her participation in this GIS event through this link: https://2018.foss4g.or.tz/
The packages available for registration are given below. These packages are subjected to change/update as the conference will come closer.
|Sr. no||Package Name||Pricing|
|1||Early - Bird Gold Package*||$1200|
|2||Early-Bird Silver Package*||$950|
|3||Early-Bird Bronze package*||$850|
|4||Early-Bird Bronze package**||$500|
*The first three package will cover
A special early bird ticket, together with
3-night accommodation at a 5-star hotel
Entrance to the gala dinner, opening, and closing parties!
**Whereas the Bronze Package only provides a special early bird ticket, together with entrance to the gala dinner, opening and closing parties!
How FOSS4G 2018 will be pocket friendly?
As compared to above prices of 2018 conference, during FOSS4G17, the discount rate for conference registration was $ 650 for 3 days conference registration and $239.00 + tax (14.45%) per night for accommodation. (Source: http://2017.foss4g.org/register/)
Similarly, the regular registration price for FOSS4G16 was € 750 (3 Days incl. Gala Event) –approximately around $917. This price does not include accommodation cost in Bonn, Germany. (Source: http://2016.foss4g.org/registration.html#register)
For FOSS4G15, early bird registration cost was $ 440 for three days conference, and an average room cost $ 115 (KRW 121,000) for per night stay in SEOUL. It can also be termed as a medium to the low-cost FOSS4G conference. (Source: http://2015.foss4g.org/attending/registration/)
The following table briefly highlight the cost differences.
|Accommodation**||$115||Vary for hotels||$ 239 + tax||Included in above***|
*Registration cost include 3 days conference cost
** Accommodation rates stated here are on per days basis and taken from conference websites.
*** For FOSS4G 2018, accommodation is included in registration packages.
So as the above comparison shows, that FOSS4G being organized in Tanzania has cut down a lot of attendance cost as compared to previous conferences that were organized in developed countries.
In addition, Tanzania does not have strict VISA regulations for many countires including Pakistan. PakistanThus, it presents an excellent opportunity for students and professionals all around the globe especially from developing country to attend this extremely low-cost big GIS event.
Workshops: 27, 28 August 2018
Three day main conference: 29, 30, 31 August 2018
Code sprints and community events: 1, 2 September 2018
Call for proposals
Submissions are now being accepted for the Main Conference presentations, Academic Track, Maps and Posters and for Workshops. The complete details for available tracks for proposal submission is available here: http://2018.foss4g.org/programme.html
The Program Committee is looking for a variety of different types of stories across a broad range of sectors and industries. (Source: FOSS4G 2018 Website)
Finally, if you researcher and doing remote sensing research using free and open source software, you may consider applying for 2018 Remote Sensing Travel Awards For Postdocs And Ph.D. Students.
Please visit official web page for more details: http://2018.foss4g.org/index.html
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