We announced the the OSGeo Code Sprint a venue and dates a couple of months ago. If you haven’t already done so, OSGeo developers are invited to make travel plans for a 4-day code sprint that will occur Feb 9 – 13.
We will have a social ”’get-together on the evening of Mon, Feb 9”’ with the code sprint beginning in earnest on ”’Tues, Feb 10”’ and running through ”’Fri, Feb 13”’.
”’Hotel”’ – We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Loews Hotel for $ 149/night – a great rate in a nice hotel that occupies an historic tower in downtown Philadelphia. Booking information is available at: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Code_Sprint_2015
”’Venue”’ – We will be holding the code sprint at the downtown [http://www.friendscentercorp.org/ Friends Center], a conference facility operated by the Quakers (Philadelphia was founded by Quakers, and the “Society of Friends” continues to be an important part of the local community). The Friends Center is located at 1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
”’Flights”’ – Philadelphia (PHL) is a hub for American/US Air and Southwest and also has a good number of international carriers with direct flights, including Air Canada, Air France, Lufthansa, British Air and Qatar Airways. Other regional options include Newark Airport (EWR), which has a rail link to the Newark Airport train station, which is about a 50 min train ride to Philadelphia 30th St Station. Newark airport has a broad range of international flights, including Porter Airlines from Toronto.
”’Rail”’ – Philadelphia is about 2hrs from Washington DC and 1hr 15min from New York Penn Station by Amtrak rail.
While the code sprint will primarily be focused on OSGeo projects, in the interest of enabling the two communities to work together, we have also invited [http://www.locationtech.org/ LocationTech] projects participate, meet and work on areas of common interest. The Eclipse Foundation’s LocationTech projects include: JTS, uDig, GeoTrellis, GeoMesa, Geogig, and GeoJini. LocationTech has already stepped up and agreed to be a Gold Sponsor for the code sprint.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you all to Philadelphia in February. It will probably be cold, but we’ll be inside coding, and at least [https://www.youtube.com/user/AlwaysSunnyonFX it’s always sunny in Philadelphia].