Announcement about FOSS4G-2018 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

The OSGeo Foundation is pleased to announce the hosting of [ FOSS4G] (Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial) 2018 event in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The FOSS4G-2018 event will be held at the Julius Nyerere International Conference Centre, Dar-es-Salaam and run from Monday 27th August through to Sunday 2nd September, 2018.

The Dar-es-Salaam Local Organizing Committee (“DarLOC”), led by the co- chair [ Mark Iliffe] and [ Msilikale Msilanga], brings solid experience in organizing events including the previous FOSS4G-2013 in Nottingham as well as regional and national FOSS4G events.

The Dar-es-Salaam FOSS4G-2018 event has already received strong support form inter-governmental agencies, local/regional/global institutions as well as the Open Data related communities. Anyone wanting to discuss the 2018 event can do so at the upcoming [ FOSS4G-2018 mailing list] (upcoming!).

[ Venkatesh Raghavan], President of OSGeo says: “The OSGeo Board of Directors are very pleased to collaborate with the Dar-es-Salaam team to host the FOSS4G-2018 event. The OSGeo Foundation is exited to see FOSS4G return to Africa after a decade since FOSS4G-2008 in Cape Town, South Africa. We look forward to your participation and strong support for furthering FOSS4G solutions in the African continent. Looking forward to seeing you at FOSS4G-2018!”

Congratulations to the DarLOC team!

== About FOSS4G ==

FOSS4G is the international gathering of Open Source communities. Since its beginnings, the FOSS4G conference has earned reputation of being a stimulating gathering of spatial industry, academic, government, non-profit institutions and as facilitator for new ideas and numerous innovative geospatial solutions. Over the years, FOSS4G has advanced to be the most important annual global event, approaching a thousand participants and attracting sponsorship from main-stream geospatial industries.

Even as this announcement is made, excitement continues to build for the upcoming FOSS4G-2017 conference that will be held in [ Boston, U.S.A.]. FOSS4G rotates around the world each year, throughout 3 regions of the Americas, Europe, and Asia/South Pacific.

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