FOSS4G 2014 Update: Draft Program Released, Early Bird Deadline Near

== Early Bird Deadline Approaches, Conference Program Posted, Call for Travel Assistance, Field Trips ==

=== Early Bird deadline approaches! ===

A reminder: the Early Bird discount ends 6/15. [ Register now] to save and guarantee yourself the best selection of workshops.

===Conference program posted ===

Thanks to those who reviewed abstracts and finalized the schedule.

The draft schedule for presentations for FOSS4G 2014 has been [ posted]! We feature eight tracks over three days, plus invited talks and a great selection of Keynote Speakers. Our presenters represent [ 20 different countries]. (Curious about the presentation selection process? [ Here are the details].)

=== Help bring your colleagues to FOSS4G ===

The first-ever FOSS4G travel grant program received 85 requests for assistance. The applicants come from across the globe, and represent a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and experience. We are very excited to have the opportunity to strengthen the open source community by bringing more people together at FOSS4G.But in order accomplish this task, we need your help. Grant requests (for registration, lodging, and travel costs) total over $100,000, which is more than ten times our currently available funding. We would like to raise an additional $10,000 to help meet this need. Please support your colleagues by donating to our travel grant fund [ here], or when you register. Every little bit helps; thank you for your support.

===Field trips===

When you join us for FOSS4G, we hope you’ll spend a few extra days to discover some of what makes our little corner of the world special. To help you do that, we’ve planned a number of outings on various days before and after the conference. Come to a Portland Timbers game and join the most passionate soccer fans you’ll see this side of Europe, explore Portland on foot in walking tour led by Know Your City, or get to know the area by taking a tour of local breweries or wineries. More details on [ field trips].

=== Important Conference Dates ===

See the [ full calendar] for more details.
”’June 15th: Early bird registration ends”’
Sept 8th-9th: Workshops
Sept 10th-12th: Main Conference
Sept 13th: Code Sprint


==== About FOSS4G ====

The annual FOSS4G conference is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation. Through six days of workshops, presentations, discussions, and cooperation, FOSS4G participants create effective and relevant geospatial products, standards, and protocols.

FOSS4G has been held all over the world and draws attendees from over 40 countries. Nottingham, England hosted the conference in 2013. In 2014, Portland, Oregon, USA will host FOSS4G’s tenth year

==== About OSGeo ====

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) was founded in 2006 to support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software. The foundation’s goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects, data development and education. Many projects live under the OSGeo umbrella, including FOSS4G,

==== About PDX-OSGeo – Portland Area and Oregon OSGeo Chapter====

The PDX-OSGeo chapter of OSGeo has been meeting, discussing and promoting the use of open source geospatial technology since 2009. Chapter members often organize or present on open source software at regional geospatial conferences. PDX is the airport code and like the PDX airport, the group has a wide catchment area.

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