Earlier in the year I wrote a blog post about having had my abstract accepted for the FOSS4G conference. Well before I knew it September had arrived and with a partially written talk on customer engagement in hand I was hopping on a plane bound for Portland and FOSS4G.
After a 27 hour trip through Brisbane and Los Angeles I arrived in Portland, after an afternoon of recovery I was straight into a GeoServer in production workshop the next morning. We use GeoServer extensively at Gaia Resources, so picking up some performance tips was really useful.
Day three saw the start of the main conference and as is the case with most large conferences, there are many concurrent sessions – so it is impossible to get to everything. Fortunately the entire conference was both recorded and live streamed, which is allowing me to catch up on some of the sessions I missed while writing this post.
The video from my talk is embedded below and all the other talks from the conference are available here:
There is a lot to try to summarise from the conference, and I’m still digesting that. The quality of the speakers was extremely high, but there were a few talks that I particularly enjoyed (each dot point links to their video presentation):
- How Simplicity Will Save GIS – Vladimir Agafonkin
- “The Toolmaker’s Guide” — Mike Bostock
- The Manager’s Guide to PostGIS — Paul Ramsey
If I put my environmental hat on there is a lot to like about Portland. There is a big focus on public transport, we were able to easily get anywhere we wanted to go using the super useful and cheap light rail system. The other thing I really liked was the focus on sustainability, everywhere we went (including FOSS4G itself) there were recycling and compost bins.
I went in to FOSS4G with high expectations and looking back I don’t think I was disappointed, the combination of a well organised conference with great speakers would definitely have me going back if I get the chance. From here I’ll be spending the next couple of weeks catching up on the talks I missed and digesting all the things I saw, and will follow up with a series of posts on different aspects in the near future.