OSGeo's theme is "User Driven" and Governments are a big geospatial
user, so this conference has a strong focus on you. Your agency will
have a lot to gain by having employees rub shoulders with the best Open
Source developers in the world, and having them help solve your
problems in real time. So what can a Government agency do to promote
Shape program. Have representatives involved in the
conference organisation and setting of the program. Ensure the program
includes issues of relevance to your organisation.
Provide presentations. Present case studies and
research. This will encourage other agencies to follow in your
footsteps which will increase sponsorship in your technologies.
Send attendees. I've heard of one organisation offering
a trip to FOSS4G as a price.
Supply Labs. Computer labs are very popular as they
give people the chance to get their hands dirty trying out the latest
technology. You may have access to computers which can be made
Live CD. Effective use of labs require a common
environment which can be installed easily and used by all. Development
or sponsorship of this would be an excellent contribution which long
Promotion. Promote FOSS4G through your organisation and
Sponsorship. Have your name associated with the
conference through sponsorship or in kind contribution.