We are very proud to complete the final bid questions, and to share all
of our FOSS4G vision with you, for 2020, in Halifax.
We have been working very hard on this bid, for a long time now, with
our first letters of support coming in July; we are so appreciative of
the overwhelming support shown through 52 letters, from OSGeo and
industry members from all over (https://foss4g.ca/letters-of-support/).
Today we realized that an important meeting with our partners, where we
discussed this vision, happened exactly one year ago this week. We have
went on to assemble an unbelievably strong and experienced planning
team, that spans all of North America: members from Mexico, United
States, and Canada; as well as bringing together 3 OSGeo local chapters:
Ottawa, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada.
You will notice that our planning team, as named in our initial Letter
of Intent, has not changed at all; we have the right mix of chemistry,
experience, and community knowledge. This is a strong team, who had
several face-to-face local committee meetings BEFORE August, long before
a public mention of a possible RFP release, we were all so excited to
get moving on this. And, we are so glad we did.
As co-chairs, we are also proud to be strong representatives of Canada,
one being French speaking and one English speaking. We are also proud
of our diversity, and we are thrilled to already begin working with the
GeoChicas on a diversity and inclusion track for FOSS4G-HFX (see support
letter https://foss4g.ca/letters-of-support/#geochicas )
Karine and I are very proud of the HFX team. Each and every member has
played a big part in how we got here today, and deserves thanks.
So we will end this Q/A round by thanking each FOSS4G-HFX team member by
name, for their outstanding passion and commitment over the past year.
In no order:
This is not the end, but the start, the start of something magical.