1. What do you like most about your role as Community Chair?
I love the opportunity to think creatively about ways to bring attendees together beyond the conference sessions. A great conference is more than just a collection of presentations. We wanted to make sure there’s a lot of opportunity to connect and chat with other folks. Luckily, Raleigh is a great, accessible, small-scale city that’s perfect for short walks or impromptu beers. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to explore the city, eat some fantastic southern food and make some new friends.
2. What can attendees expect to take from the conference?
Attendees can expect a stellar program filled with rich and innovative talks that highlight some of the most impressive work happening in our community. Everyone can also expect to have some great conversations with passionate members of our community and discover opportunities to collaborate on a new project. At a future FOSS4G event, I’d love to see a bunch of talks that sprung out of ideas discussed over coffee at FOSS4G NA 2016.
3. What are you most excited to see at FOSS4G NA 2016?
I’m really looking forward to the keynote talk by Tamar Cohen of NASA. There are a lot of other fantastic sessions at the conference like a workshop featuring NCSU’s Tangible Landscapes project and a discussion of grassroots data collection techniques but I’m also looking forward to all the fun extracurricular stuff happening at the conference!