FOSS4G 2011 sponsorship off to a flying start

We've had a great early response from sponsors for FOSS4G. If you're considering sponsoring, remember that we are offering a 10% discount for sponsors who sign up and pay by the end of January. For the most up to date list of sponsors, and links to their sites, check our sponsor page. But at the time of writing we have 11 sponsors already signed up: ESRI (platinum), Google and OpenGeo (gold), MapQuest (silver), and GeoCat, GeoIQ, GeoSolutions, Korem, MapGears, Metaspatial, and Spatial Networks (bronze).

Thanks to all our sponsors for their generous support!

Sponsorship details available!

We now have sponsorship details sorted out – you can download the brochure here. We are offering a 10% discount for any sponsors who commit by the end of January.

Update: we received feedback from several people that this year's sponsor benefits offered fewer conference passes than last year's. This was a mistake and we have updated the brochure to bring this benefit in line with last year.

We have a logo!

 We used crowdspring to design a logo for the conference and were very pleased with the quality of the entries that were submitted.  After a public poll in which we received over 800 total votes, we chose the following entry as the winner:

FOSS4G 2011 Logo

FOSS4G venue preview

Now that wherecamp5280 is out of the way for this year, I'm getting excited about organizing FOSS4G 2011 here in Denver next September (in case you missed the news, I'll be the conference chair). This will be a rather larger event - we're expecting 1000 or so attendees.

I walked down to the Sheraton in downtown Denver the other day to take some pictures for marketing purposes (for the web site and brochures, etc), and I really think it's going to be a great venue for the conference. Here are some pics ...

ebatty - View my 'Sheraton Denver' set on Flickriver

All the conference sessions will be within the hotel itself, and a large new bar connected to the hotel lobby is nearing completion, which will have 130 different beers on tap (I will try to do my conference chair's duty and sample all of them once it opens, later in December!). So that should all be conducive to great socializing and networking. Right across the street there's an excellent assortment of reasonably priced "fast but fresh" food places, so loads of convenient food options very close by, though of course the conference will be well catered! Plus there are literally hundreds of bars and restaurants within walking distance - the location gets an outstanding score of 95 for walkability at walkscore.