Last Thursday and Friday was our first local Australian FOSS4G event which was hosted at the CSRIO building in Brisbane. Very big thanks to CSRIO for hosting the event. The venue was setup perfectly for hosting an event like this, including dual projectors for presenting, video calls over to Perth, etc.
The first day was done using a un-conference style of event. This is the first time I’ve been to a un-conference and I liked the format a lot. Once everyone was there on the first morning we collected ideas from people and everyone voted on which ones they would like to see. After we had picked enough topics Shaun and I made a program for the day and we started.
The second day was a code sprint. I worked on converting a MapBasic scripts from one of the guys to QGIS, and Jody enlisted the others to help check the headers of the GeoServer project so that it can finally pass OSGeo incubation.
Overall I think it was a very successful event. I would like to make these a yearly event if we can, provided that we have people to talk, or projects to work on.
More information about up coming OSGeo events in Australia and New Zealand can be found at http://www.meetup.com/osgeo-aust-nz/