From August 13th – 19th Dennis & Kerst flew to Boston to take part in the annual FOSS4G conference –  thanks GEOLYTIX!

It was a week full of presentations and talking to GIS people from around the world: there were over 1.100 participants from 48 nations! Below are some impressions from our time in Boston…

Before Dennis’ first workshop we had some time to explore Boston…

…visiting the MIT…

 

…, being inspired…

 

…and saying ‘hello’ to John Harvard at Harvard Yard.

The following day was full of workshops: Dennis talked about

Hex bin layers from raster and vector sources with PostGIS

in the morning and

Hex bin data from PostGIS as dynamic multivariate themed maps with Leaflet or OpenLayers on a Node.js backend

in the afternoon.

Finally the conference kicked off at the World Trade Center:

 

The main conference hall was packed to listen to Paul Ramsey talk about “Why We Code”

 

Over the next two and a half days we attended as many talks as we could…

Monsanto & Boundless contribution to the open source community enabling fine grain entitlement for  open source geospatial cloud systems (Geoserver) and desktop applications (QGIS) … The role of open source geospatial software for market research in natural resources … Extending PostGIS with Python … Discovering the world of open data … The UN OpenGIS Initiative … Big Data at the heart of open geospatial innovation…Extracting building information from remotely sensed imagery … Making money and building a business with Open Source Geospatial Technology: What works today? What will work in the future? 

Maps continued to follow us to the social BBQ event outside the conference center…

 

More talks on Thursday:

Coding as a first resort .. .A journey through R for Geo … Live Drone Map – An automatic real-time UAV mapping solution … Imaging the earth every day … MapBox GL: How vector maps work … Fake maps – very dishonest … Visualization and analysis of active transportation patterns derived from public webcams … Free Software: Freedom, Privacy, Sovereignty

On Thursday night there was a gala event at the New England Aquarium – talking GIS next to sea life…

…taking the boat from the conference center to the aquarium…

 

… high 5 from an ancient turtle…

 

…can you spot the Anaconda?

The last day of the conference…

What defines a neighborhood? … Processing imagery from the world’s largest fleet of satellites … Exploring location data services through SQL … Falsehoods programmers believe about time and space … Big weather data, all about partitions and precipitation … Indexes in geo-temporal data sets … How much is enough?

 

We look back at FOSS4G 2017 as a great event that gave us the opportunity to meet fantastic GIS people from all over the world. For next year we are looking forward to attending FOSS4G in Dar es Salaam!