Florence, 1st July 2021. The 16th edition of the annual congress of the Open-Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) – a non-profit organisation supporting and promoting the collaborative development of free and open-source geographic technologies and of open geospatial data. Around one thousand people are going to participate in this international congress, taking place for the first time in Italy.
The annual FOSS4G congress deals with subjects which have recently become extremely interesting and topical, and which had been carried out by the Italian community GFOSS.it since before 2000. Next year, this international convention will finally make its debut in Italy, in Florence, thanks to a precious teamwork brought forward by Firenze Convention Bureau, Firenze Fiera, and AIM Group International, along with GFOSS.it Association, the Italian Chapter of OSGeo, and thanks to the support of the Engineering Department of the University of Florence. The procedures for carrying out the congress (totally live, in hybrid mode, or online) will be decided according to the evolution of the world health emergency and to the possible restrictive measures which might be gradually required by authorities. Bringing the annual OSGeo congress in Florence was possible thanks to a business development activity carried out by Firenze Convention Bureau, which started to work on the bid over two years ago along with Firenze Fiera and AIM Group International, and which had to present no less than three versions of the project, according to the procedures for carrying out the congress – live, hybrid or totally virtual.
“The organising committee, which I represent, is extremely satisfied with the results achieved – a payback for all the efforts we made in these last years” said Luca Delucchi, FOSS4G 2022 Chairman. “This is a present we wish to offer to all our Italian community, which has always been very active in helping spread free geographic software. We are happy that the Florence bid and the co-operation with the other actors of the city such as Firenze Convention Bureau, Firenze Fiera, AIM Group International and the University of Florence, allowed us to prepare a winning proposal and to finally be able to bring this prestigious event to Italy. Now, we have to roll up our sleeves and work hard to best organise this conference and all its related activities. We are confident that the 2022 congress experience will be surely a memorable one”.