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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Proposal for OOoCon 2008

Key Question

In 400 words or less, answer this question: Why is your location and the date you propose the best for OOoCon 2008?

The Dutch native lang project (including the Flemish Region of Belgium) is ready to organize a spectacular OOoCon this year. Our candidature is strongly supported by the Netherlands government that is fully backing ODF with its ambitious action plan The Netherlands in open Connection and by the city of Amsterdam (itself an avid ODF user). The Netherlands (just like Belgium) is a hotspot for ODF and deployments. It is where OpenDoc Society originated, an organisation that now has members in 13 countries. Our proposal is supported by and actively involves the major open standards and open source organisations in The Netherlands.

Mandatory Information

Location (country, city, conference center/university)

Proposed Date(s)

September (23th-26th)

Team Lead (main contact person)

Team Members

Simon Brouwer (Project Lead, Cor Nouws (Marketing and H.C. van der Burg, Luc Castermans, Gustaaf Cuyvers, Jeroen Ghuijs, Ivo ten Hagen, Jo, Leo Moons, Natalie, Jaap van de Putte, Johan Vromans (all active members of the community)

Local events that are taking place in parallel (or right before/after)

Special visa or entry requirements, e.g. vaccinations

Optional Information

Large local deployments (for user keynotes and success stories)

Names of local developers (for developer sessions)

No information supplied

Names of local vendors/partners (potential sponsors)

Potential sponsors: Sun Microsystems, Novell, Atos Origin, Cap Gemini, Gendo, NLnet foundation, IBM, O3 Spaces, RedNose (training), Nou&Off, ATComputing (training), GravityZoo, KOffice source.

Travel costs

Approximate return air fares from: London $169, Paris $287, Rome $278, Beijing 821 EUR, Sydney $2241, New York $957, Hamburg $137, Dublin $301, San Francisco $1104, Cape Town $1287, Tokyo 1185 EUR

Accomodation costs (youth hostel, hotel)

No information supplied

Supplementary Information

The Call for Location states: user feedback from previous conferences suggest that the ideal location will:

  • have a strong local community
  • attract strong sponsor support
  • have a low-cost/free conference centre with conference venues close together
  • have facilities where people can pass the time, socialise, and mingle with other conference delegates close to the conference building(s)
  • have a range of low-cost accomodation with easy/cheap transport to the conference location
  • attract the largest number of community contributers
  • facilitate the attendance of a large number of Sun's developers (who are in Hamburg, Germany)
  • be accessible by cheap flight and train tickets
  • be aligned with a large IT event (e.g. CeBIT, Systems, Comdex)
  • provide low-cost broadband Internet access (e.g. wireless LAN in the rooms)
  • allow for video and audio streaming (e.g. via the support of a company)

Open source / open standards organisations

Support and keynotes: Open Amsterdam, Holland Open, OpenDoc Society, ISOC.


Proposal website

A copy of the proposal in ODF

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