Join Us At Fulcrum Live!

May 17, 2017 by Bryan McBride

Update: Tickets to Fulcrum Live are SOLD OUT! Stay tuned for more updates & announcements from the conference on our blog!

Fulcrum Live is an all day event co-located with the International Conference for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G). Join Team Fulcrum, our partners, and user community on Tuesday, August 15th in Boston, MA for a full day of presentations, case studies, technical talks, and networking! Located at the Boston Seaport and World Trade Center, this fast-paced single day event runs the day before the FOSS4G sessions and is free for conference attendees!

Fulcrum Live

Why FOSS4G?

The annual FOSS4G conference is the single largest global gathering of developers, users, decision-makers and observers focused on open source geospatial software. As I mentioned in a previous post, it’s a full week of workshops, presentations, discussions, and networking, with a solid reputation for quality speakers and good fun. FOSS4G conferences have been held all across the globe and typically draw attendees from over 40 countries. Each conference offers a unique experience, guided by the Local Organizing Committee and influenced by the host city. Boston 2017 promises to continue this tradition with exciting new opportunities for attendees, speakers, and particularly sponsors.

At the 2015 FOSS4G North America conference in San Francisco, Michael Terner, Executive Vice President at AppGeo, gave the talk, Five years of geo Open Source evolution in a commercial setting: projects and the business ecosystem. In his talk, Mr. Terner highlighted how his abstract was initially rejected by the program committee, citing “lack of belief there was interest in the ‘business of open source topic’”. He argued that while FOSS4G certainly has it’s roots as a “technical conference”, it has also evolved to encompass more talks on what is actually being done with FOSS4G tools and interest in the business of open source. Fulcrum (along with Mapbox, CARTO, and Planet Labs) were cited as innovative cloud-based PaaS and SaaS companies that support and are powered by open source technologies.

Fast forward two years and Terner is now the Conference Chair for FOSS4G 2017. The list of sponsors certainly reflects a successful group of companies building products and services on open source geospatial technology and the business track is packed with excellent presentation topics. Fulcrum is built on many of the open source software libraries and utilities championed at FOSS4G and we committed to sponsoring this years’ event back in January. Our sponsorship not only helps support the technology our platform depends on, but it has enabled us to hold our own event, co-located with the conference. We are now putting out the call to the entire Fulcrum user community to come and join us in Boston!

FOSS4G Boston

Fulcrum Live Event

In the six years since launching Fulcrum, we’ve experienced tremendous growth across the board. Our team has expanded, the product has evolved, and our user base has grown right alongside us. We’ve got some exciting features in the works and our community of users continue to amaze us with what they’ve been able to accomplish by leveraging Fulcrum. Now is the perfect time to come together, meet the team, share some success stories, and chart the course forward!

We’ve outlined a tentative schedule for Fulcrum Live and are continuing to book engaging speakers from across the community. We will have 11 Fulcrum representatives available to answer questions or meet one-on-one to discuss business, partnerships, engineering, services, Community, or anything else you may be interested in. Our booth will be staffed during the FOSS4G sessions, so you can stop by any time and say hi or schedule a meeting at your convenience.

In addition to the Fulcrum Live event, we plan on officially introducing our new Fulcrum Community initiative at FOSS4G. Community enables rapid deployment of the Fulcrum platform for collecting open data related to humanitarian events and other large scale non-commercial crowdsourcing tasks. Qualified projects are provisioned quickly and made available free of charge.

Whether you are a longtime Fulcrum user or are just starting to explore the world of mobile field data collection, please join us in Boston for this unique event! If you are into GIS or open source software, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to attend this years’ FOSS4G conference. Our hope is to introduce folks from our Fulcrum family to the broader geospatial community while also introducing the Fulcrum platform to FOSS4G attendees.

About the author

Bryan is a software engineer with Fulcrum, and works with our web and backend platform.

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