As the dust settled on FOSS4G UK 2016 which was held at the Ordnance Survey’s Business Centre in Southampton between 14th and 16th June, Astun Technology can be happy with its involvement with what turned out to be a very successful event.
FOSS4G UK 2016 was a great example of what makes the Free and Open Source Software community such a remarkable one. It is largely down to the people involved – the organisers, the sponsors, the speakers, academics, and of course those who spent their money and turned up.
FOSS4G UK 2016 consisted of 3 days of maps and open source with 35 talks, 13 workshops, an ‘unconference’, a hack, a codesprint, a party and of course 170 delegates. Astun was one of the event sponsors. The team which helped to organise and run the event included the following Astun staff, Steven Feldman, Aileen Heal, Andrew Bailey, Antony Scott, Ian Turton, Matt Walker, Simon Chapman, William Allbrook, and last but certainly not least Jo Cook who was the Conference Chair. Astun staff also made presentations and led workshops.
Jo Cook, Conference Chair - photo courtesy Steven Feldman
Aileen Heal and Ian Turton at FOSS4G UK 2016 - photo courtesy Steven Feldman
Asking around, the overall impression was that the combination of talks and workshops worked well and enabled some delegates to justify their attendance on the basis of skills development alone. It was also a community event and one that will contribute to wider sharing, more co-working and better software that everyone can benefit from.
As for Astun we were delighted to help out and participate in such a great event.