Panel: Building Community - how to start and maintain a healthy and engaged community
10-18, 16:00–16:40 (Pacific/Auckland), Plenary

The existence of Free and Open Source Geospatial Software relies on its Community. Yet, the challenge persists: how can we accomplish this when our lives are filled with constant busyness? Join us to hear insights from our Community Leaders about initiating and nurturing a vibrant and active community.

Come together to focus our collective intelligence on making our Community better. We expect a lively exchange between our panelists and our audience. We will have Slido set up for you to submit your questions anonymously or you can ask from the floor, just signal to one of our volunteers to bring the mic to you.
Afterwards, stay for the entertainment of the all-in lightning talks!
Facilitator: Eli Puccioni

Elisa a senior GIS analyst and DBA with over 18 years of experience in GIS and database administration. She has been working with most of the proprietors and open-source GIS packages and recently moved all her company's spatial databases from MSSQL to PostgreSQL server, a feat that she's not looking to repeat soon!

Elisa was born in Italy and moved to New Zealand in 2008, where she currently resides.
She is a great supporter of GIS open-source software as she strongly believes that everybody should be able to know and use GIS, especially people belonging to minority groups or living in remote areas. For this reason, she's got involved with the OsGeo Oceania community, serving as board member for two years, and currently happily distributing its money to the community by running the Grant and TGP programs.

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