Frecuently Asked Questions
When and Where
When will the conference take place?
The conference will take place from September 27 to October 2, 2021.
Where will the Conference take place?
In the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The event will take place in two nearby buildings. The University of Buenos Aires Law School and The Buenos Aires Convention Center, located in the Recoleta neighborhood. For more information, go to Conference venue.
What about the pandemic?
Given all the cancelled conferences during 2020, you may be wondering if FOSS4G 2021 is going to be hosted online or take place face-to-face. The OSGeo board will make that decision during the second quarter of 2021, based on international travel restrictions, W.H.O. recommendations, and the input from the organizing committee.
At this moment, we hope to meet you all in Buenos Aires.
What happens with my ticket if the event is finally hosted online?
If the event is finally hosted online and you already had your ticket for the conference, you will be offered a refund, according to the Cancellation Policy.
Are the presentations going to be recorded and made publicly available?
Our main goal is to foster FOSS4G, and that means also making all the presentations available even to people that didn’t registered on first place.
Are you going to stream the event?
We are going to make all recordings available afterwards.
Have you considered an hybrid online-face to face event?
We have considered it carefully and discarded the idea.
An hybrid event would be a step further than just streaming content. The network bandwidth required for a proper hybrid event (streaming out and receiving the feedback and questions from remote attendees in real time) would be too much for the network connection available at the venue. The cost of getting such bandwidth would be prohibitive for us.
Also, the extra effort in work and budget required to properly host a hybrid event without making the remote attendees part of a secondary category goes far beyond our possiblities.
How do I sign up to attend the Conference?
Registrations and ticket purchases will be made through an online system. For more information visit our Register section.
How do I sign up for workshops?
Each workshop can be purchased as an individual ticket. They will be on sale once the schedule has been published. We recommend registering as soon as possible.
How do I know if there is space for the workshops?
On the registration page you will be able to see the options and how many places are still available. The space in the training rooms is limited, so we can only offer a limited number of tickets.
I signed up for a workshop, what do I do now?
It will be necessary to bring a laptop to participate in the workshops since they are totally practical, do not forget it!
We also recommend bringing an extension cord and a multi-outlet, since access to plugs is limited and everyone needs power at some point. Although WiFi will be available, we recommend downloading the needed software before leaving for the venue.
If I already bought my ticket, how can I get an invoice / receipt for my payment?
If you already bought your ticket, the receipt will be sent to you by email.
The invoices will be made by Geolibres Asociación Civil. During the purchase process, the data for billing can be completed, such as the company name to which it is addressed and the tax ID number. Make sure the data is correct because once the ticket is purchased and the invoice is generated, it cannot be corrected.
I am not dedicated to geomatics, can I attend the Conference?
Yes, the conference is open to any public interested in geomatics, free software, maps and communities.
If I don’t develop or write code, is this conference for me too?
Yes, this event is for all kinds of people interested in sharing experiences about maps, from developers who write code to users of geomatics software, people who make decisions, researchers, students and anyone who wants to learn, share and meet like minded people.
Can I go without registration?
No, you must be previously registered, since we will not make registrations or handle money throughout the event.
I need a certificate of my attendance at the event, will they be delivered?
Yes. We will be sending certificates after the end of the event via email. We ask for your patience, we will do our best to get it to you as soon as possible.
What is included in the ticket?
The cost of the conference ticket includes admission to all the main tracks (excluding workshops), lunch, coffee breaks, Ice Breaker and Gala Dinner.
A printed program will not be included, given our commitment to reduce waste.
You can see the details of online activities on our website, on the posters in each room and on the event screens.
I have problems with the payment. What do I do?
Check our payment and registration faq
What can I expect
What activities will the Conference have?
The conference will have tracks full of talks, workshops and codeprint activities. On the social side, we will host a Geochicas meeting, as well as other social events like: Pubrace, Ice Breaker and Gala Dinner.
Will there be WiFi during the event?
We will deliver the best possible quality connection, but as there will be many users at the same time, please connect only one device at a time (laptop or cell phone) and be mindful of its use.
Will you deliver T-shirts or conference material?
This year, t-shirts would be sold separately from the ticket, reducing the ticket price and the amount of waste. You can buy event branded shirts in our store. All profit from the sale of the shirts will go to the Travel Grant Program (https://2021.foss4g.org/register/travel-grant-program.html).