The Cascadia Users of Geospatial Open Source (CUGOS) was formed in 2007. CUGOS acts as the Cascadia Chapter of the OSGeo Foundation. We are an active group of members who are passionate about open source software, GIS, and our region. We have members from all walks of life, a large spectrum of business and academia, and active OSGeo members (board members, charter members, and active project participants).
It is a non-profit organization in Seattle focused on building a community around open source geospatial tools and practices see also https://cugos.org/about/. CUGOS has been around for nearly 15 years, providing a space for folks to share their work and passion for maps.
This year we’re holding the Spring Fling on April 21-22 2023, a two-day low cost event bringing together academics, professionals, students, and enthusiasts for a series of talks about Pedestrian/Bike/Transit Access, Open Source Geospatial tools, open data, and Social Justice in and beyond the Puget Sound region. The first day will be the main conference day with presentations about open source GIS projects (e.g. such projects might include but are not limited to: QGIS, PostGIS, MapServer, GDAL/OGR and OpenLayers, see also https://www.osgeo.org/projects/), the second day will be a volunteer OpenStreetMap (OSM) Hackathon in conjunction with the OpenSidewalks Project. More information to be added on the web page soon.
For Spring Fling we are are currently putting together the program. If you are interested in giving a presentation head over to our Call for proposals page. The final program will be announced on March 21st and registration (donate as you wish) will open. If in the meantime you are looking for inspiration on what to expect in our program you are welcome to check out the schedules of these previous CUGOS Fling events:
We are also in the process of building these grants from donations from corporate sponsors https://cugos.org/grants/