Auckland is abuzz with excitement after securing the winning bid to host the prestigious Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G) Conference in 2025. This global event, attracting leading minds in open geospatial technology from around the world, will be a landmark occasion for the city, New Zealand and the wider Oceania region.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be chosen as the host city for FOSS4G 2025,” exclaims Simon Nitz, Co-Chair of the FOSS4G Auckland 2025 Local Organizing Committee. “Auckland is a dynamic hub for geospatial innovation, and we’re committed to creating a diverse and inclusive conference experience that fosters collaboration and pushes the boundaries of open geospatial solutions.“

FOSS4G Auckland 2025 promises a unique and impactful event, featuring:

  • A Warm Welcome: The open geospatial community in Oceania have been running local and regional events since 2009 and regional FOSS4G Oceania conferences since 2018, and are excited to welcome our friends from around the world into our family
  • Sustainability at the Forefront: The conference will prioritise eco-friendly practices, with carbon offset initiatives and a venue at AUT that actively follows sustainable practices.
  • A Showcase of Kiwi Ingenuity: Attendees will gain valuable insights into New Zealand’s thriving geospatial sector, a leader in utilizing FOSS4G tools for open data collaboration, land and title management, and much more.
  • Unforgettable Experiences Beyond the Conference: Participants can explore Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland’s breathtaking natural wonders and immerse themselves in its rich cultural tapestry.

“Hosting the global FOSS4G conference in Auckland 2025 presents a fantastic opportunity to connect, share knowledge, and to learn from others working in our open geospatial community,” says Alex Leith, Co-Chair of the FOSS4G Auckland 2025 Local Organizing Committee.

“I’m so pleased that Auckland has been chosen for hosting the international FOSS4G conference in 2025. The local organizing committee has already done an impressive job in securing an exceptional venue, gathering a vibrant team of skilled volunteers from our community, and ensuring that the conference will reflect our values of inclusivity, sustainability and good mojo. I’m really looking forward to welcoming the international community to our corner of the world!” says Elisa Puccioni, Chair of OSGeo Oceania.

Ken Pereira, Head of Business Events at Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB), says that business events attract high-value visitors and offer an opportunity to showcase the region’s appeal as a host for inspiring and sustainable events.

“Hosting FOSS4G will bring 600 delegates from around the world to Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, contributing an estimated $1.3 million to the regional economy. Beyond these tangible economic benefits, the conference highlights Auckland’s expertise in the geospatial field, drawing leading experts to our destination and further enhancing our capabilities. I’m incredibly proud of the efforts by the Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) and Tourism New Zealand’s Business Events team.”

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