Potential Locations for GOSH 2022

Here’s an update on what the Gathering working group has been up to!
We have a super short timeline to start getting things together (Gathering is set to happen in less than a year!) and so we have been reaching out to lots of communities who might be able to serve as potential hosts. This is extra tricky as we all know, due to differening and changing rules and concerns about Covid and many other issues, but we are making progress!

Several places we talked to have been eager to host but will be unable to next year (for example with groups in Argentina and Sri Lanka).

And so the main groups that we have been making progress about potential hosting abilities with so far have been in:

Bangladesh (with Dhaka fab lab)
Panama (with Fab Lab Eco-studio)
Ann Arbor Michigan, USA (with Maker Works)
Oakland California, USA (with Omni Commons)

Our basic worksheet we have been trying to track this on is here if you want to see more details!

If you are a group that might want to be a host, make sure to contact us IMMEDIATELY! as we will have to be making a decision soon to start progress on the Global Gathering!

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Hi everyone, sharing an update on the location search for GOSH 2022 from the Gathering Working Group meeting last week.

Where we are at with potential hosts

  • Nat is in touch with Greg about Michigan, venues quite inexpensive. The only downside with the US is visa difficulties.
  • Andy found a key contact person from City of Knowledge in Panama who is able to help with logistics. City of Knowledge has housing at the campus and could provide us with some more funding if needed.
  • Bri reported on GOSHers in India who have a venue (in Goa!) but the main issues are visa difficulties (specific conference visa may be needed) and getting transportation for people in India
  • Cameroon, Bangalore and Nepal also options

Short list of remaining venues created

  • Took a vote and decided our current standings for places are 1- Panama 2- Nepal 3- India with 2 spots in the USA as backup

That’s all for now, look forward to what comes next!

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