This weekend the annual gathering of the US OpenStreetMap community State of the Map US kicks off in Seattle. We’re looking forward to having you for three days of talks, conversations, hacking on software and mapping all around building the open source map of the world.

We’re honored to have GeoLadies unofficially and in style kick off State of of the Map US with a social at Ada’s Books & Café on Friday at 4.30PM. On Friday night, join us for drinks and a round of bocce at the Rhein Haus. We’ll be there from 7:30PM on and look forward to hanging out with you.

Registration starts at 8AM on Saturday morning at the student center of Seattle University.

Be there latest by 8.30 to make sure to catch the kick off session starting at 9AM. OpenStreetMap US president Alyssa Wright is going to get us started into the day and Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation will give the first keynote. After a day of talks and conversations we’ll raise a glass at 6PM in the university’s Campion Hall and continue later at 8PM at the Flat Stick Pub.

On Sunday we start our second day of talks at 9AM with a keynote by Dale Kunce, the American Red Cross geospatial lead and vice president of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. On Monday, join us for a jam packed day of workshops, hacking and mapping activities. You’ll enjoy this year’s program: There are 2 keynotes, 40 talks, 2 lightning talk sessions, 12 workshops and countless impromptu events and hack sessions. This is the contribution of everyone in this community and we’re excited and thankful for the amazing participants at this conference.

You’re at the center at this conference and we’re looking forward to your active involvement. Each session is open for questions and every day in the morning, you can reserve rooms for Birds of a Feather Sessions, inviting attendees to focused discussions and breakout sessions on the topics you care most about.

Check out the full program on stateofthemap.us.

Like every year we provide simple and clear ground rules to ensure an open and friendly environment for each and every one of us - give them a quick read.

That’s it! We’re looking forward to having you. If you have any questions or suggestions on how we can make this an even better event drop us a line.

See you in Seattle!

Your State of the Map US organizing team.

PS: Don’t have a ticket yet? Get one before we book out!

Photo: Calvin Marquess.

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