Applications are now open for State of the Map US scholarships!

We’re extremely excited to be headed back to the Midwest for State of the Map US 2019! The OpenStreetMap US community will be descending on beautiful Minneapolis, Minnesota on September 6-8, and we’d love for you to be there too. We never want cost to prevent someone from coming, which is why we’ve created a number of scholarship options to help defray the cost of attending. So if you are interested in joining the OpenStreetMap community in Minneapolis - keep reading!

OpenStreetMap contributors and enthusiasts will be gathering in Detroit October 5-7 for the annual State of the Map US conference. Want to attend? If you are interested in connecting with the OpenStreetMap US community in Detroit and financial support will make that happen - apply now for a scholarship! No matter where you live, what your interests, or how long you have been involved: we welcome your application!

State of the Map US is meant to build community and facilitate an exchange of ideas around the free and editable map of the world, and thanks to our members and sponsors we are able to offer scholarships and decrease participation costs for all of those are interested in attending. Don’t let travel costs keep keep you from participating!

Deadline: Sunday July 1, 2019

Scholarship Details

This year we are offering a few different types of financial assistance. Perhaps your employer will cover the cost of your ticket but you need help with the travel costs. Maybe you can get yourself to (or are already located in) Minneapolis, but you need to take advantage of our free conference childcare. When you fill out the form, we invite you to select all that apply.

  1. A complimentary ticket to State of the Map US
  2. Up to three nights of accommodation at a nearby hotel (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
  3. Up to $500 toward the cost of your travel
  4. Child Care

In return, OpenStreetMap US asks recipients to help us promote the conference in your communities and on social media.

We also encourage you to consider submitting a talk for the conference. Whether by organizing meetups, making maps, adding data, writing code or documentation, or something else, we’re interested in hearing your story. You can propose a 20 minute talk, a 5 minute lightning talk, or a longer workshop on the same form here. If you have never proposed a topic for a conference before, please don’t think it’s not for you. Every year, about half of the sessions at State of the Map US are by first-timers.

Who is Eligible?

These scholarships are available to anyone, but their purpose is to help those attend who would not have otherwise been able to. We want to make sure that State of the Map US is an event that includes the diversity of the communities we serve—geographically, demographically, experientially, and more. We know that travel costs can be a hardship, and offer these scholarships as a way to help mitigate that. It takes millions of edits to make OpenStreetMap a resource for us all, but it only takes you to make our community unique and special. We value every member, and look forward to receiving your application!

How Do I Apply?

Apply by filling out this form!

Be sure to apply by July 1st, 2019

How Do You Decide Who Will Receive a Scholarship?

The State of the Map US volunteer team reviews all applications. We would like to prioritize scholarships for underrepresented groups. In order to do so, we will ask two strictly optional and confidential demographic questions.

The selection committee will aim to notify scholarship recipients by July 19th, 2019 at the latest.

Questions?

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at scholarships@stateofthemap.us.

Header photo by Tatiana Van Campenhout (CC BY 2.0).

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