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State of the Map US 2022 - Help OpenStreetMap US Celebrate 10 Years!

You’re invited to propose a session for the annual State of the Map US 2022 conference being held in Tucson, Arizona from April 1 to 3, 2022. State of the Map US is the biggest and best gathering of OpenStreetMap community members from across the country, and we would love for you to participate!

Whether you are brand new to OSM or a core contributor, we want to hear from you. Do you want to host a workshop to share your mapping or technical expertise with fellow mappers? Are you interested in discussing an OpenStreetMap related topic in depth with like-minded folks? Do you want to do an outdoor mapping event? Let us know! This year’s conference will be our first conference in the southwest and we especially welcome proposals from local and regional mappers. We will be holding a few live, virtual Q&A sessions over the coming weeks should you want to talk about your idea before submitting or hear more about speaking at the conference.

Session Formats & Topics

The program will include space for keynote speakers, panels, 15 minute talks, 5 minute lightning talks, 1+ hour workshops, birds of a feather topics, and there’s even room for improvisational sessions and outdoor activities. Our goal is to not only feature speakers but also include more time for organic participation from all attendees. We also hope to feature a few virtual sessions from speakers who cannot travel to the US and a series of sessions in Spanish. Please indicate in the application if you’d be interested in presenting virtually. We invite proposals about anything OpenStreetMap, including but not limited to:

  • OpenStreetMap basics and how to’s
  • Mapping all the things (rails! trees! shops! trails! boundaries! imports!)
  • Indigenous mapping
  • OSM at your school, in education
  • Demo that cool tool you built for OSM
  • OpenStreetMap and government
  • User experiences - how have you been using OSM data?
  • Community experiences, such as stories from you local OSM group
  • The state of the map in [FILL IN YOUR STATE]
  • Corporate & institutional contributions to OpenStreetMap
  • OSM in the field

Don’t worry if your idea doesn’t fit neatly in these categories. Please submit it anyway and surprise us!

Need some inspiration? Check out past year’s programs: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Who should submit an idea?

You! 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 speakers at State of the Map US are given by first-timers. The typical SOTMUS attendee is passionate about maps and surely interested in your story!

Want to propose a session but need some financial support to attend? Applications for scholarships will open soon!

Timeline & Deadlines

  • October 15: Call for Proposals Opens
  • December 17: Deadline for submissions
  • February 1: Speakers notified of final decision
  • February 11: Program Announced
  • April 1-3: State of the Map US Conference 2022!

Have questions? Email us at sotmus@openstreetmap.us or chat in the #sotmus channel on Slack.

We look forward to seeing you in Tucson!

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Please download the sponsorship prospectus and contact us at sponsors@stateofthemap.us.

Propose a session for State of the Map US 2022, Tucson AZ!

COVID-19 We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable conference. We will follow any federal, state and local regulations related to COVID-19 that are in effect at the time, as well as any CDC recommendations that apply to an event like SOTM US. As we get closer to the event date, we will inform you about any requirements and restrictions that follow from that.

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