You’re invited to propose a session for the annual State of the Map US 2023 conference being held in Richmond, Virginia from June 8 to 11, 2023. State of the Map US is the largest 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 mark our return to the south after 13 years and we especially welcome proposals from local and regional mappers.
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 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!)
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: 2022, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
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!
January 23: Call for Proposals Opens
March 26: Deadline for submissions
April 5: Speakers notified of final decision
April 30: Program Announced
June 8-11: State of the Map US Conference 2023!
Note that by submitting a session you acknowledge and accept the following:
Have questions? We encourage you to join the OSM US Slack & the #sotmus channel or email the program committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you in Richmond!
Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Please download the sponsorship prospectus and contact us at email@example.com.
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