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Connect 2020

This free, virtual event is a celebration of our community and all things OpenStreetMap. Connect 2020 will include an informal Mappy Hour Thursday evening, a scheduled half day of talks on Friday, and a day of workshops, birds of a feather sessions and mapathons on Saturday. We hope to make this an annual gathering that enables people from across the country to learn about OpenStreetMap and network with fellow mappers through a combination of curated and community-led dialog. Interested in participating in the event? Submit a talk proposal, facilitate a Saturday session, or sign up to volunteer.


The event will be free to attend, but we welcome donations in any amount. Please register using this form. By registering, you also agree to abide by the OpenStreetMap US Code of Conduct.


Join for three days packed with talks, workshops, hacking, mapping parties and networking all around OpenStreetMap.


Network with fellow mappers at an informal Mappy Hour from 8:00pm to 9:00pm ET


2:00pm Welcome to Connect 2020, OpenStreetMap US Leadership Team
2:15pm OSMUS Community Chronicles: Exploring the growth and patterns of mapping in OSM in North America (Jennings Anderson); Ethical Mapping (Erica Hagen); OpenHistoricalMap (Jeff Myer); TeachOSM (Steven Johnson); Winds of Change in the OSM Foundation, Part Deux (Allan Mustard)
3:00pm Reinventing the Wheel (Emily Eros & Russ Biggs); Transit Pedestrian Connectivity (Evan Siroky); A/B Street: a traffic simulation game built on OSM (Dustin Carlino); Arrive in 800 kilometers: Ground-truth-based road quality findings in 30 US metros (Clare Corthell); Digitize & Manage Your Roads: How RoadBotics Creates Road Data (Lisa McCune-Noll)
3:30pm Crowd2Map: Lessons learnt from 5 years mapping rural Tanzania to fight FGM (Janet Chapman); Coordination between YouthMappers (Joel Odango); Multilingual name tags in the United States (Brandon Liu); Stopping the spread of COVID-19: Simple, printable maps of hand-washing stations (Nicole Martinelli)
4pm Panel: Public/Private Collaborations around OSM - Past and Future
4:30pm MapRoulette (Martijn van Exel); Advancements in JOSM tools, validation checks & auto-fixes using Java Topology Suite (JTS) (Milla Zagorski); iD Editor (Quincy Morgan); COVID & Catastrophe Mapping with Street-Level Imagery (Janine Yoong); What’s happening at MapWithAI? (Danil Kirsanov); A Satellite in Your Pocket: Using Ground Based Action Cameras to Create Aerial Perspectives for OSM Editing (Sean Gorman)
5:00pm Break
5:10pm OSM & Wikidata using Sophox (Minh Nguyễn); Using Street-Level Imagery to Save Cyclists(David Greenwood); Digital Elevation Models for Coastal Hazard Preparedness (Mark Rankin); Redistricting and Gerrymandering with Open Data (Nick Doiron); Spot the Box (Russ Biggs); Open Street Art (Bond Harper)
5:45pm Closing speakers and ceremonies, OSM US Connect 2020 Organizing Team
6pm to 7pm Costume Contest! It IS Halloween weekend after all! So don your favorite hat or mask and join the fun (keep in mind others will only see you from your shoulders up!) At the end of the Friday sessions participants will have a chance to network & vote for a winner.


10:30am to 12pm Birds of a Feather: OSM’s role in promoting social equity (Ariel Kadouri) OHM Birds of a Feather (Jeff Myer) Mapping Mobility in NYC: Mapathon of Sidewalks and Crossings in Flushing, Queens, NY (Daniel Solow) Birds of a Feather: JOSM Tips (Alan Bragg) OSM US Charter Project Info Session 11am-12pm
12pm to 1pm Birds of a Feather: OSM US: Looking Ahead w/ OSM US Leadership (the only session in this time slot)      
1pm to 2:30pm Birds of a Feather: OSM in Government (Derald Dudley & Greg Matthews) Mapping to help protect girls from Female Genital Mutilation in Tanzania (Janet Chapman) RapiD Workshop (Danil Kirsanov) Birds of a Feather: Microcosms to support communities (Brian DeRocher) Open Slot - Your name here
2:30pm to 4pm Birds of a Feather: How do we know what we know? (Jennings Anderson) Office hours: Get help editing the OSM Wiki and Wikidata (Minh Nguyễn) Mapping with YouthMappers (Patricia Solis) Birds of a Feather with TeachOSM (Steven Johnson) Open Slot - Your name here

More info on the wiki page.

Your financial support helps keep events like Connect 2020 free and accessible. Is your company interested in supporting OpenStreetMap US? Email us at connect@openstreetmap.us and refer to our Sponsor Prospectus for more information.

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

  • TomTom


  • U.S. Department of State’s MapGive Initiative
  • Gaia GPS
  • Kaart

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