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State of the Map US 2020

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05 Nov 2020

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08 Nov 2020


Student Union, University of Arizona, Tucson AZ

Join fellow OpenStreetMap enthusiasts at the State of the Map US in Tucson! Hosted this year by the University of Arizona, there will be opportunities for networking, learning, socializing and more! 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.

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Call for Speakers
CfS opens at 12:00 AM

21 Apr 2020

CfS closes at 12:00 AM

14 Jul 2020

This event is in UTC-07:00 - Arizona time zone.
Closing time in your time zone is .

We are calling on all members of the OpenStreetMap community to share your ideas and session proposals for State of the Map US 2020. Whether you are brand new to OSM or have been a core contributor since the beginning, we want to hear from 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 sessions at State of the Map US are by first-timers. The typical attendee at State of the Map is passionate about maps and interested in your story!

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 [YOUR STATE]
  • Corporate & institutional contributions to OpenStreetMap
  • OSM in the field

If your proposal doesn't fit neatly in there, no worries! Please submit it anyway and surprise us.

The program will include space for keynote speakers, panels, 20 min talks, 5 min lightning talks, 1+ hour workshops, birds of a feather sessions, and there’s even room for improvisational sessions, outdoor activities, and whatever idea you might have. 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 event? Let us know!

Seven years of past programs are online if you’re looking for inspiration: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Want to propose a session but need some financial support to attend? Apply for a scholarship!  

Have questions? You can email us at, chat in the #sotmus channel on Slack, or attend one of the SOTM US live sessions we will be announcing soon here on this blog and via twitter.

We look forward to seeing you in Tucson!

Note that by submitting a session you acknowledge and accept the following:

  • You will cover your own travel expenses and conference registration.
  • Your session may be recorded on video and published on the internet.
  • You have read and will abide by the conference code of conduct.

COVID-19: The State of the Map US Organizing Committee is committed to holding a live conference. Should our conference be impacted, we will look to postpone the event until early 2021 and do not intend to cancel or move to a virtual format. We will be working with our hosts, the University of Arizona, to provide updates over the coming months. Should you be chosen as a scholar and the conference dates change, we will be in touch to make sure you are still available to attend. 

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