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State of the Map US 2023

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8 Jun 2023

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11 Jun 2023


Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Join fellow OpenStreetMap enthusiasts at the State of the Map US 2023! From June 8-11, we will gather at the modern downtown campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. 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. 

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Call for Speakers
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20 Jan 2023

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26 Mar 2023

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We are calling on all members of the OpenStreetMap community to share your ideas and session proposals for the 11th State of the Map US. 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 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.

This year we are featuring five tracks! Recreation, Civic Tech, Tools & Data, Equity & Inclusion and General. But, 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 in recreation - hiking, biking, water sports?
  • 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 talks: 2022, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Want to propose a session but need some financial support to attend? Applications for scholarships are open until March 8!

Have questions? You can email us at or chat in the #sotmus channel on Slack.

We look forward to seeing you in Richmond!

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

  • You will cover your own travel expenses and conference registration. Speakers will be able to register at the early bird ticket rate.
  • Your session may be recorded on video and published on the internet.
  • You have read and will abide by the OpenStreetMap US Code of Conduct.