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Speak at the OpenStreetMap Conference – The State of the Map

Present your ideas, opinions or project to the world’s largest gathering of OpenStreetMap community members – The State of the Map

Do you have something to say to an audience of mappers, hackers and community activists who have revolutionised the way maps are made and used?

Yes? Then this is your opportunity to speak at The State of the Map 2010 – the largest gathering of OpenStreetMappers in the world – attracting hundreds of members of the OpenStreetMap community from around the world to three days of talks, workshops and discussions.   

Previous speakers at State of the Map conferences have included:

And many, many more great talks like these.

This year the State of the Map is inviting talks, posters and workshops on the following themes:

Mapping for the masses

OpenStreetMap has come a long way in the last 5 years.  But how can we make sure OpenStreetMap continues to grow and thrive for the next 5 years?  “Mapping for the Masses” invites speakers to present about their thoughts, opinions, projects or tools that will help OpenStreetMap grow and help its open map become the richest and most detailed in the world.

Living the map

Maps have long been a source of power, control and wealth in the world.  How is OpenStreetMap’s free map changing the communities that you live in or work with?  What are the social implications of a free and open map in different countries around the world?  How can OpenStreetMap help make the world a better place.

OSM Techtalk

OpenStreetMap has a vibrant community of hackers, systems administrators and app developers whose work keeps OpenStreetMap going and growing.  Maybe you are working on a new OpenStreetMap editor, plugin,  renderer, API or application that you’d like to share with everyone.  If you hang out on OSM-Dev, dream in bash syntax and know OpenStreetMap’s API structure off by heart, this is the place for you to share your knowledge and ideas.

Powered by OpenStreetMap

In the last 12 months, OpenStreetMap powered apps have appeared in app stores and on the web like never before.  More organisations from governments to universities, NGOs, navigation providers and web portals are using OpenStreetMap than every before.  This session invites any users of OpenStreetMap to share their experiences creating OpenStreetMap powered applications and services.

Open Floor

OpenStreetMap moves at a very fast pace.  If you are working on a project or have any idea that doesn’t fit into the themes above, we still want to hear from you.

Who Attends State of the Map?

Last year’s State of the Map attracted 300 attendees for three days of talks and workshops from organisations and companies including:

Sign Up to Give a Talk, Poster of Workshop

Do you have something to talk about at The State of the Map 2010?  This year’s conference will be held in Girona, Spain from the 9th – 11th July.  

Tags: openstreetmap, stateofthemap, sotm10, osm

SotM and FOSS4G combo tickets!!

This year two major Geo conferences (SotM and FOSS4G) will be held in Spain. State of the Map in Girona and FOSS4G in nearby Barcelona.
Given that the two conferences are held in close proximity, both organizing teams are of the opinion that people attending both should have a perk!
Therefore, we are proud to announce a discount to people who sign up for both events!


Forget about complicated options for different combos. This mix ticket discount will allow people attending one conference to enjoy a discount on the other. To put it in another way: if you register for the FOSS4G, you get a discount for SotM10. If you are hesitant to go to the FOSS4G but have already registered for SotM10, you’ll have the early bird price no matter how late you sign up.

Already signed up for FOSS4G? No worries. Those who have already registered for the FOSS4G, will be sent an e-mail detailing how to apply for a SotM ticket with 10% discount.

To get the best deal, register with FOSS4G first; while their early bird is still available. You’ll then get a discount-voucher with which you can get 10% discount on SotM tickets.

If you’re into geo, Spain is definitely the place to be this year!

State of the Map 2010

I wanted to keep the community up to date on happenings with the SOTM committee meetings. Everyone, yes, everyone is welcome to join! Today we had a great meeting with fellow OSMers Ivan Sanchez Ortega, Will King of Geodata Solutions, Emilie Laffray, Richard Weiat just to name a few.

SOTM 2010

We talked about the current bids for 2010: both Spain and Italy are really excited to host the conference! It’s really awesome to see their enthusiasm.

As a committee we’re creating some criteria for the proposed host city. It’s not meant to limit the choices, but more help decide the best location. This makes everything very transparent and also lets unsuccessful bids figure out how to do better next time. It also lets SOTM organizers (and the OSM-F Board, if they want) to vote on the bids.

Some criteria could be:

* Easy access by public transport (plane, train, bus) with a maximum of 1.5 hour travel from major airport

* Availability of accommodation close to the venue

* Venue facilities (conference rooms, AV, WiFI, break out areas, right size)

* Venue catering

* Interestingness of the city

* How well the organizing committee will cope with the organization

* Outreach & marketing activities planned by the organizers

* Does the venue make SOTM accessible to a new group of OSMers (as opposed to the same people as last time)

With this in mind, the SOTM committee is extending the bid deadline another two weeks to December 1, 2009 and we will have a decision (drumroll please!) On December 7th.

We’re asking everyone to reach out in your circle of OSM friends to create new proposals. Twitter, FaceBook and the talk lists are just a few examples.

For information on how to write your proposal visit the the OSM wiki site here.