State of the Map US was a whirlwind weekend of learning, meeting new people, catching up with old friends, and talking about how we can improve OpenStreetMap. I hope you’re as energized now as I am. I wanted to share some numbers from the conference.
492 people attended the sold out event, making this the largest gathering ever around OpenStreetMap. This is up from 381 people last year in San Francisco, and 225 in Portland in 2012. This growth is incredible, and the energy at the conference was palpable.
There were 42 sessions, selected from 120+ session proposals. Videos of all sessions and slides are already online. I encourage you to watch any you missed. There were also 25+ Birds of a Feather sessions, one introductory workshop, and two great parties. Monday’s Sprint Day was standing room only, with more than 80 people working throughout the day.
This was the most diverse US conference we’ve seen, with 25% women participants. Additionally 25% of our speakers were women. This is something the OpenStreetMap US community is working hard to improve, with dedicated scholarships for women and events like the #GeoLadies coffee break during the conference. In the end, nine of our 16 scholars were women doing amazing work with OpenStreetMap.
Finally, a big thank you to our 23 sponsors for their support of State of the Map US, our 49 speakers for starting amazing conversations, the 15 volunteers who were in invaluable in making the event a success, and everyone who attended and brought your energy and ideas to the conference.