OpenStreetMap US

You’re invited to propose a session for the annual State of the Map US 2023 conference being held in Richmond, Virginia from June 8 to 11, 2023. 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!

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 mark our return to the south after 13 years and we especially welcome proposals from local and regional mappers. 

Session Formats & Topics

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. 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 [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 programs: 2022, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Who should submit an idea?

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 speakers at State of the Map US are given by first-timers. The typical SOTMUS attendee is passionate about maps and surely interested in your story!

Want to propose a session but need some financial support to attend? Applications for scholarships will open soon!

Timeline & Deadlines

  • January 23: Call for Proposals Opens

  • March 26: Deadline for submissions

  • April 5: Speakers notified of final decision

  • April 30: Program Announced

  • June 8-11: State of the Map US Conference 2023!

Propose a session for State of the Map US 2023, Richmond, VA!

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.

Have questions? We encourage you to join the OSM US Slack & the #sotmus channel or email the program committee at

We look forward to seeing you in Richmond!

Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Please download the sponsorship prospectus and contact us at

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State of the Map US 2023

The 11th State of the Map US conference took place at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

State of the Map US

The annual State of the Map US conference is the largest gathering of OpenStreetMap community members from across the country. Come meet the people who create, analyze, and use OpenStreetMap with several days of talks, workshops, and social events. It’s the best party in mapping.