State of the Map 2020

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15 Apr. Call for venues opened.
31 Aug. Extended deadline for call for venues.
22 Sep. Cape Town selected.
30 Oct. Logo presented.
12 Nov. Event website launched.
7 Dec. Starting call for session proposals
18 Jan. Opened scholarship applications
15 Feb. Deadline for scholarship applications.
23 Feb. Deadline for session proposals.
26 Mar. Deadline of call for academic abstracts.
4 May Program announced
4–5 Jul. Main conference days with online presentations and discussions.

Event organisation

State Of The Map 2020 was set to take place in Cape Town, South Africa. Due to the the high infection risk of SARS-COV-2 virus and all its consequences like travel restrictions, cancellation of physical meetings, “social distancing”, and more, a physical SotM was not possible in 2020. Instead it was held as an online conference on 4-5 July 2020. Read the official announcement on the OSM blog for further information.

Conference website:

The key dates/deadlines are shown on the right.

News about SotM at

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Get in touch via Email

Please don’t hesitate to get on board by contacting!

Conference Volunteers

Thanks for all volunteers who helped running the conference smoothly!

We go virtual

Lightning Talks

Do you want to hold a lightning talk during SotM? Registration is here:

Self-organized sessions

During SotM there will be a lot of program around the official talks.

Help for speakers

We prepared a tutorial to help speakers prepare their video:

SotM T-Shirt: Organization of shops

Although we are virtual this year we plan to have a conference t-shirt. The t-shirt won't be included in a ticket price as we won't sell tickets for the virtual conference. So everybody has to buy the t-shirt for themselves. To keep shipping costs low and reasonable we are trying to find shops all over the world. We are organizing this at the wiki page State_of_the_Map_2020/Tshirt shop organization. You cannot buy t-shirts at this shops for SotM yet. As soon as we open the t-shirt sale we will provide this information at the SotM website.


This year's conference booklet is available for download as a PDF.


There are different ways to interact with other participants this year:

Social Media


We opened the channel #osm-sotm-ct on the OFTC IRC server for general SotM related chat and discussions. You can use a dedicated IRC-capable chat application or join through a browsers via this link.


Everybody is welcome to give feedback to SotM 2020 at this page State_of_the_Map_2020/feedback!

Team picture

The team pic is composed of volunteered images and assembled in a random way. Please feel free to edit, improve, update with an image that represents you - be that your profile image, your user name, a cartoon, your cat, whatever you are comfortable with. Please contact indiebio for help on IRC or Telegram.

SotM Online 2020 team image

Community write-ups





We will be seeking sponsors of the online conference, and it's never too early to get in touch about that. Would your company would be interested in supporting OpenStreetMap in this way? Write to for information.

Cape Town - our host city in 2020

Congratulations to Cape Town on winning the hosting bid. This was announced in the closing session at SOTM2019

The University of Cape Town is located here on the map

Checkout the winning hosting bid for more information about Cape Town, and the venue building.

The local team of Cape Town also stays our local team for the virtual SotM!

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