State of the Map Africa 2017/Call for venues/Kampala

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State of the Map Africa 2017 - Kampala

Uganda, the pearl of Africa, basking in the beauty of mother nature and home to the most accommodating and welcoming populations across Africa is pleased to submit a bid to host SOTM Africa 2017, in Kampala. Situated at the center of the continent, with a fast growing OpenStreetMap Community and numerous projects going on across the country, Uganda promises to be a favourite destination for this prestigious conference. Kampala is a commercial hub to East African countries, DRC and South Sudan. With many communities across the continent not yet on the map and some major cities not yet well mapped, we believe this conference will build more efforts to put all of this beautiful continent on the map in the next few years.

Skyline of Kampala

Our vision

"Mapping each and every corner of Africa on OpenStreetMap" State of the Map Africa 2017 - Kampala will be an event where we celebrate the beautiful map and its progress in Africa. We plan on bringing together all OpenStreetMap Africa Communities to share their experiences and achievements as we learn from one another to improve OpenStreetMap in Africa. The event will be an opportunity for visitors to experience the local cultural heritage, one of the best on the African continent, as well as a good place to plan a short vacation.

Why Kampala?

Kampala is fast evolving into a gateway to East Africa as well as the African continent. The event in Kampala will be an opportunity for participants to learn how East Africa is embracing and using OpenStreetMap to put many people on the map as well as using it to implement many development programs. We believe Kampala is the best venue for the first ever State of The Map Africa event. Kampala is Uganda's national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa's largest lake. Hills covered with red-tile villas and trees surround an urban centre of contemporary skyscrapers. In this downtown area, the Uganda Museum explores the country's tribal heritage through an extensive collection of artefacts. On nearby Mengo Hill is Lubiri Palace, the seat of the Buganda Kingdom.

Who is the Team?

Our team consists of the core members of the OpenStreetMap Uganda community with a diverse set of backgrounds, two of the members have attended previous State of the Map conferences and can replicate lessons learned to State of the Map Africa 2017. Our set of skills and experience will ensure the first ever State of the Map Africa will be a cost-effective, well run and will create impact that will set a good precedence for future State of the Map Africa Conferences.

Members of the OpenStreetMap Uganda Community currently involved in planning for State of the Map Africa 2017

OpenStreetMap Uganda Community Members
  • David Luswata
  • Douglas Ssebaggala
  • Ketty Adoch
  • Geoffrey Kateregga
  • Emmanuel Adiba
  • Lydia Letaru
  • Deogratias Kigudde
  • Samson Ngumenawe


The best date for SoTM Africa July 08 - 09, 2017 just before the Geo4Africa Conference, also happening in Kampala on July 11 - 14, 2017.


We would like to host the event at a low cost venue to make the event affordable to as many people as possible, the proposed venues for SotM Africa 2017 is Makerere University, ranked the 4th best university in Africa in 2016.

Makerere University, Main Administration Block(main building)

At the time of the proposed dates 8th - 9th the University will be in holidays which makes the venue available.

The proposed venue at Makerere University is College of Engineering Design Art and Technology (CEDAT) which has a conference room that can host 200 people, several rooms that can be used for breakout sessions seating 45 - 60 people as well as ample space for an exhibition area.


Local currency: Ugandan shilling (UGX​). Estimated rate: 3588.22 UGX​ for 1 USD on 12 February 2017 (the actual rate depends on your broker/bank, and additional transaction fees may apply, some international accomodations will accept common foreign currencies).

Items Quantity Unit price (US $) Amount (US $) Comments (US $)
Venue 2 days 500 1000
Catering 200 people 60 1200
Scholarships 20 people 1500 30000 20 people from different African countries
Sound System 2 days 300 600
Pre-conference Marketing 1 1000 1000
Pull up banners 4 100 400
Backdrop banners 2 200 400
Teardrop banners 2 100 200
T shirts 200 20 4000
Conference package 200 10 2000 Program Book, Pen, Name tag
Sticker 1000 0.2 200
Photography & Video coverage 2 days 300 600
Security 1 120 120
Internet data 2 300 600
Cocktail 200 30 6000
Volunteers 10 20 300
Miscellaneous 1 680 680
Total 60000


Below are estimate costs for surrounding hotels:

Hotel Rates for double room per day Address Phone Website
Grand Global Hotel +256 (31) 251 6620
Makerere University Guest House +256 (414) 534 169
+256 (414) 535 703
Kampala Kolping Hotel Bombo Rd, Kampala, Uganda +256 (414) 543 990
+256 (392) 903 465


Air Transport

Entebbe International Airport is situated on the outskirts of Entebbe, on the shores of Lake Victoria. The Airport is around 40km from the capital of Uganda, Kampala. Several international airlines fly to and from Entebbe namely: Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Brussels Airlines, KLM, South African Airways, Kenya Airways, Ethiopian Airways, Fast Jet, RwandAir and Egypt Air.

Road Transport

Uber is the best way to get around Kampala. Download the app and get a ride in minutes.

Friendship Taxi “Special Hire” vehicles: These can be hired to take customers to a specific destination.

Airport Taxi: This is was the ‘Uganda Uber’ before the US knew about Uber. Its reliable, especially from the airport to a destination in and around Kampala.

Taxis “matatus”: The matatus are 14-seater minibuses, often white with blue stripes. They usually drive along predetermined routes.

Safe Boda: These are motorbikes which drop customers at their destinations.

Public buses: These vary from large international buses traveling between Kampala and Nairobi or Dar Es Salaam to seventy-seater buses traveling between the larger towns in Uganda and to and from Kampala.