State of the Map U.S. 2020

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The tenth State of the Map U.S. conference that was planned for Tucson, Arizona in November 2020 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, OpenStreetMap U.S. organized an online conference that year, Connect 2020. The next State of the Map U.S. was held in 2022 in Tucson.

June 2020 update regarding COVID-19

With the safety of our community in mind, the committee has decided to postpone the 10th Anniversary State of the Map US. After 4+ long months, COVID-19 continues to transform our lives. At the end of May, the State of the Map US Planning Committee shared an update with our considerations for waiting to make a decision for our November conference. At the time, we were optimistic that we would see national leadership and a way forward emerge, and that we could plan to safely gather at the end of the year. Unfortunately, uncertainty persists and the path forward is not yet clear.

The conference will still be held in Tucson, Arizona, hosted by the University of Arizona. The Committee is currently exploring the possibility of holding a hybrid conference in 2021 with a live track and a virtual track, so that those who cannot attend in person are still able to participate, share their talks, and socialize with those in Tucson.

OpenStreetMap US is exploring the creation of new, virtual events to bring our community together. In the meantime, join one of our many Mappy Hours or find a local event near you!

Stay tuned for more announcements about the 10th Anniversary State of the Map US!

Dates & Schedule


Call for Proposals

Proposals are not open at this time.

Session Formats & Topics

The program will include space for keynote speakers, panels, 20 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 also hope to feature a few virtual sessions from speakers who cannot travel to the US and a series of sessions in Spanish. Please indicate in the application if you’d be interested in presenting virtually. Don’t worry if your idea doesn’t fit neatly in these categories. Please submit it anyway and surprise us!

Timeline & Deadlines


Have questions? Email us at, chat in the #sotmus channel on Slack, or attend one of the SOTM US live Q&A sessions we will be announcing soon here and via Twitter. We look forward to seeing you in Tucson!

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

Travel Information

Coming soon!

Social media

on twitter

Logo Contest

This year, the State of the Map US Organizing Committee is delighted to announce that we will be holding a logo competition. We want the community to take part in building a meaningful and memorable logo for State of the Map US 2020 in Tucson

Winner Announced!

Congratulations to our winner Kaycee Faunce! Thank you to those who submitted ideas - we had so many great entries!

The logo contest winner by Kaycee Faunce

Who Should Enter?

You! We welcome submissions from everyone - first time doodlers, Inkscape wizards, or seasoned designers - we’d love to see your idea. Entrants may be an individual or team of people, even a design company.


DEADLINE: The deadline has been extended 5 days! Entries must now be submitted [via email]( by 11:59PM PST on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Winners will receive one free conference registration (value $200), $300 in travel reimbursement, and a limited edition 10th Anniversary t-shirt

How to Enter

  • Create your logo in PNG file format and a scalable file format (either SVG or PDF).
  • If you're not used to scalable formats please still enter the competition as we can try to help.
  • Send your logo as an attachment, in a ZIP file, or included in a link to [[1]]

Logo Design Rules

The design MUST

  • Include themes for Tucson or Arizona
  • Be easily printable on t-shirts with as few colors as possible (no more than 5). This keeps the cost of printing down.
  • Work well on different colored backgrounds (or have alternatives for light and dark backgrounds). Be delivered in PNG file format and a scalable format (SVG or PDF).
  • Not be similar to other mapping conference logos (ESRI, SOTM,FOSS4G...)
  • Not communicate the brand of potential sponsors or related companies
  • Not include copyrighted material that is not yours

The design MAY

  • Come in different sizes (example: a main logo and a variant for use on small print media such as badges).

The design should communicate

  • Local culture: Indigenous, Hispanic, southwest US
  • OpenStreetMap theme
  • Geospatial / mapping concepts
  • a sense of learning and education
  • A sense of community

The design should not communicate

  • Corporate / big business (as the sole element)
  • Complexity
  • Expensive
  • For geeks only
  • Closed community


  • By submitting a logo you will be assigning your copyright to OSM US so that it can be used across different mediums. The organizing committee may also commission improvements of the winning work as needed.
  • Entries must be submitted via email to [[2]] by 11:59PM West Coast time on Friday, 27 March 2020.


Logo may be included in:

  • The conference website, flyers, emails, sponsor communications, t-shirts and potentially other conference swag.
  • Printed material at the conference such as program of talks, notebooks, banners and conference guide.
  • Potentially small web-based button images for use on third party websites to promote the conference or fact that someone is speaking there, for placement on blogs and other web pages.

A big thank you to the FOSS4G-SoTM Oceania organizers for the motivation and supporting materials for the contest!

We can't wait to see your submission!

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