State of the Map U.S. 2020

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The tenth State of the Map U.S. conference will take place in Tucson, Arizona at the University of Arizona from November 5th to 8th, 2020.

March 27,2020 update regarding COVID-19

As many of you have learned, the global State of the Map conference will transition to a virtual event. OpenStreetMap U.S. looks forward to supporting their efforts to bring together the amazing global OpenStreetMap community through a virtual event. The safety and health of our community are the highest priority.

Plans to hold the November State of the Map U.S. conference in Tucson remain unchanged at this time. However, the impact this pandemic may have on future events is still uncertain, so the Organizing Committee will be monitoring the situation closely and reevaluating weekly. If necessary, we will make alternative plans, but we are hopeful the situation will improve over the coming months. We will keep the community updated as the situation unfolds.

Dates & Schedule

Thursday, November 5, 2020

1pm to 5pm - Hackathon, mapathon and OpenStreetMap Open House at Catalyst - free!

7pm - Welcome social - free!

Friday November 6, 2020

9am-5pm - State of the Map US Conference at University of Arizona Student Union - tickets required.

Evening social event - tickets required.

Saturday November 7, 2020

9am-5pm - SOTMUS Conference at UA Student Union - tickets required.

Evening social event - tickets required.

Sunday November 8, 2020

9am to 1pm - Convene at Catalyst maker space to work on a project, get some mapping in, or mingle with fellow mappers at the open house - free!

Travel Information

Coming soon!

Social media

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

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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