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OpenStreetMap US: Connect 2020

This free, virtual event is a celebration of all things OpenStreetMap and our community. The event will include an informal Mappy Hour Thursday evening, a scheduled ½ day of talks on Friday, and a day of workshops, birds of a feather sessions and mapathons on Saturday. We hope to make this an annual gathering that enables people from across the country to learn about OpenStreetMap and network with fellow mappers through a combination of curated and community-led dialog. Interested in participating in the event? Submit a talk proposal, facilitate a session, or sign up to volunteer.

Call for Proposals

We are calling on all members of the OpenStreetMap community to share your ideas and session proposals for the first ever Connect event. Whether you are brand new to OSM or have been a core contributor since the beginning, we want to hear from you! Please submit your ideas using this form. Call for proposals will close September 20, 2020.


Thursday October 29, 2020: Mappy Hour ~ 8:00pm ET to 9:30pm ET

Join us for an informal Mappy Hour to connect with fellow mappers and kick off the event.

Friday, October 30, 2020: Curated Sessions ~ 2pm ET to 6pm ET

Join us on Friday as a speaker or tune in to watch 4 hours of live, curated OpenStreetMap content. Submit a proposal by September 20!

Saturday, October 31, 2020: Self-Organized Sessions ~ 10am to 3:30pm ET

Saturday will be a combination of workshops, birds of a feather sessions, thematic mapping parties and more! Do you have an idea for a panel or a even a workshop? The format of a self-organized session could be the right place for that. The only requirement that we have to your topic is that it has to be related to OpenStreetMap and that you abide by the OSM US Code of Conduct.

Please sign up to facilitate a session using the table below. Note there are limited sessions. Join information for each room will be provided closer to the event.

Replace 'Session Title, Name of Facilitator' with Session type (Workshop, Birds of a Feather, Mapathon), Session Title, and your name.

Community Facilitated Session Schedule - Saturday October 31, 2020 10am to 3:30pm ET
Room 10am to 11:30am ET 12pm to 1:30pm ET 2pm to 3:30pm ET
1 Birds of a Feather: OSM's role in promoting social equity (looking for facilitator) Birds of a Feather: OSM US: Looking Ahead w/ OSM US Leadership Birds of a Feather: OSM in Government, TBD
2 BoF: OpenHistoricalMap: discuss the year ahead & user needs (Jeff Meyer) Session Title, Name of Facilitator Office hours: Get help editing the OSM Wiki and Wikidata (Minh Nguyen)
3 Session Title, Name of Facilitator Session Title, Name of Facilitator Session Title, Name of Facilitator
4 Session Title, Name of Facilitator Session Title, Name of Facilitator Session Title, Name of Facilitator
5 Session Title, Name of Facilitator Session Title, Name of Facilitator Session Title, Name of Facilitator


The conference will be free to attend but registration is required. Register here!


We will be seeking sponsors of the online conference. Is your company interested in supporting OpenStreetMap US? Email us at connect@openstreetmap.us.

Code of Conduct

A Code of Conduct exists to support a healthy and sustainable community where diversity and inclusion can thrive. Towards that end, our Code of Conduct (CoC) governs OpenStreetMap US forums and community events, and acts as a guide to make it easier to enrich all of us and the community in which we participate. Read the Code of Conduct here.

OpenStreetMap US is committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of level of experience, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical abilities, neurodiversity, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, national origin, and socio-economic background.