FOSS4G NA 2023

FOSS4G NA Call for Presentations

Welcome to the Call for Presentations and Pre-Conference Workshops for the 2023 FOSS4G NA being held October 24 - 25 at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor, 401 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21201.

The aim of the conference is twofold: the exchange of information and experiences between users of geographic data and free and open source software for processing geographic information, and the possibility for new or potential users to discover the functionality of these systems and the availability of data, and to meet developers and experienced users. The deadline for all proposals is Midnight ET, June 11, 2023

At this time, FOSS4G NA is seeking the following:
● 30-minute podium style presentations with the intention of a 20-minute talk, 5 minutes of Q&A, and 5 minutes for transition time
● 3-hour pre-conference workshops

Workshops are intended to be highly stimulating 3-hour blocks of time that guide participants through the features of various software projects. These can be designed for beginner, advanced, or all levels to cover the majority of user needs. It is encouraged to hold workshops in a hands-on manner where everyone is invited to use their own computer and bring back home all of their achievements.

All workshops will be scheduled for Monday, October 23rd at either 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Workshops will be scheduled by FOSS4G NA Program Committee.

Workshop Presenter Expectations
● There is a limit of two workshop presenters and they do not need to register or pay.
● If your proposal has been accepted and you are no longer able to present, please notify the organizers as soon as possible.

If you have developed a free and open source project related to geospatial technologies, if you have implemented a FOSS4G solution or product, or participated in a project that uses FOSS, we invite you to participate by submitting a proposal.

Presentations are expected on experiences both in the use of free geographic data and metadata, and in the use or development of free and open source geographic software. Your contribution could present how you use open source geospatial software, how it helps to solve your company’s/organization’s problems, a new development you are involved in and what it has improved, as well as presentations in the various application fields.

Submissions promoting restricted licensed software will not be accepted. This is a Free Open Source Software conference and FOSS is the main interest.

30-Minute Podium Presenter Expectations
● All presenters will be expected to register and pay the conference registration fee.
● If your proposal has been accepted and you are no longer able to present, please notify the organizers as soon as possible.

All proposals must be submitted via an online portal powered by the PreTalx platform therefore emailed proposals will not be accepted. The following items are required, and please plan to have ready for completing the online submission form:

 ●  Proposal Title (maximum 10 words)
 ●  Proposal Abstract (maximum 40 words); this will be used in marketing materials to promote your talk.
 ●  Proposal Description (maximum 800 words); this should be a comprehensive description of your presentation
    which is what will be used to determine acceptance or rejection.
 ●  Track: You will also be asked to select a track that best fits your proposal. The options are:
       ○    State of Software - Projects give a state of their current projects, and what's in present, upcoming 
       ○    Use Case and Applications - Describe how software is used
       ○    Open Data - Initiatives for providing open data.  Examples include publishing to OpenStreetMap; tools for 
            collecting data; and new and advancing open data formats.
       ○    Transition to FOSS4G - Case studies of how organizations migrated from proprietary to open source GIS 
            solutions. Lessons learned. Also tips on how to get more involved in FOSS4G/OSGeo community
       ○    Education and Training - Initiatives to teach use of free and open source GIS tools.
       ○    FOSS4G in Government - FOSS4G used to meet a specific need in government to meet business needs 
            and/or satisfy regulations on transparency and interoperability
       ○    Climate, Environment and Sustainability - Use cases for analysis and mapping of climate change and 
            resiliency planning, species and habitats, environmental hazards, and sustainability planning and 
       ○    Image Processing - Topics related to methods and case studies of processing of raster data to 
            accomplish various tasks  
       ○    The Business of Open Source
       ○    Infrastructure, Emergency Management and Humanitarian - Use cases on FOSS4G in Disaster 
            Preparedness, Disaster Response, and Community Recovery from an event or ongoing problems.
       ○    Infrastructure - Use cases on managing infrastructure (Water, sewer, telecommunications, farmland, etc.) 
            or geospatial infrastructure (metadata, catalog services, etc.)
       ○    Geo AI/ML - AI/ML libraries, utilities, frameworks and other oss tools specifically for geospatial data
       ○    Data Management and Interoperability - Data interoperability, storage, search, formats, interfaces
       ○    FedGeoDay - Topics for FedGeoDay are presentations related to topics of National scale and application. 
            Examples would be for geospatial data distribution infrastructure via open standards, climate (threats, 
            adaptation and analysis), Defense/Security/Intel applications, and Emergency Management. Submissions 
            for FedGeoDay will also be considered for the main conference.
 ●  Presenter Contact Information
 ●  How many presentations have you given at either a global or regional FOSS4G event?
 ●  Workshop Submissions Only - Workshop Level (All Levels, Beginner, Advanced)
 ●  Workshop Submissions Only - Maximum Number of Attendees (20, 30, 40, 50, or No Maximum)

FOSS4G is committed to increasing equity, inclusion, and diversity in our organization. To help us track our progress, there are also optional questions pertaining to age, race, and gender identity. These answers will remain strictly confidential and will only be available to the FOSS4G NA Executive Committee.

After the online submission closes on May 31st, the proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee to determine what submissions will be accepted or declined.

Submitters will be notified of the final decision by June 9th and will receive a Presenter Toolkit outlining details needed to provide you with a successful experience.

IMPORTANT DATES (revised 6/1)
● Call for Presentation Deadline June 11
● Review Period June 12 - June 18
● Decision & Full Schedule Announcement Week of June 26

Please contact Cindy Sherwood at if you have any questions or need assistance with the online submission process.