Call for Papers

Submissions are now closed. Thank you to everyone who sent in a proposal. The list of selected sessions will be announced soon.

While we do not encourage late submissions, we understand that life is complicated. If you have a question about submitting, please email

FOSS4G-NA is an annual gathering for the community of people who work with, or are interested in working with, free and open source geospatial software. It brings together a mix of developers, users, decision makers, and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation for three days of workshops, presentations, and discussions.

The program committee is looking for a variety of different types of stories across a broad range of sectors and industries. Our program aims to cover the full breadth and depth of geospatial free and open source software as well as the application of FOSS4G technology. Proposals are invited on any relevant subject, however the following list of potential topics may help to provide some guidance. Note that these topics do not correspond to the "Track" (aka category) field on the submission form, but are included to show the range of content included at the conference. Details on completing the submission form are below.


Software Projects

  • Development of new & existing software
  • Documentation & writing
  • Project news & updates


  • Products powered by FOSS4G
  • Business adoption
  • Business intelligence and logistics


  • Policy and planning
  • Citizen engagement
  • Civic hacking & public involvement
  • Disaster response & management
  • Local, state, and federal agency adoption and use

Nonprofit & Humanitarian

  • Using FOSS4G in the field
  • Volunteers & training
  • Community & participatory mapping

Education & Academia

  • Curricula
  • FOSS4G in the classroom

The Sciences

  • Climate and environment
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Agriculture and forestry
  • Biology
  • Public health
  • Archaeology
  • Data science

Data Visualization

  • 3D mapping & data
  • Analysis & statistics
  • Cartography
  • Design & art

New & Emerging Technology

  • Drones & UAVs
  • Internet of Things
  • Sensor tech
  • Indoor mapping
  • Machine learning
  • Big data
  • Precision agriculture

Session Types

The program includes both hands-on workshops (3 hours) and presentations (35 minutes). We will have a limited number of Academic sessions; please see the Academic Papers section below for details.

Important Dates

  • October 13, 2017: Submissions open
  • January 15, 2018: Workshop submission deadline Update - the workshop submission deadline has been changed to February 8
  • February 8, 2018: Submission deadline
  • February 9 - 15, 2018: Community review for submissions
  • February 28, 2018: Program announced

Important Information

Workshop speakers register at no cost (first two speakers on the workshop only). Talk speakers register with a special price of $250. If you plan to submit, please do not register for the conference until you know the outcome of your talk submission.

We strongly encourage the actual speakers to submit their own proposals. We want speakers who are engaged with the community and really want to speak at the conference. Sometimes a third party will submit on a speaker’s behalf. The program committee will review all proposals, but proposals submitted by third parties will be given lower priority.

How to Submit

You must have a validated account to submit a talk. See the Submission FAQs for details on creating and validating an account.

Before you click on the "Submit Workshop or Talk" button below, please note the following important items about the submission form.

Submission Form Required Fields

  • Session Title. Write an interesting and succinct title that clearly describes the session.
  • Speaker. You must have an account before you can access the submission form to submit a talk. If your talk has co-speakers, each co-speaker must also have an account. See this section of the Submissions FAQs for more information.
  • Track. Choose your talk category from the list below, and select it from the "Track" drop-down menu on the submission form:
    • FOSS4G Software
    • FOSS4G Adoption
    • FOSS4G Use Cases & Applications
    • Research
    • Lessons Learned: Best Practices, Costs & Benefits
  • Session Type. Choose workshop or talk.
  • Experience Level. Choose the experience level of the audience.
  • Description. Take the time to write a description that clearly describes the content, and tells what the audience will learn from attending the session.

Submission Form Optional Fields

  • Slides. We encourage you to upload a file with your session materials, but this is not a requirement.
  • Slides (External URL). If your materials are accessible on line, add the URL here.
  • Tags. Enter your choice of keywords to help describe the content of the session.

Academic Papers

You may choose to submit an academic research paper with the goal of post-conference journal publication. All academic sessions will be labeled as "academic presentations" in the conference program. These presentations will be mixed in with the other presentations, based on talk categories. All academic papers will go through a double-blind review process via EasyChair. Selected papers will be invited to be extended to a full paper and submitted to a special issue of a journal for post-conference publication. The "Submit an Academic Paper" button below will link to the EasyChair site for submission. The template for academic papers for this conference is available here.

Program Committee

For more about the Program Committee, see this About Uspage.


If you have questions, please see the Submission FAQs or Speaker FAQs. Still need help? Email us.

Our Sponsors

For information about becoming a sponsor, please visit the FOSS4G NA 2018 sponsor prospectus page.





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