FOSS4G Perth 2021

We’re excited to announce that FOSS4G Perth will once again be a hub for the region’s premier open source geospatial conference.
Friday, 12 November 2021
191 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA
Workshop Day
Saturday, 13 November 2021
The University of Western Australia - here
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We’re creating an exciting program for you — the FOSS4G and OpenStreetMap community.

Here’s all you need to know to attend. Keep reading to learn about: what to expect at the conference, venue information, and how to get involved. Watch this space for information and updates.

FOSS4G SotM Oceania - Yeah, we know that’s a mouthful …

So let’s break it down …

  • FOSS4G is 'Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial' and represents the community of people working, contributing, participating in this open geospatial space.
  • SotM is 'State of the Map' and is the conference of the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) which supports the development of a free and open editable world map.
  • FOSS4G SotM is, together, the combined annual conference for OSM and FOSS4G communities happening at global, regional and local scales. The FOSS4G Perth event is a local hub of the regional Oceania conference happening on 12-13 November.
  • OSGeo Oceania is a local chapter of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). OSGeo is a non-profit with a mission to foster and promote the adoption of open source geospatial technology. All of this is done within the broader context of open source software philosophy and participatory community-driven development. OSGeo enables and supports the FOSS4G SotM conference.

What sort of conference is it?

The open ethos of the event guides how it is organised, what you can expect to hear and who will be there. FOSS4G Perth welcomes all users, contributors, mappers and enthusiasts of geospatial. The event offers a broad mix of topics and perspectives, aiming to be accessible to newcomers and energising for experienced geospatial practitioners.

For an idea of how the first day of presentations will look, check out last year’s program. The second day of this year’s conference has been expanded to include half-day workshops.

Who will be there?

At FOSS4G SotM the presenters, workshop leaders, volunteers and participants come from all realms of the open geospatial community – academia, business, government, from dabblers to developers. It is the place to meet people beyond your usual work or study environment, and build the collaborations and cross-pollination connections that open source communities inspire.

You will encounter technical conversation, shared experiences and diverse perspectives on open geospatial journeys. Regional and local speakers will connect you to the latest and greatest of global FOSS4G and OpenStreetMap projects.

Why should I go?

You’ll be inspired, you’ll hear about all the fun toys, you’ll meet new friends and future colleagues! There will be many opportunities to share your geospatial news alongside the speakers, within workshops and over a beverage. It’s a friendly environment in which to air your ideas with a like-minded community, ask those silly questions and pick up technical tips that can make all the difference!