Call for presentations

We have not yet issued our call for presentations (check back soon to see our timeline).

For those of you who can’t wait, here’s a guide on what we will be looking for.

  • full-length talks (15 minutes)
  • lightning talks (5 minutes)

We’re inviting the Western Australian open geospatial and mapping community to get involved by submitting a proposal. Gather up your stories, hits and misses, and share with us - we’re dying to hear what you’ve been working on! There are opportunities for first-time speakers, experienced FOSS4G practitioners and curious newcomers.

What are we looking for?

This is a face-to-face conference with one day of presentations. There are many presentation slots available.


Presentations: submit proposals for full-length talks (15 minutes) or lightning talks (5 minutes).

We want to hear what's happening in open source geospatial, open data, and OpenStreetMap. What are you working on? Do you have a success (or failure!) story? Are you part of an interesting open collaboration? Are you developing something new that you want to share? Are there tools, tricks or workflows that you can teach? What have you learnt from your open community?

We want a variety of content from a diverse array of speakers, so don’t feel that your idea won’t belong. We welcome workshop ideas targeting participants with minimal geospatial skills or the experienced. We're open-minded about what this looks like, but here are some general themes to get you thinking:

  • Case studies from your organisation or community.
  • Use of open source tools & open data, or new tools you're developing.
  • Community building projects, collaborations or your perspective on our community.
  • Your spectacular successes (or formidable failures).
  • Challenges you're facing or that you see the community facing.
  • Interesting workflows, or introductions to open geospatial technologies and projects that you can teach.
  • Whatever's on your mind! This is your conference...

Everything geospatial: Think anything ‘geo’ related! From hardcore GIS, cartography, geology, geoscience, and remote sensing to historical maps, psychogeography, geocaching, and general mapping nerdery. Any area, project, or challenge where knowing the geo context is key!

Open source geospatial: think QGIS, PostGIS, Leaflet, OpenLayers, Python, R, GeoServer, MapServer, and the usual suspects, but also, think outside that box. What is in development?

OpenStreetMap & open data: what are you building, what are you using, and what are the obstacles in obtaining, using or opening up your data?

Who should submit?

You may be an experienced presenter, or perhaps this is the first time you’ve ever considered presenting at a conference. If you have a relevant story to tell, we want to hear from you.


We would love to have a diverse array of speakers, with strong representation across genders, different cultural backgrounds, young and old, and urban and rural. We can only do this if we get the submissions, so please, be brave and do it!

We're here to help you deliver a great presentation or workshop. If this is new to you, we can connect you with an experienced speaker to help prepare your submission, or review and advise on how to produce a slide deck. We're happy to brainstorm with you on possible topics, or talk about your idea. Be in touch at

We encourage submissions from regional Western Australians - this is not only a conference for Perth residents, so come and bring your local perspectives.


Presenters will have access to a projection screen and microphone.