Call for Proposals is Now Open

The Fifth Annual HOT Summit 2019 will be held in Heidelberg, Germany; September 19-20th at the University of Heidelberg the day before State of the Map-International. This year’s theme is: the Next Phase of Mapping, new ideas in OSM

The Summit brings together people from around the world working to make open geographic data available to improve the places they live and work through OpenStreetMap. The two-day gathering will feature interactive sessions and talks from NGOs, international organizations, governments, academia, the private sector, and OpenStreetMap community members. The Summit focuses on how OpenStreetMap is being used to reduce disaster risk and contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that emphasize participation from all sectors of society to meet ambitious targets around the world’s most critical challenges by 2030.

We are looking for unique presentation proposals that engage the audience and create interesting discussions, activities and learning opportunities for Summit participants. We invite you to submit proposals for one of the following types of sessions:

  • Workshops or training (1-2 hrs. with group activities/hands-on work)
  • 45-minute sessions
    • Facilitate a session featuring a series of “lightning talks” with 6-7 speakers
    • Partner-up: two or more speakers from different organizations on a common theme/impact area or discussing opposing viewpoints on a topic
    • Debate, interactive discussion or other non-panel format
  • 5-Minute failures (Lightning-talk style presentations of important learning moments in your work)

Please review important dates and proposal ideas below then submit your proposal by the DEADLINE APRIL 30, 2019.

If you have any question please email us at

Important Dates

  • Call for participation announcement: April 1, 2019
  • Deadline to submit your proposal: May 5, 2019
  • Notification of accepted proposals: May 15, 2019
  • Summit dates: September 19-20th, 2019

Contributions Types and Ideas

Here are some topics we came up with, but most of all we want to hear your innovative ideas:

  • Refugee response
  • Public health - Malaria elimination
  • Urban resilience
  • AI & Machine Learning in mapping
  • Addressing new gender challenges in mapping
  • Microgrants & local communities
  • New tech in mapping
  • Disaster response mapping and using the HOT Tasking Manager (success & failures)
  • Working with government in open mapping
  • DIY aerial mapping: UAVs, drones, balloons, kites
  • Sharing imagery during emergencies, OpenAerialMap, imagery tasking
  • Data beyond OSM, exporting and usages
  • Responsible data