Melbourne - FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2020



FOSS4G SotM Oceania Melbourne 2020 is taking place in person this November.

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 updates.

Get your ticket now!

Your AU$25 ticket entiles you to attend the conference and to choose from a meal of:

  • Chicken Parma with chips and garden salad
  • 200g Scotch Fillet with potato mash and broccolini
  • Mushroom Risotto (Vegetarian)

Plus your choice of a pot of beer, glass of house wine or a non-alcoholic drink (tea, coffee, soft drink).

FOSS4G SotM Oceania - Yeah, we know that's a mouthful. Here's what it means.

So let's break it down — 'Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial' or FOSS4G if you're a fan of efficiency (we are) is the name given to the conferences 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.

'State of the Map' or SotM is the conference of the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) which supports the development of a free and open editable world map. This takes the form of the community driven OpenStreetMap project.


The conference schedule is below! All times are in AEST.

In person presentations
09:30 - 10:00Arrival, sign-in and conference open
10:00 - 10:15Conference open and introduction
10:15 - 10:45Nicholas Metherall: Lessons from the QField - open source app for field data collection and integration in QGIS.
10:45 - 11:15Wing Ho: Faster Developer experience for Open Source
Lightning talks
11:15 - 11:20Wing Ho: Zero coding Terria Maps
11:20 - 11:25Henry Walshaw: Calculating your 5km travel bubble
11:25 - 11:30Edoardo Neerhut: OSGeo Oceania working groups and how to get involved
11:30 - 11-35Philip Mallis: Mapping Melbourne’s Parklets
11:35 - 11:40Ewen Hill: Wanderer
11:40 - 12:00Lightning talks Q&A and break
International conference viewing presentations from throughout Oceania
12:00 - 13:30 International keynote presentation
13:30 - 14:00Lunch while continuing with international presentations
Conference words
14:00 - 14:15Conference close

Call for presentations and workshops

We want you to share your fascinating stories about open source geospatial, open data, and OpenStreetMap in Victoria. We're looking for a diverse range of presenters including: all genders, people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, young and old, urban and rural. To achieve this goal we need you to accept the challenge and put yourself forward, the community can't wait to hear what you have to say!

Time slots come in 15 minute conference presentation or 5 minute lightning talks. Workshops will be approximately 1 - 1.5 hours. Get in touch with us below for more details on what we're looking for and how we can support you in developing your topic.

Of course if you prefer we'd love to hear from you via email as well!


What can I expect?

FOSS4G SotM Oceania belongs to you! It's the chance to come together as a community to share knowledge and experience through conference sessions, technical workshops, and social events. The topics will be wide ranging and the attendees will be users, creators, business, academics, community mappers, and government.

Who's gonna be there?

This conference is aimed at a broad swath of the community – developers, users, contributors, community mappers, academics, business, government and anyone interested in open source geospatial software and the OpenStreetMap project.

This is your chance to connect with and hear from developers creating the next generation of geospatial technology. Get ahead of the curve and find out what's on the horizon. FOSS4G and State of the Map events attract a very diverse audience on the global stage – so strap in for amazing content.

Why should I go?

You'll learn about cutting edge tech and what's on the horizon, meet the experts and talk to them, and learn new skills. Get the chance to hear what others like yourself are doing and producing with their open source geospatial tools. Along the way you'll meet up with old friends, make new ones, and share your experiences.

COVID safety

We're monitoring the COVID situation closely and will make sure the conference is a safe and clean space in line with the latest guidance.

Our sponsors and partners

We wouldn't be able to make any of this happen with our wonderful sponsors.

Coffee sponsor

Pozi is a Melbourne-based software company, and the developers of the Pozi web GIS platform. Pozi uses and contributes to open source geospatial libraries such as OpenLayers, GDAL and TurfJS to enable clients to integrate with live, open data from trusted sources to build their GIS capabilities and avoid duplication of data and effort. Find out more at

Conference Host