This week we’ll be at the FOSS4G conference here in Washington, DC discussing the current state and what the future should look like for open source geospatial technology. The conference schedule looks awesome with deep dives on technologies like PostGIS, PostgreSQL, and Quantam GIS, case studies from folks like the FCC, NOAA, and the World Bank, and design talks on topics like making watercolor maps with OpenStreetMap.

We’re participating in four sessions, described below, on the future of open source web mapping, the tech behind our street-level map of the world, and cartography tricks. We also have an exhibit table where we’ll be running demos of new custom styles for MapBox Streets and the map design tool TileMill. Stop by our sessions or table to chat, or message us on Twitter at Tom, AJ, Eric, DJ, Bonnie, and Young.

  • Keynote: Gaps and Voids in Open Source Geo Technology: Tom will join four others on this panel to talk about what’s missing in open source geo technology and where the community should focus its efforts on. Design will weigh heavy in this conversation. Tuesday 3:00 pm, Room 103 AB

  • New Maps: Beyond the Google Maps Paradigm: Big strides have been made recently in map interactivity and user experience. Tom will talk about the technology and APIs that are changing this, how they’re being used to tell stories with maps, and what you can already do to display crazy maps on your devices, whether they’re handheld or giant monitors. Tuesday 1:00 pm, Room 103 AB

  • Rendering the World: Rendering a street map of the world used to be unthinkable, but not any more. Young will talk about how we made MapBox Streets with our open source technology stack leveraging Node.js, Mapnik, MBTiles, and TileMill.

  • Cartography with TileMill, PostGIS, and OpenStreetMap: AJ will share his best tricks for designing beautiful, unique maps using TileMill. He’ll touch on import decisions, stylesheet techniques, spatial queries, and data massaging – and how to do it all with free, open-source software.

We’re looking forward to catching up with folks, learning what they’re working on, and sharing our latest thoughts on open source geo technology.