This year we’re supporting 10 scholars to come to State of the Map US, what will be the largest open mapping conference - and OpenStreetMap conference - of the year. OpenStreetMap is made up of a community of people from all over the world and many different backgrounds, working together to make the best map of the world and keep it open for all to use. Our conference should represent that, and scholarships help bring people who are new to the community or may not have the backing of a company to pay for the trip.

If you’re doing something interesting with mapping, open data, or OpenStreetMap, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship. The application is short, and the deadline is coming up this Sunday, March 15. Also, consider proposing a talk.

You can sponsor scholars too! You can sponsor a single sponsor when you buy your own ticket, or hit up cathryn@openstreetmap.us about supporting many.