The 2021 HOT Summit Call for Proposals is now open! Submit your ideas for panels and talks today! Deadline is 10 August.

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The Seventh Annual Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Summit 2021 will be held online for the second year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This year’s theme is: The Evolution of Local Humanitarian Open Mapping Ecosystems: Understanding Community, Collaboration, and Contribution.

We’re looking for new and engaging online presentations, dialogues, and lightning talks. We encourage you to consider incorporating technology such as Menti (, interactive boards (e.g., Jamboard, Miro), audience polling tools, etc., to maximize audience participation and interaction given our new virtual format.

Note that where possible, and especially for Failfests and Lightning talks, we will ask speakers to submit pre-recorded presentations to show at the Summit. If applicable, live Q&A will follow the presentation.

Please review important dates and proposal ideas below, then submit your proposal by the DEADLINE: AUGUST 10, 2021.

Please complete one form per proposal. You may submit multiple unique proposals, but understand that, due to the volume of speakers, we may only accept one submission by the same presenter(s).

If you have any questions, please email us at

Important Dates Call for participation announcement: July 12, 2021 Deadline to submit your proposal: August 10, 2021 Notification of accepted proposals: September 7, 2021 Summit date: November 22, 2021 Contributions Types and Ideas

Here are the session formats that are available:

  • Dialogue (15-20 min. interactive presentation with discussion questions for the audience)
  • Ignite/Lightning Talk (5 min. presentation of the project, discussion of the produced map/visualization, etc.)
  • Failfest (5-15 min. discussion of a failure and lessons learned)
  • Debate (1-1.5 hrs. Suggest a topic to debate; Option to propose yourself as representing a specific perspective)

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

  • Lowering barriers of entry to open mapping
  • Women and open mapping
  • Facilitating and enhancing cross-regional collaboration
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Challenges and opportunities during the pandemic
  • New technologies or project updates