ROSCon will happen September 21st-22nd, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada!

That’s the Thursday and Friday immediately preceding IROS, which is happening at the same venue, the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, Canada. So if you’re planning your travel to IROS, just add a couple of days to the trip so that you can join us for ROSCon in Vancouver, Canada.


Registration for ROSCon 2017 has not yet opened.

ROSCon 2017

ROSCon 2017 is a chance for ROS developers of all levels, beginner to expert, to spend an extraordinary two days learning from and networking with the ROS community. Get tips and tricks from experts and meet and share ideas with fellow developers.

ROSCon is a developers conference, in the model of PyCon and BoostCon. Following the success of the past five annual ROSCons, this year’s ROSCon will be held in Vancouver, Canada. Similar to previous years, the two-day program will comprise technical talks and tutorials that will introduce you to new tools and libraries, as well as teach you more about the ones you already know. The bulk of the program will be 30-40 minute presentations (some may be longer or shorter).

We aim for ROSCon to represent the entire ROS community, which is global and diverse. Whoever you are, whatever you do, and wherever you do it, if you’re interested in ROS, then we want you to join us at ROSCon. We encourage women, members of minority groups, and members of other under-represented groups to attend ROSCon. We expect all attendees to follow our code of conduct.

The ROSCon planning committee acknowledges that the barriers to attendance for traditionally under-represented groups may be many and varied, and we are striving throughout the planning process to make the event as inclusive and accessible as possible. This year we are proud to have launched the ROSCon Diversity Scholarship Program to help make ROSCon 2016 more representative of the global ROS community.

We also welcome suggestions for what else we can do to encourage more participation. Contact us if you have ideas that you’d like to share.

If you don’t want to make a formal presentation, you should still bring your new project or idea to ROSCon and present it in a lightning talk or propose a Birds-of-a-Feather session.

There will be an opportunity to give a lightning talk at ROSCon. These are 2-3 minute talks, one session each day (3 minutes in the past but this may be reducing to 2.5 or 2 minutes this year). The way that it works is that you find the designated person during the morning coffee break to sign up for a slot to present that afternoon. It’s first come, first served, and it always fills up. As part of the sign-up, you have the option to provide 2-3 presentation slides that will be loaded onto a common laptop for presentation. Slides are not required, and there’s no particular format. Though it must work on the coordinators laptop so common portable formats such as pdfs are recommended. Videos are also ok but should be edited to fit inside the time limit and should not rely on the audio from the video. Given the time constraint, we would recommend against trying to do a live demo. Last years talks can be seen in this blog post or browse the recordings from past years.

There will also be open space for Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) meetings, impromptu hacking sessions, and informal presentations.

If you are looking for information on past ROSCons, including past programs, slides and videos of the presentations, see their separate websites.


Important dates to keep in mind for ROSCon 2017.

Call for Proposals circulated

April 24th, 2017

Proposal submission deadline

June 25th, 2017

Proposal acceptance notification

July 3rd, 2017

Early registration deadline

August 1st, 2017

Late registration starts

August 31st, 2017

ROSCon 2017 in Vancouver, Canada.

September 21st-22nd, 2017


Sponsors have not yet been announced.

If you are interested in finding out more about sponsoring ROSCon please contact the organizing committee. Or view our sponsor prospectus.

New this year: Diversity Scholarship Sponsorship

For the first time this year, we are soliciting sponsors to support the ROSCon Diversity Program, which is designed to enable participation in ROSCon by those typically underrepresented in the robotics community to make the conference a more fulfilling experience for all attendees. To get a sense of the impact of last year’s program, which funded travel and lodging costs for 15 scholars from 10 countries, we encourage you to watch this lightning talk from Ahmed Abdalla and Husam Salih, two students at the University of Khartoum in Sudan who are starting a robotics lab under extremely challenging conditions.

For information on this and all of our sponsorship opportunities, check the prospectus.


ROSCon 2017 will be held at the the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, Canada.

Public transit

Vancouver has a Trip Planning website to help get around


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Childcare Options

The Convention Services Team at the Vancouver Convention Center, provided the childcare service listed below as a reference for attendees. ROSCon 2017 and the Open Source Robotics Foundation do not guarantee or make warranties for these providers and assume no liability by providing this reference.

Nannies on Call
Nannies on Call provide pre-screened nanny service that will come to your hotel room. In addition, they have childcare gear for rent if you decide to travel light.
Fees for on-call bookings in Vancouver: $32CAD per booking (agency fee) + $16CAD per hour. Additional fees may apply. Please visit the website to determine additional pricing.

*Rates are quoted as of 23 March and are subject to change. Please confirm with your selected provider.

If you intend to contract childcare services, in addition to contacting the care provider, please email Karly [at] ] ROSCon is committed to creating an inclusive and accessible conference environment. By providing this information, it will allow the Conference to review attendee needs and evaluate where conference resources are deployed.


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The Program for ROSCon 2017 has not yet been announced.

ROSCon 2017 will be a single track conference. Following review and discussion by the Program Committee, the presentations listed below were accepted for presentation at the conference. There will also be Lightning Talks and Birds of a Feather sessions, as well as many opportunities to informally talk with other community members.

Call For Proposals

Proposal submission deadline: June 25th, 2017

Presentations and tutorials on all topics related to ROS are invited. Examples include introducing attendees to a ROS package or library, exploring how to use tools, manipulating sensor data, and applications for robots.

Women, members of minority groups, and members of other under-represented groups are encouraged to submit presentation proposals to ROSCon.

Proposals will be reviewed by a program committee that will evaluate fit, impact, and balance.

We are not yet accepting proposal submissions. Check back soon.

More Info

Organizing Committee

  • Elizabeth Croft
  • Tully Foote
  • Roberta Friedman
  • Ryan Gariepy
  • Brian Gerkey
  • Deanna Hood

Program Committee

  • TBA

Diversity Chair

  • Deanna Hood

ROSCon 2017 Diversity Scholarships

The ROSCon 2017 organizing committee aims for ROSCon to represent the entire ROS community, which is diverse and global. In addition to promoting technology that is open source, we also strive to ensure that our communities themselves are as open and accessible as possible, since we recognize that diversity benefits the ROS ecosystem as a whole.

Whoever you are, whatever you do, and wherever you do it, if you’re interested in ROS, then we want you to join us at ROSCon. To help reduce the financial barriers to conference attendance, the ROSCon organizing committee is offering a number of scholarships to members of traditionally underrepresented groups in the tech community.

We are not yet accepting applications for diversity scholarships. Check back soon.

Past Events

ROSCon has been held annually since 2012. If you’d like to know more we have archives of all the past programs with recordings of the talks and most of the slides. The sites can be found at the locations below.

Code of Conduct

To ensure a safe environment for everybody we expect all participants to follow the conference code of conduct.

Social Media

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