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ROSCon will happen September 29th-30th, 2018 in Madrid, Spain!

That’s the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding IROS, which is happening at the Madrid Municipal Conference Centre in Madrid, Spain. 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 Madrid, Spain.

ROSCon 2018

ROSCon 2018 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 six annual ROSCons, this year’s ROSCon will be held in Madrid, Spain. 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 continue the ROSCon Diversity Scholarship to help make ROSCon 2018 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.

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 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 2018.

Call for Proposals circulated

April 23rd, 2018

Proposal submission deadline

July 2nd, 2018

Proposal acceptance notification

July 16th, 2018

Early registration deadline

August 11th, 2018

Late registration starts

Sepetember 1st, 2018

ROSCon 2018 in Madrid, Spain.

September 29th-30th, 2018


If you are interested in finding out more about sponsoring ROSCon please contact the organizing committee.

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


ROSCon 2018 will be held at the the NH Collection Eurobuilding in Madrid, Spain.


Here’s a map of the location.


Please be check the weather and be prepared before you depart.

For historical data you can see here.

The current weather is here.


Program TBA

Call For Proposals

The Call for Proposals has yet to be announced.

More Info

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

#ROSCon2018 #ROSCon @osrfoundation @rosorg