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ROSCon will happen September 29th-30th, 2018

Join us at the NH Collection Eurobuilding in Madrid, Spain

ROSCon 2018

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.

IROS 2018

ROSCon will be held the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding IROS, which is happening at the Madrid Municipal Conference Centre in Madrid, Spain.


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. Or view our sponsor prospectus.

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Friends of the Conference

Diversity Scholarship Sponsors

The following sponsors are supporting 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 prior years’ programs, which funded travel and lodging costs for dozens of scholars from around the world, we encourage you to watch this 2016 lightning talk from Ahmed Abdalla and Husam Salih, two students at the University of Khartoum in Sudan who talked about starting a robotics lab under extremely challenging conditions.

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


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

The nearest airport is Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport (MAD), located approximately 15KM from the conference venue, NH Eurobuilding.

Public transit

The ROSCon Organizing Committee recommends travel from MAD to NH Collection Eurobuliding by public transit.

Approx. 35 minutes Cost: (1,50€, Subject to change)


  • Take L8 from Airport to Mar de Cristal
  • Disembark at the Colombia station
  • Walk 10 minutes to the hotel

Plan to explore Madrid? There are a variety of metro tickets that make the access to the city convenient and affordable!

Other transit options are available on the hotel website as well as some highlights and places of interest to explore.


Here’s a map of the location.


Support ROSCon and stay at the conference venue, the NH Collection Eurobuilding. ROSCon has negotiated discounted rates which include a breakfast buffet and complimentary wifi! This 4-star hotel has a number of facilities, such as a state of the art spa, gym, and sauna, for guest to enjoy.

  • Check in: 3:00 PM
  • Check out: 12:00 PM


  • Room with single occupancy: 160 Euros per room, per night, plus tax (10%, subject to change)
  • Room with double occupancy: 175 Euros per room, per night, plus tax (10%, subject to change)

Rooms are limited! Reserve your room at the discounted rates today!

On-site parking:

  • Indoor
  • Price: €24,75 (VAT not incl.)
  • Parking cannot be reserved in advance

Off-site parking:

  • Indoor
  • Price: €26 / day


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

Organizing Committee

  • Tully Foote
  • Roberta Friedman
  • Lia García
  • Ryan Gariepy
  • Brian Gerkey
  • Deanna Hood

Diversity Chair

  • Deanna Hood

ROSCon 2018 Diversity Scholarships

The ROSCon 2018 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. Thanks to the support of the program’s sponsors, these scholarships each include a complimentary conference registration pass and three nights’ accommodation shared with another recipient. Limited travel support is available for participants whose travel to the conference would otherwise be infeasible. Please note that all other expenses (including any visa requirements) will be the responsibility of the participant.

For more information please see the announcement.

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