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ROSCon will happen October 31st - November 1st, 2019 in Macau

ROSCon 2019

ROSCon 2019

ROSCon 2019 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 Macau. 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 10-30 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). We expect to have many more people who want to present than slots are available. For fair access there will be a lottery for requesting to give a lightning talk. A summary of the process is in the Call for Proposals Talks from 2016 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.

Dates

Important dates to keep in mind for ROSCon 2019.

Call for Proposals circulated

April 22nd, 2019

Diversity Scholarship application deadline

June 2nd, 2019

Proposal submission deadline

July 15th, 2019

Proposal acceptance notification

July 29th, 2019

Early registration deadline

August 24th, 2019

Late registration starts

October 1st, 2019

ROSCon 2019 in Macau.

October 31st - November 1st, 2019

Sponsors

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

Location

The event will be held at the Conrad Macao, Cotai Central. More information will be coming.

Program

Program TBA

The full details of the program will be announced after the proposal submissions have been selected. Until July 15th, 2019 we encourage you to submit your proposal. For planning purposes here’s the expected start and end times each day.

Day 1, October 31st

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Time Presenter(s) Title Abstract Resources
7:30 Everyone Registration open Please arrive early to allow time to collect your badge and conference bag before the presentations start. We expect there to be a queue for registration on the first day.  
9:00   Opening Remarks    
18:00 Everyone Reception    
20:00   Fin    

Day 2, November 1st

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Time Presenter(s) Title Abstract Resources
8:30 Everyone Registration open    
9:00   First Talk    
17:25   Closing Remarks    
17:35   Fin    
Call For Proposals

The CFP has not been posted yet.

More Info

ROSCon 2019 Diversity Scholarships

The ROSCon 2019 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

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