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ROSCon 2024

Odense, Denmark

October 21st - 23rd, 2024

ROSCon 2024

ROSCon 2024 will be held Odense Denmark on October 21st through the 23rd, 2024. ROSCon 2024 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 our past events, this year’s ROSCon will be our thirteenth ROSCon and held in Odense, Denmark. Similar to previous years, the two-day program will comprise of 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) along with panel discussions, lightning talks, demonstrations, and workshops.

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.

If you have questions, concerns, or ideas for ROSCon 2024, please contact the executive committee

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.

Dates

ROSCon 2024 Key Dates


Call for Proposals circulated

March 15th, 2024


Workshop submission deadline

May 7th, 2024


Diversity Scholarship application deadline

April 5th, 2024


Proposal submission deadline

June 3rd, 2024


Proposal acceptance notification

July 8th, 2024


Early registration deadline

June 3rd, 2024


Late registration starts

October 1st, 2024


Sponsors

Sponsor ROSCon 2024!

We’re presently putting together the sponsorship prospectus for ROSCon 2024. If you were previously a ROSCon sponsor we’ll be sure to reach out to you when the prospectus is ready. If you’ve never sponsored ROSCon, or if you have questions or concerns, please contact the executive committee and we’ll reach out when we’re ready.

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Attending ROSCon 2024


Event Location

ROSCon 2024 will be held at the The Odeon concert hall in Odense, Denmark. The event address is: Odeons Kvarter 1, 5000 Odense, Denmark. The venue is a short walk from the Odense Train station.

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Scholarship

ROSCon 2024 Diversity Scholarships

ROSCon diversity scholarship image by Belen Torres

The ROSCon 2024 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 strive to ensure that our community is as open and accessible as possible. Inclusion and diversity benefit 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 financial barriers to conference attendance, the ROSCon Diversity Committee is offering a limited number of scholarships to members of traditionally underrepresented groups in the robotics community. Thanks to the support of the program’s sponsors, each scholarship includes:

  • One complimentary conference registration;
  • Three nights’ hotel accommodation; and
  • A travel stipend (limited to those participants whose travel to the conference would otherwise be infeasible).

All other expenses (including any visa requirements) will be the responsibility of the participant.

Please note the following about the scholarship program:

  • To maximize the impact of scholarship funds, scholarship recipients will be asked to share a room with another recipient. Under special circumstances alternative arrangements can be accommodated.
  • Participants will be responsible for covering their travel expenses up front. The travel stipend will be provided on-site at the conference.
Pedro Xavier, a 2018 ROSCon diversity scholar from Brazil, shares his experience.


Eligibility

We invite applications from members of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the robotics community, including but not limited to: women, people in LGBTQIA+ communities, people with disabilities, people from racial and/or ethnic minorities in the robotics community, and people from developing nations who may not otherwise be able to attend ROSCon. Previous ROSCon Diversity Scholarship recipients are not eligible to re-apply.

Review Process

The ROSCon Diversity Committee reviews applicants according to the following criteria:

  • How will the applicant increase the diversity of ROSCon?
  • How will the applicant contribute to ROSCon through their attendance?
  • Is the applicant engaged with the ROS community?

The applicants who are reviewed most favorably, subject to available funding, are offered scholarships. We always receive more good applications that we are able to fund. The most common reason for a less favorable review is lack of effort shown in the application, such that we are unable to meaningfully review the candidate. Please take the time to completely and thoughtfully complete the scholarship application.

Application Process

To apply for the ROSCon Diversity Scholarship interested applicants should use this Google form. Applicants will need to include their name and contact information, some basic demographic data, and a brief narrative section about their participation in the ROS community.

We recommend interested developers submit their application as soon as possible. The deadline for the Diversity Scholarship application is April 5th, 2024.

Organizers

General Co-Chairs

Vanessa Yamzon Orsi (Open Source Robotics Foundation)

Geoff Biggs (Open Source Robotics Foundation)


Organizing Committee

Ryan Gariepy (Clearpath Robotics)

Brian Gerkey (Intrinsic)

Tully Foote (Intrinsic)


Program Committee

Ingo Lütkebohle (Bosch)

Yadu Vijay (Intrinsic)


Communications Chair

Kat Scott (Intrinsic)


Diversity Chairs

Kimberly McGuire (BitCraze)

Belén Torres (Wymaq)




Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.


The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing badges as well as there will be staff at the registration desk.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.



Social Media

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