Announcing ROSCon 2024 in Odense, Denmark + Diversity Scholarships 🎉

Announcing ROSCon 2024 in Odense, Denmark :denmark: :tada: + Diversity Scholarships :rainbow:


I am happy to announce that we just launched the ROSCon 2024 website! This year’s ROSCon will take place in Odense, Denmark 2024-10-20T22:00:00Z through 2024-10-22T22:00:00Z.

Odense is an adorable city, with an outsized robotics industry, located on the island of Funen in Denmark. Odense is a fairytale location for a robotics conference, and we’re working with the city of Odense to roll out the red carpet for ROSCon 2024! We’re going to be taking over a good chunk of Odense’s central city, and providing lots of opportunities to meet with the local robotics community. If you are worried about travel, don’t despair, thanks to the Danish rail system Odense is just a short rail trip from Copenhagen airport. Speaking of trains, we might be potentially planning a trip to the Danish Railway Museum.

If you’re a ROS developer you won’t want to miss ROSCon 2024; we’ll have most of the ROS core developers and contributors all in one place for three days for talks, workshops, birds-of-a-feather sessions, robot demonstrations, and vendor exhibitions. Last year all of our workshops sold out, so this year we’re increasing the number of available workshop seats along with the total number of workshops. We’re also making birds-of-a-feather sessions a first-class function for 2024 such that individual working groups and projects can set aside dedicated time to meet. As in previous years we’re planning two full days of talks from all your favorite developers, along with two developer focused panels, and two of our world famous ROSCon lightning talk sessions. Just like ROSCon 2023 and ROSCon 2022 we’ll have an exhibition space with 40-60 exhibitors and a dedicated area for robot demos.

ROSCon 2024 Diversity Scholarships

For ROSCon 2024 we’ve had some changes to our Diversity Committee. We’re proud to welcome a new Diversity Co-Chair to the ROSCon Diversity Committee, @KimMcG , who runs our Aerial Robotics Working Group. Kimberly is replacing @mjcarroll, who is retiring after a number of years of service. We would like to thank Michael Carroll for his many years of service on the ROSCon diversity committee. This year Kimberly is joined by returning Diversity Committee Co-Chair @Belen_Torres (Belen Torres).

Our diversity committee has their work cut out for them this year! Thanks to the generous support of the ROS community, and Clearpath Robotics CTO Ryan Gariepy (@rgariepy) in particular, this year’s ROSCon Diversity Scholarship program is going to be one of our largest yet. To accommodate all of our Diversity Scholars we’ve greatly accelerated the application schedule; these changes should provide more time for students to plan their travel and apply for visas. As such, we’re happy to announce that the Diversity Scholarship application form is already live, and full scholarship details are on the ROSCon 2024 website. The deadline for scholarship applications is 2024-04-06T06:59:00Z, but we encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible. If you are considering submitting a ROSCon 2024 talk and you require travel assistance please make sure to apply, you won’t be able to submit an application with your talk proposal.

ROSCon CFP and Important Dates

In the next few weeks we’ll put out the call for talks and workshops along with our prospectus for ROSCon 2024 sponsorship. If you happen to work at a larger robotics company, you may want to give your HR & marketing departments a heads up that the ROSCon website is now live. To aid everyone with planning I’ve included all of the important dates for ROSCon 2024 below; I suggest putting them in your calendar so they don’t sneak up on you. If you are considering putting together a ROSCon 2024 workshop you should start planning your workshop proposal now, as the workshop and talk CFP opens up in just one month!

  • Call for Proposals circulated- March 15th, 2024 2024-03-15T07:00:00Z
  • Diversity Scholarship application deadline - 2024-04-05T07:00:00Z
  • Workshop submission deadline - 2024-05-07T07:00:00Z
  • Proposal submission deadline - 2024-06-03T07:00:00Z
  • Early registration deadline - 2024-06-03T07:00:00Z
  • Proposal acceptance notification - 2024-07-08T07:00:00Z
  • Late registration starts - - 2024-10-01T07:00:00Z

I hope to see all of you in Odense this October :denmark: :tada: !

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Looking forward to attending ROSCon in my home city! Remember to bring a jacket (or a ROS hoodie) so you can have a nice walk through the city in the autumn weather - the temperature can vary quite a bit in October :slight_smile:

Hope to see you all there!


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Friendly reminder: Scholarships are still open. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply and seize this great chance! Go ahead and submit your application today or share with someone who could benefit from it. :blush:

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:clock1: Bumping this thread.

Diversity scholarship applications are due: 2024-04-06T06:59:00Z

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