SotM Africa 2019: Think Global, Map Local

Welcome to the bid proposal page for hosting the State of the Map Africa 2019 in Yaoundé, Cameroon



Dear colleagues and friends,

We cordially invite you to participate to the SOTM Africa 2019 conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The date of the event also coincides with the first edition of the Space4GIS Conference an event that brings together open-minded, creative and forward-thinking individuals... It will be jointly organized by OpenStreetMap Cameroon and the Yaounde City Council and it will be supported by all relevant local major sectors, such as the academia, the government and the private practitioners.
At this event we expect around 500 participants ! The YAOUNDE TOWNHALL is an excellent venue and our local organising members are experienced professionals and great hosts. They have successfully organized several memorable events… Get a Look at the SOTM Cameroun 2017.

The selected theme of the conference is “ The potential of geospatial crowdsourcing data for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”. It will be of significant interest for all of us to share our experience and the lessons learnt and through our collective expertise and the new technological developments to identify solutions for a better future. We encourage all who have an interest in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to participate actively as we are sure that this Conference will prove to be highly successful and rewarding for all. This is an exceptional platform for industry practitioners, innovators, scientists, researchers, academics and students to discuss current research which is shaping a new world society.

With great enthusiasm we look forward to welcoming you in Yaounde in July 2019

Please explore the website for more information. Enjoy.


The potential of geospatial crowdsourcing data for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Crowdsourced geospatial data, is helping fill data gaps at the micro level as well as providing insight into SDG progress … Addresses these challenges that are crucial not only in Africa but for all over the world.

The 1st edition of the Space4GIS conference is a great opportunity for the geospatial community of Africa to promote their achievements and progress but also a perfect venue for professionals world-wide to learn from each other exchanging ideas and develop new collaboration.

This is an exciting week-long conference that brings the international community and spatial professionals together to experience a mix of interesting plenary and technical sessions and workshops, a trade exhibition and a variety of side events and social functions. The week gives a unique opportunity to discuss major challenges of our time.

2019 will be a special year of the French Speaking Young Surveyors community. Together with the OpenStreetMap Community, the SOTM Africa will add a great contribution to the festive atmosphere to honour and celebrate this conference.

Kind Regards



Cameroon is described as "Africa in miniature", with reference to the fact that the country offers most of Africa's diversity from cultural (with French and English as its two official languages) toits diverse landscapes that represent the continent's major climatic zones. There are over three hundred (300) tourist sites in Cameroon and its 258 ethnic groups offer equally as many traditions as cultural diversities. It will be a great honor and offer for Cameroon to be the host for 2019 SOTM annual conference as this will create an impact on the local communities as well as Africa in general.


Yaoundé, nicknamed "City of Seven Hills", is the political capital of Cameroon. Getting your orientation right can be very challenging. At 750 m above sea level with a beautiful view of greens surrounding the city, Yaounde provides its visitor with very pleasant scenic views and mild climatic condition throughout the year.

Founded in 1888 during the period of the German protectorate, Yaoundé was occupied by Belgian troops in 1915 and was declared the capital of French Cameroun in 1922. From 1940 to 1946 it was replaced as the capital by Douala, but after independence it became the seat of the government of Cameroun in 1960, of the federal government in 1961, and of the united republic in 1972.


Yaoundé City Hall has a regional and national reputation for hosting events. This versatile building can accommodate all types of professional meeting. It can host a conference of 1 to 1,000 people in the concert hall, using other rooms for small groups, meetings, and small eating areas.

NB: We also have two higher education institutions in the city who agree to host the event: 1) The National Polytechnic School (ENSP) & 2) The National Advanced School of Public Works (ENSTP)


STATE OF THE MAP AFRICA: The Main Event of the Space4Gis Conference!

OSM Africa is a community of OpenStreetMap contributors from various African countries. The aim of this community is to build a network that will collect, contribute, grow and support open data for and in Africa by editing OpenStreetMap. The community is spread out in several African countries with a goal of growing and being established in each African country.

The State of the Map (SotM-Africa) is a regional conference for OpenStreetMap enthusiasts from all over Africa to share experiences and expertise on how to use OpenStreetMap to solve local problems and develop the digital economy. Organised by the OpenStreetMap Africa, the first edition was held in Kampala, Uganda in 2017.

Please note that these is the bid proposal for hosting the 2019 State of the Map Africa conference in Cameroon.

FGF Young Surveyors Meeting: The first French Speaking Young Surveyors Meeting

The Federation of French Speaking Surveyors (FGF) is an association created in 2005 which gathers 26 countries. Its main objectives are to bring its members, coming mainly from the African continent, a technical as well as a political support to contribute to the organization of the surveying profession, to guarantee a high level of initial and continuous training and to contribute to the maintain of the use of the French language within international institutions.

A Young Surveyor is defined by International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) as a person 35 years old or younger or within 10 years of graduation with a Bachelors or Masters degree in surveying/geomatics. The Young Surveyors Network (YSN) is a great resource for not only networking and becoming friends and colleagues with other young surveyors from around the world but also provides information on opportunities for internships, scholarships, study and training opportunities and jobs around the world.

The first French Speaking Young Surveyors meeting will be held in conjunction with the Space4GIS Conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Over 100 young surveyors from over 30 countries will participated. A truly great opportunity!

The 237 Digital Innovation : Network meeting of Key Actor for Digital Innovation in Cameroon

Cameroon has a high potential and great amount of entrepreneurs and developers for digital Innovation. Recently OpenStreetMap Cameroon mapped out several key actors that are part of the digital ecosystem, but unfortunately there are no existing platforms to exchange and discuss regularly about developments and possible collaborations within this ecosystem.

In order to strengthen the digital ecosystem a national ICT Network meeting can provide the opportunity to discuss about the ICT framework, conditions and challenges in Cameroon. In addition the exchange on existing experiences can help to develop strategies to foster local, national and international alliances in order to learn and exchange with each other.

This Network meeting intend to give Actors from Innovation and -Tech Centres, Spatial Data Specialists, ICT Entrepreneurs and Developers as well as Universities an opportunity to exchange, discuss and develop Ideas and proposals to promote and strengthen the ICT Ecosystem in Cameroon. Furthermore three key questions will guide the Agenda of the Meeting

  • - How can we achieve with Innovation income relevant impacts for entrepreneurs?
  • - How can we promote local development through the digital Innovation?
  • - How best cooperate with the Economy, the Diaspora and Government?



A full technical program with technical and social activities will be offered. The Space4GIS Conference program will feature an exciting and insightful technical program with local and international practitioners, allied professionals and academics speaking on their field of expertise. The plenary speakers will focus on aspects of the theme "The potential of geospatial crowdsourcing data for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) " in a variety of international contexts. 

The first draft of the technical program will be published Febuary 2019.


Registration for the Conference


Registration for the Conference

General Assembly of OpenStreetMap Cameroon

Opening Ceremony

Plenary Session 1

Plenary Session 2

Welcome Reception

Technical Program

Networking Dinner

Technical Program

Gala Dinner


Recreational Activities and Animations



An excellent program of Social Functions has been put together for the Space4GIS Conference that promises delegates a tantalizing taste of  some of the great locations, cuisine and performance art of Yaoundé and Cameroon.


Natianal Museum
Included in the registration fee

Organized transportation provided

You are kindly invited to the Welcome Reception at the National Museum, the largest museum in Cameroon with the most impressive collection of national treasures. Through more than 200 artefacts, it tells the story of the cameroonian lands and nation.


The Mfoundi Waterfalls
Included in the registration fee

Organized transportation provided

The Mfoundi Waterfalls is the perfect place for an informal gathering open to all participants of the Space4GIS Conference. It offers a buffet and gives the opportunity to reconnect with old acquaintances and make some new contacts. This is an extraordinary place for focusing on communication and networking. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to present their interesting research projects, latest products and ideas to an audience of professionals.


Yaoundé Townhall
Included in the registration fee

For the highlight of the social events programme of Space4GIS Conference, we are delighted to invite you to the Gala Dinner - full of excellent food, good music, stylish ambience and cultural insights. This night will be the perfect occasion to share knowledge with colleagues, to be entertained and to celebrate your latest scientific achievements in the exclusive atmosphere of the Yaounde Town Hall.

We hope you will join us for this special night of networking, good cheer and food delights in the heart of Yaounde. Feel free to register and invite your colleagues and friends.


Breakfast departure to park semi-natural Mefou, sanctuary of gorillas and chimpanzees - Departure for Ebogo - boat ride on the river Nyong - butterflies photo safari - lunch (fish freshwater river) – relaxation and sports end-afternoon return to Yaounde

Because we want to include a little more than Yaoundé at the Space4GIS Conference, we will first make a stop at the Mefou National Park just a couple of hours away from Yaoundé. Mefou Park is known as the Primate sanctuary, its full of chimpanzee, gorillas, and monkeys. Here you'll be able to see them and also to walk through numerous nature trails. We will continue our short trek into the forest and your eyes will witness one of the greatest attractions in the entire natural world of Africa - the biggest and the oldest trees that are 1000 or more years old! The site has several biodiversity hotspots and includes many wild animals, endemic bird species, tons of fish species, hundreds of butterflies, and many other tree species. Afterward, you will head out for a canoe trip through the Nyong River, at noon you will be arriving at the Ebogo Village. Relaxation is the best word to describe this village since you can listen to the birds sound and check the variety of mangrove trees that surrounds it. We will finally enjoy lunch in a restaurant with local food. We will propose a whole range of activities combining relaxation and sport to animate our excursion. Bringing the tour to an end, we will drive back to Yaounde.


The Space4GIS Conference offers a dynamic opportunity to strengthen your organisation's exposure to your key target markets. Sponsorship packages and exhibitor options commitment levels vary, and are tailored to suit your marketing strategies. There are various promotional options listed from which you may select according to the benefits that they offer to your company. Sponsors can choose one alternative separately or a combination of alternatives.

Your contribution will be a key factor to the success of the Space4GIS Conference. Moreover, your kind sponsorship will enhance the overall scientific importance of the event. By presenting this manual to you, we really hope that you will take advantage of all the opportunities the alternative sponsorships offer you, in order to promote your products in the best possible way and also reach unique audience, consisting of specialists from all over.

We Need You!

We will be very happy to establish a partnership with you as we see it beneficial for both your insitution and the development of our community. If you are interested in working with us ...




Visa-exempt foreign nationals:  Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria

Special passports:   holders of diplomatic or service category passports issued to nationals of China, Italy and Turkey do not require a visa. Holders of diplomatic and service passports can obtain a visa on arrival if they have a mission order and a return ticket.

Nationalities subject to visa:   citizens of all other nationalities can obtain their visa in embassies.

We would like to advice that visas will only be issued by the Cameroon diplomatic and consular representations. No visas can be issued upon arrival in Cameroon. The participants who are citizens of countries requiring visas should submit a filled application form, passport photo and regular travel document with at least six months validity. The participants should also present a letter-invitation from the host organization and other documents if needed.

To apply for a VISA you will need to submit an Invitation Letter to the Embassy. You can receive Invitation Letter from the Conference Organizers that will confirm that you are a participant in the conference. To obtain an Invitation Letter you have to send a copy of your passport via e-mail. On the copy, your full name, date of birth, date of expiry and the passport number should be clearly visible.

You can receive an Invitation Letter once you have successfully completed your registration and paid your registration fee. Keep in mind that you should apply for a VISA no later than 1 month prior to the conference, as it takes time for VISA issuing.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us

Note: a passenger who does not have Cameroonian identity papers (passport or identity card) is considered as a foreign passenger even if he / she has a multi-citizenship and must therefore be in possession of a visa .


The organisers of the Space4GIS Conference have negotiated attractive room rates with various hotels in different price categories to ensure you the best possible rate. The special rates only apply to participants of the conference and are available only when booking is made via the registration form when you register for the conference.  Please note that all prices include breakfast, VAT and all taxes.

During the conference a few members of the local community offer a free co-rent for those who will not have the financial means to pay a hotel ... there will be 100 places available ! if you are interested do not hesitate to contact us. An arrangement is also being negotiated with the various embassies to provide Accommodation for nationals of their country.


Watch this video

The short film that we present will give you some ideas about our activities in Cameroon.

State Of The Map Cameroon 2017 to see at the end of the film...

Contact Info


542 Rue de Melen, Yaoundé Cameroun


(+237) 694 69 86 07