[ros-users] [Discourse.ros.org] [General] ROS turns 11 & ROSCon 2019!

gerkey ros.discourse at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 21:44:46 UTC 2018

We're happy to celebrate the 11th anniversary of ROS!

Last week in 2007 the[ first commit](https://sourceforge.net/p/ros/code/1/log/?path=) was made to ROS at its original [home on SourceForge](https://sourceforge.net/projects/ros/).

Since our [last anniversary](http://www.ros.org/news/2017/11/ros-turns-10.html), the ROS community has continued to expand and thrive. As documented in our latest [report](http://download.ros.org/downloads/metrics/metrics-report-2018-07.pdf), we’re seeing double-digit annual percentage increases in almost every metric that we track. In July 2018 alone we saw 16M binary packages downloaded from packages.ros.org by 328K unique IP addresses (those figures don’t include downloads from mirrors around the world, of which there are at least eleven).

We also saw two great ROS developers’ conferences this year, starting in mid-September with [ROSCon JP 2018](http://roscon.jp/) in Tokyo. It was the first local edition of ROSCon, designed specifically for the local developer community and held in the local language. The event was a great success, selling out in advance with a final attendance total of 189 people and supported by 18 sponsoring organizations. We're expecting to see more local editions of ROSCon in the future. Later in September [ROSCon 2018](https://roscon.ros.org/2018/) happened in Madrid. Our fourth sold-out year in a row, ROSCon 2018 broke many records with 510 attendees (including 27 diversity scholars from 19 countries across 6 continents) and 47 sponsors.

On the topic of ROSCon, we’re happy to make the following announcement:

Save the date: [ROSCon 2019](https://roscon.ros.org/2019/) will be held October 31 - November 1, 2019 at the Conrad Macao, Cotai Central. [IROS 2019](http://www.iros2019.org/) will be held at the nearby Venetian Macao November 3-8, so plan to attend both of these great events in Macau!

Stay tuned for more information on ROSCon 2019.

If you have questions about participating in or sponsoring ROSCon 2019, please contact the organizing committee: roscon-2019-oc at openrobotics.org.

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