The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) invites software developers to the October 2023 Open Standards Code Sprint. The hybrid event will be held on Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, with the face-to-face element held at the Geovation Hub in London. A pre-event webinar will be held on October 12th. Participation is free and open to the public. Registration is available on the OGC Open Standards Code Sprint website. Travel support funding is available.

The Code Sprint is sponsored at the Gold Level by OGC Strategic Member Ordnance Survey (OS), and at the Silver Level by OGC Member the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen). Additional support comes from OGC Strategic Member the US National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) and OGC Principal Member the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Additional sponsorship opportunities remain available for organizations to support the geospatial development community while promoting their products or services. Visit the Event Sponsorship page for more information.

The code sprint will be a collaborative and inclusive event to support the development of Open Standards and supporting applications. All OGC Standards are in scope for this code sprint. 

OGC code sprints experiment with emerging ideas in the context of geospatial standards, help improve interoperability of existing standards by experimenting with new extensions or profiles, and are used for building proofs-of-concept to support standards development activities and enhancement of software products. 

Non-coding activities such as testing, working on documentation, or reporting issues are also welcome during the code sprint. The Code Sprint also provides the opportunity, via its mentor stream, to onboard developers new to OGC Standards.

A one-hour pre-event webinar will take place on October 12 at 14:00 BST (UTC+1). The webinar will outline the scope of work for the code sprint and provide other useful information for participants. Any participants interested in Imagery formats will be invited to stay on after the webinar for a technical overview of the formats in focus for the code sprint. As with the virtual portion of the sprint, the pre-event webinar will take place on OGC’s Discord server.

The Code Sprint will prototype and advance implementations of multiple approved and candidate OGC Standards, for example:

…and more.

In the context of OGC Standards, the Code Sprint will also experiment with the ability to access or provide imagery conforming to NGA’s emerging GEOINT Imagery Media for ISR (GIMI) Profile through implementations of OGC API Standards. The GIMI Profile is based on the ISO/IEC 23008-12 High Efficiently Image File Format (HEIF) and the ISO/IEC 14496-12 ISO Base Media File Format (ISOBMFF) standards. This part of the Code Sprint will also prototype creation of GIMI files from still imagery encoded in JPEG 2000 (with GMLJP2), and motion imagery encoded in H.264 and H.265 formats.

Some Travel Support Funding is available for selected participants. Anyone interested in receiving travel support funding should indicate their interest on the registration form. Requests for funding will need to be received before October 2. They will be notified within 2 weeks of their application whether their application for travel support is approved or not.

The code sprint begins at 09:00 UTC on October 30 with an onboarding session, and ends at 17:00 UTC on November 1. To learn more about future and previous OGC code sprints, visit the OGC Developer Events Wiki or join OGC’s Discord server.

Registration for in-person participation closes at 17:00 UTC on October 25. Registration for remote participation will remain open throughout the code sprint. Registration and further information is available on The Code Sprint website.


Code Sprint, OGC APIs, Open Standards