The 28th International Cartographic Conference ICC 2017 was held in Washington, DC in July 2017. The conference is a significant event in the world of cartography setting the path of development for the next 2 years. 40 topics were offered to participants of the conference in accordance with which they had to make oral presentations or posters and to submit articles. It should be noted the trend of ICC 2017 to expand the topics. For example, geospatial technologies were added to the section “Education and training”; coordinate systems, transformations and conversions were added to the section “Map projections”; extrasolar and celestial cartography were added to the section “Planetary cartography”. Cartographic and technical exhibitions, Barbara Petchenik International children’s map competition and exhibition, competitions in orienteering were held on the conference. Meeting of commissions and working groups of the International Cartographic Association, business meetings before and after the conference were organized. Also technical tours to relevant companies and organizations were proposed to participants. The article highlights the key events and ideas expressed during the conference.