Time for making maps!

Our mission is to open the doors of cartographic possibility to anyone interested by creating a time and space for collaborative learning, exploration, and map creation using mapping tools and technologies.

Countdown to the 2015 Maptime Summit!

Wait seriously? It’s only two-and-a-half weeks until the Maptime Summit? WHOA.

Thanks to basically the whole OS geo community, we are inching towards being ready:

  • CartoDB is helping us with pizza for lunch.
  • Mapbox is helping us with printing and getting Camille to the event.
  • Mapzen is helping with snacks.
  • OSMF (which includes people from both Mapbox and Mapzen) busted their butts finding us a great space for the Summit. They are also on the hunt for an event photographer.
  • Stamen is making it possible for Beth to get to NYC for the event.
  • Maptimers from all over are showing up to volunteer!

How cool is that? Many thanks to everyone for your help! There is no way we could pull this off without you.

In this final countdown, we have some important announcements and calls for participation:

  • Our location has changed! The Summit is now being held at the NYU Kimmel Center. The size of our space is limited to 60 people, so...
  • Get your ticket now as seats are limited! If 60 is what we can fit, then 60 tickets are what's available. If you haven't registered yet, get your ticket now! If you have but can't make it, drop us a line: hello[at]maptime[dot]io.
  • We have a schedule! Check out the Maptime Summit page for the full breakdown. To make it the best it can be...
  • We're looking for lightning talks! Maptime is all about the chapters -- and we want to hear what you're up to. Each chapter will have 5(ish) minutes to talk about what's been going on at their meetups. How many people come? Where do you hold them? What topics do you cover? What works? What doesn't? Anything you want to share is fair game -- we're all ears. Slides and preparation totally optional! If you want to do a lightning talk about your chapter, sign up here! Signing up give us an idea of how many Chapters want to talk.
  • We're also looking for unconference sessions! Add your session topics here, and we'll decide what sessions to do day-of.
  • There's a party! At Mapzen! In conjunction with GeoNYC! And we have been told that there will be karaoke.

Is that it? Yeah we think that’s it. Oh wait, one more thing:

  • We're on the hunt for someone to help with streaming or recording! This is not a must-have, but there are lots of people who can't make it. Recording or skyping or streaming would help to share the experience, and we've learned that it's not worth doing without the right equiptment. If you have leads or an idea or want to volunteer to take it on, we'd love to hear from you!

Ok, that’s it, for real this time.

As always, reach out to hello[at]maptime[dot]io with any questions.

We can’t wait to see you in NYC!

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Posted May 20 2015

Calling all troops! Help HOT this week!

HOT Home Page

by Beth

Calling all troops!

As many of you likely already know, a few days ago Nepal was hit with a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. The natural disaster has shattered temples and homes, and left thousands dead or injured.

What can you do to help? In addition to donating to your favorite relief effort, you can help Humanitarian Openstreetmap Team (HOT) to remap the area.

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Posted Apr 27 2015

Great Big March Madness Maptime Pizza Donation from CartoDB!

Maptime Bear Pizza Delivery

All of us at Maptime are excited to announce our first ever pretty darn big donation. Thanks to the fine folks at CartoDB, Maptimes that meet up in the month of March will get free pizza for up to 35 people.

This is huge! Maptime is self-organized by volunteers. Those without sponsorship have to shoulder the cost of snacks, fees, and sometimes even the cost for space. It’s a testament to the commitment of our community…but it still adds up. This pizza donation will make it that much easier on our organizers this month.

For which we say…


Thank you, CartoDB

Also many thanks to all of our organizers. It’s your work that makes Maptime the amazing community that it is today.

Want to sponsor a Maptime? Email Tax deductible donations coming soon!

Maptime Bear mascot by Omar Ureta of MaptimeLA

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Posted Mar 03 2015

Maptime Summit at State of the Map US!

Mark your calendar, and make your travel arrangements! We are having our second annual Maptime Summit (and our first full-day affair) on Monday, June 8, 2015, in conjunction with the OpenStreetMap State of the Map US conference!

And if that wasn’t amazing enough, we get to have it at the United Nations headquarters in New York City!

We will post more details in the coming months, but for now we are planning a single track of workshops, lightning talks, and discussion that will happen in parallel with the SOTMUS hackathon day on Monday. Maptime chapter organizers, attendees, and any kind of map fans are all welcome and encouraged to attend!

Got questions? Email for answers! See you in NYC!

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Posted Feb 06 2015

Learning Together in 2015

By the Maptime SF & OAK Gang, which crosses over with HQ a lot

Happy new year, Maptime! There’s lots brewing for 2015 already, and we’re excited to get started with all of it. Conferences, mega-organizer meetings, and chapter support are all on the list, but first we must tend to our primary mission: getting our tutorial schedule together so we can get teaching!

This year, we want to try something new: making a schedule that puts tutorials in some kind of order. We hope that doing this will address a couple important challenges:

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Posted Jan 13 2015