2015 Maptime Summit - So Many Things and So Many Thanks!

by Beth

A great big (belated) THANK YOU! to everyone who came to the 2015 Maptime Summit!

Maptime Group Shot

Wow. Wow wow wow.

Those are the only words I can use to describe the feelings after the Maptime Summit. Many thanks to everyone who made it out! We had representation from Amsterdam, Berlin, Madison, Vancouver, New York City, Boston, Lexington, Washington DC, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Bend, Cleveland, and Portland, as well as people interested in starting up in Taipei, Beijing, and Trento. To think that last year we were blown away by the 9 chapters who showed interest…we’ve gotten nearly six times bigger!

With this growth in mind, this year’s Summit took a bit of a different shape than last year’s. It’s not just about the excitement of getting people on board for learning. While that’s still the case, these days we’re all – and I mean HQ as well as chapter organizers, particularly the ones that have been going for a year or more – thinking about how to sustain ourselves. How do we deal with burnout? How do we deal with paying for spaces and snacks? How do we keep this wonderful rainbow aglow?

In the opening remarks, we talked about some important changes that will hopefully help with that. First, Lyzi will be stepping up as Executive Director, and while I’m stepping sideways and back into a role as President of the Board (we’ll talk more about organizational stuff in not-so-distant future blog post). The other important change is: it’s time to ask for dollars, even from attendees. The idea is not to turn Maptime into a commercial enterprise. However, it’s a lot to ask an organizer to pay for a space on top of everything else, particularly if they can’t find a sponsor. It’s much less of an ask to request a $5-10 donation from attendees. Even if someone has to pay a small amount at every Maptime, they are still only looking at $60-120/year, which is pretty competitive for geo education (especially in the US). Again, look for more blog posts about these operational topics in the not-so-distant future.

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Posted Jun 22 2015

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:

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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

Maptime Summit!

Maptime Summit at State of the Map

June 8, 2015 // New York, NY // NYU Kimmel Center

9:30am – 4:30pm
Kimmel Center NYU Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life
238 Thompson St 3rd Floor

UPDATES! due to space change from UN to the Kimmel Center, we’ve had to reduce the number of tickets available. We also have to be out of the room by 5pm (including clean-up). Please see schedule change below.

Calling all Maptime organizers, attendees, and enthusiasts! Maptime Summit is coming, and we want you to be there.

On Monday, June 8th (immediately following State of the Map US 2015), join us at the NYU Kimmel Center for a day full of learning, collaboration, and excitement as we get to know each other and strengthen the ties throughout our international Maptime landscape. During the Maptime Summit, you can expect to:

  • Share your experiences and things you've made at Maptime
  • Organize with other Maptimers around topics you're interested in (like Maptime for Kids!)
  • Get insight on making your own tutorials and better using the ones available
  • Learn how you can get involved with Maptime HQ
  • Strengthen your chapter and your relationships with other chapters
  • Have a TON of fun!

Registration is now open for this historic event. RSVP today and come join us in New York!


9:30 Sign-in
10:00 Welcoming announcements
10:30 Chapter Lightning Talks
11:15 BREAK!
11:30 Unconference Session 1
12:15 Group photo!
12:30 LUNCH!
1:30 Tutorial & Educational Development Training
2:15 Unconference Session 2
3:00 BREAK!
4:15 HQ Logistics Q+A / Github for Maptime Organizers
4:00 Closing remarks! Sign the big map! Hugs!

The day will conclude with the closing State of the Map Party at Mapzen, in conjunction with GeoNYC! And yes, there will be karaoke.


Many thanks to our amazing volunteer team, who have us covered during the event. Bert Spaan, Katie Kowalsky, Shawn Goulet, and Dan Swick, you all rock!


The Maptime Summit would not be possible without support from CartoDB, Mapbox, Mapzen, and Stamen Design. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support!

See you in New York!

Posted Mar 23 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, Meetup.com 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 hello@maptime.io. Tax deductible donations coming soon!

Maptime Bear mascot by Omar Ureta of MaptimeLA

Posted Mar 03 2015