Maptime is an open learning environment for all levels and degrees of knowledge, offering intentional educational support for the beginner. Maptime is simultaneously flexible and structured, creating space for mapping tutorials, workshops, ongoing projects with a shared goal, and independent/collaborative work time. Beginners most welcome!
Maptime was started as an idea at the 2013 State of the Map US conference in response to talk by Alyssa Wright challenging the lack of diversity in OpenStreetMap contributions. Inspired and wanting to become a better mapmaker too, Beth Schechter decided that she wanted to make time, once a week, to get together with friends and make maps. Stamen coworker Camille Teicheira liked the idea and helped to host the first one at Stamen’s office, and Alan McConchie quickly came on board to help out with teaching.
And so Maptime was born, at about 6:30 p.m. on June 13, 2013, in San Francisco, CA:
This initial burst of energy quickly caught the attention of Open Geo in Cleveland run by Will Skora and map education enthusiast Lyzi Diamond, who started the original Portland chapter. These people and others jumped on board, and have been helping to shape the Maptime community ever since. Their local groups have set the precedent for the dozens of Maptime chapters now peppering North America and beyond.
Inspiration for Maptime comes from both hack nights and knitting circles. Both are models of spaces for people to create and learn together. Our goal is to provide this space with an open heart and without pretension. You can bring your own projects to work on, or just hang out and socialize or ask questions. Some people are experts, and some people are just getting started, but all of us are learning, so why not do it together?
That’s our story. Come be a part of it.