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:
40+ chapters in 4 continents. Hundreds of volunteers & new students. A new website. More tutorials. All made with love and passion. Here’s to every single person who has put their heart and soul into this educational movement this year and to adventures ahead in 2015!
Did you know that Maptime and Code for America are best of friends? There’s so much overlap between the two organizations, you could probably call us cousins. We decided to go with best friends instead.
Today, Code for America announced its 2015 class of fellows, which includes a whopping four Maptime organizers! Huge congrats to:
- Ernie Hsiung, MaptimeMIA
- Imanol Aranzadi, MaptimePR
- Patrick Hammons, MaptimePHL
- Sam Matthews, MaptimeSEA
A huge congratulations to our lovely maptimer fellows!
We’d also like to take this opportunity to point out that there are at least a few Maptime chapters that have been born out of Code for America brigades, including MaptimeHRVA (born from Code for Hampton Roads), MaptimeTulsa (born from Code for Tulsa), MaptimeMIA (born from Code for Miami and MaptimePR (born from Code for Puerto Rico). Are you involved in your local Code for America brigade and hankering for a Maptime in your area? Talk about it with your fellow civic hackers and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Today is #GISDay and it’s also our first #MaptimeNontupleConjunction! Yes you read right, nine #Maptimes in the same day! We’ve got California covered with #MaptimeSF and #MaptimeLA, and #MaptimeCorvallis is repping the great Northwest with their second meetup. In the center of the country #MaptimeBoulder is teaming up with OpenStreetMap to do some food security mapping. On the East Coast we have #Maptime powerhouses #MaptimeNYC and #MaptimeBoston working their open source and open data magic. Canada won’t be left out, with #MaptimeWindsorEssex giving some #Maptime love to Western Ontario and the Greater Detroit Area. Last but not least, overseas we are welcoming #MaptimeAmsterdam and #MaptimeJohannesburg into the #Maptime fold! Maptime <3 <3 <3 worldwide!
Maptime is proud to announce the release of our new website! We recently migrated from WordPress to the dynamic duo of Jekyll and GitHub Pages. Getting involved and contributing ideas to Maptime is now easier than ever.
Static website generators like Jekyll are great. They strip out a lot of complexity of traditional Content Management Systems like configuring databases, security, and servers. Now-a-days putting together a website with Jekyll and serving it for free with GitHub Pages is a snap. This combination of tools for hackers, tinkerers, and learners has been a perfect match for Maptime. Since we’re built on top of the GitHub ecosystem it’s easy for folks to let us know about any problems they might run in to, suggest new features, or get involved in other ways.
Here’s a quick tour of some of the newest features: