Events on OpenStreetMap and National Geographic at Azavea Office

By Dan Ford on February 14th, 2017

Last week we welcomed people interested in open data, maps, data visualization, and story telling to our office to learn from experienced and entertaining speakers. On Monday, MaptimePHL and Girl Develop It (GDI) collaborated to run an Intro to OpenStreetMap (OSM) workshop. On Friday, Brain Jacobs, Senior Graphics Editor at National Geographic described the process of building a few of his latest projects.

Intro to OSM with MaptimePHL & GDI

About 20 people gathered at the Azavea office to learn about OpenStreetMap, an open, collaborative, and free map of the world. The group committed several edits to the open map as they learned how to use the editing platform.

Patrick Hammons, Solution Engineer at Esri and MaptimePHL meetup organizer, managed the workshop. Maptime is an international organization with chapters all over the world. Chapters organize events that give people who love maps the opportunity to sharpen their skills in an extremely beginner-friendly environment. All skill levels are welcome at events – generally, presentations are followed by collaborative working sessions.

You can check out the presentation slides here and find other map tech information on the Maptime resources page.

Maps & Graphics with Brian Jacobs of NatGeo

On Friday, February 10th, GeoPhilly and Hacks/Hackers Philadelphia hosted an event centered around the production of maps and graphics.

GeoPhilly / HacksHackers Meetup Event

Brian Jacobs walked a crowd of 100 people through the processes behind his work on recent projects like “Follow the Elk’s Perilous Journey“, “A Vanishing Aquifer“, and “Rewind the Red Planet“.

Follow the Elk's Perilous Journey by Brian Jacobs

Brian works on mapping and journalism projects that use dynamic visualization techniques to help bring the stories to life. He recently wrote an article that describes the process of creating “Rewind the Red Planet” in detail. You can access the slides from Brian’s presentation here to learn about the technologies he uses to create animated visualizations.

Need an Event Space?

We love to host tech events in our community space. We can accommodate 100 guests in row seating or about 50 people in workshop-style seating with tables.

Contact us to request to reserve the community space for your next tech meetup!