OSM Awards 2018

This year, we are again presenting the OpenStreetMap Awards! Nine nominees will receive an award in nine categories at the State of the Map 2018 conference. This is a community award: you decide who the nominees are, before you vote for them.

Call For Nominees: Suggest a person, a group or an organization for an award. We only ask for three pieces of information: a name, a project (what did they do to claim an award), and optionally an URL for any web page that describes the project. Eligible is everything that was announced after 2017-07-01. The call for nominees ends on the 31th of May.

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Improving the Africa Award

For building the community and improving the map in African countries.

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Laura Mugeha
Laura is a student and Youth Mappers’ lead. She contributes to HOT tasks and organizes mapathons e.g. the Geoweek 2017 and the LetGirlsMap campaign with organizations like Map Kibera and Ushahidi Kenya. Has also organized and led training sessions on iD and JOSM in addition to other software (QGIS) and web mapping (OpenLayers and ArcGIS Online). She organized the Annual JKUAT GIS Day in 2017.
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Ingrid Martha Kintu
Ingrid Martha is vice president of the GeoYouthMappers chapter at Makerere University, Uganda. She has participated in the organizing of mapping training sessions for students, the major focus being on the use of JOSM and the iD editor. This was done with the aim of increasing the number of mappers so as to have more people contributing to OSM. She has also participated in the preparation of mapathons every semester (with an increasing number each time).
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tshedy
Dedicated to mapping Lesotho and improving the future of her country. She has taught students in secondary school in Ireland to map and at home to help bring a country that hasn't been properly mapped into the 21st century. She is also studying planning to extend her skills and will be using open data to both train locals and keep the data accessible and customized for for the needs of the people.
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Mapeando Meu Bairro Mozambique
Mapeando Meu Bairro have over doubled the mapping community in Maputo, Mozambique in the past year, mapping cultural heritage in Mafalala, and replicating some of the work of Ramani Huria in Tanzania through mapping drainage and urban vulnerability to flooding. Led by Remigio Chilaule, the community has gone from strength to strength in the face of significant barriers – particularly access to equipment and computer literacy.
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OSM Niger
I'd like to nominate Samaila Alio and OSM Niger for their work growing the community in Niger over the past year. With the help of a HOT Microgrant, they have provided OSM training to 143 people, and improved gender balance in their community, mapping 177506 edits in OSM.
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Crowd2Map Tanzania
Crowd2Map is a volunteer-run mapping project that unites over 2,000 remote mappers worldwide with over 600 community mappers on the ground in Tanzania. Their mission is to put rural Tanzania on the map! Since 2015, they have been adding schools, hospitals, roads, buildings and villages to OpenStreetMap. They have experiences and approaches that the wider OSM community should celebrate and learn from!
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