Category Archives: volunteer opportunity

MapQuest Professors Host “Hour of Code” Academy

www10.giscafe.com  DENVER — (BUSINESS WIRE) — December 8, 2014

MapQuest, Inc., today launched a weeklong program dedicated to providing Denver Public School students with an “Hour of Code” instruction. Over the course of Computer Science Week (Dec. 8-14), each MapQuest employee in its headquarter office will lead an “Hour of Code” session providing code curriculum, an introduction to real careers that STEM education can lead to, mentoring, a completion certificate and homework to continue the learning. The experience is meant to provide actual tactical knowledge, as well as reduce the barriers to STEM higher education and careers for students everywhere of every age.

MapQuest’s participation in the global “Hour of Code” underscores its belief in investing in STEM education for all and creating more opportunities for girls to choose a STEM field. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies are essential to day operations at MapQuest affecting every department, every project, and every product and service offered to consumers.

“Hour of Code” is an initiative by CSEdWeek and code.org to introduce computer programming to 10 million students and encourage them to learn programming. Curriculum and instruction tips were provided by code.org and several other accredited organizations, and technologists across the country were encouraged to offer time, instruction and mentoring to students in their communities.

MapQuest and AOL volunteers in Denver, Dulles, San Francisco and New York will be instructing one-hour classes around code that is pre-accredited, engaging and a baseline for future computer science study and development.

“While I’m happy these students will walk away with a general understanding of how code works, I’m happier the kids have a mentor and a friend to help them understand how and why code is cool,” said Brian McMahon, general manager, MapQuest. “Obstacles and intimidation prevent so many from learning the basics of code, and this immersion will help lay the foundation that computer science is fun, interesting and the future of nearly every industry.”

Representatives from the Department of Children’s Affairs, City of Denver; Colorado Technology Association; Denver Public Schools, and University Preparatory charter school students attended a pep rally at MapQuest before kicking off the inaugural hour of code in Denver.

Learning sessions will continue throughout the week with on- and offline lessons taught by the MapQuest Professor teams. Host to numerous student groups throughout the year, MapQuest hopes to create an easy architecture and network of Colorado technology businesses that can support STEM activities within the community going forward.  Full link here.

Watch highlight footage here: https://vimeo.com/113956485

NOVA Goes OSM (Open Street Map)

About 40 volunteers gathered Saturday morning at NOVA’s Reston Center to map food resources in their communities.  The Map-a-Thon was hosted by NOVA’s student ASPRS (remote sensing) chapter.  Partners in the effort were Mason’s ASPRS chapter, MappingDC, Open Street Map, and MapGive.  Mappers used Open Street Map to plot and tag farmers markets (and vendors) in their communities.  The event was open to the public and supported the Geography Awareness Week theme of food security.

 

Volunteers mapping Farmers Markets
Volunteers mapping Farmers Markets

Click here to learn more about Open Street Map and Geography Week.

Esri Federal Users Conference (Student Volunteers Needed)

Conference dates:  9-10 Feb 2015; Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Washington, D.C.)

Esri is seeking student volunteers to support its annual Federal GIS Conference and Developer Summit,Washington, DC (DEV DC). You can attend this event for free in exchange for volunteering a day or more of your time.

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how geospatial technology supports mission-critical activities at agencies across the nation. The Esri Federal GIS Conference and the DEV DC host the largest gathering of federal geospatial leaders, decision makers, and geographic information system (GIS) professionals. Esri® solutions support many disciplines including land and natural resources, health and human services, science and exploration, national security, and global affairs.

Volunteer duties may include

• Greeting and offering assistance to attendees.

• Taking on-site registrations.

• Handing out and collecting surveys.

• Monitoring sessions and counting attendance.

As stated above this is a student program,  if you are interested in participating please send an email request to ucstudents@esri.com with your resume attached.  If selected, you will be sent an email confirming your Volunteer status.

Federal User’s Conference and Developer Summit STUDENT ASSISTANTSHIPS

This is a great opportunity and something you could add to your GIS resume:

Esri is seeking student volunteers to support its annual Federal GIS Conference and Developer Summit,

Washington, DC (DEV DC). You can attend this event for free in exchange for volunteering a day or more of your time.

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how geospatial technology supports mission-critical activities at agencies

across the nation. The Esri Federal GIS Conference and the DEV DC host the largest gathering of federal geospatial

leaders, decision makers, and geographic information system (GIS) professionals. Esri® solutions support many

disciplines including land and natural resources, health and human services, science and exploration, national security,

and global affairs.

Volunteer duties may include

• Greeting and offering assistance to attendees.

• Taking on-site registrations.

• Handing out and collecting surveys.

• Monitoring sessions and counting attendance.

As stated above this is a student program,  if you are interested in participating please send an email request to ucstudents@esri.com with your resume attached.  If selected, you will be sent an email confirming your Volunteer status.

(Association of American Geographers) AAG Community College Travel Grants

AAG Community College Travel Grants

Deadline: November 1, yearly

Support from this grant program is awarded to outstanding students from community colleges, junior colleges, city colleges, or similar two-year educational institutions to attend the next AAG Annual MeetingThese travel funds are generously provided by Darrel Hess and Robert and Bobbé Christopherson.  The award consists of meeting registration, one year membership in the AAG, and a travel expense subsidy of $500 to be used to defray the costs of attending the AAG Annual Meeting.

Eligibility: You are eligible to apply if you are a student currently enrolled at a US community college, junior college, city college, or similar two-year educational institution at the time you submit your application. Students from minority and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. You do NOTneed to formally participate in the meeting (e.g. paper presentation, poster, panel, etc.) to be eligible. However, if you do, please acknowledge support from the program in any presentations or publications.

Criteria: Selection will be based on the overall quality of the application, scholastic excellence and academic promise. Preference will be given to geography majors, or from institutions which do not have geography programs, to applicants who have taken geography courses and/or plan to continue to study geography in four-year institutions. Financial need will also be considered. The selection committee will observe the purposes and preferences noted above when evaluating proposals. Two to four awards will be made annually. Awards may not be made in years when funds are insufficient or proposals are not suitable.

Applications:

Applications consist of a form, unofficial transcripts, and a letter of reference.

  • Please completely enter all information requested on our online application form. You will upload your unofficial transcripts to this form.
  • Applicants should also arrange for the submission of ONE Letter of Recommendation from a college instructor sent as in the body of an email or as an attachment from the instructor’s own email address tograntsawards@aag.org .

Acknowledgement of receipt of application materials will be returned within a maximum of 2-3 business days. All applicants will be notified of the status of their submission within 2 months after the deadline.

Conditions of Receiving Travel Grants:

Awardees must agree in writing to attend the AAG Annual Meeting and should keep all travel related receipts as expense documentation, to be provided upon request. After the meeting, awardees will also write a 2-3 page paper describing the sessions and events they attended, reporting on networking activities, and reflecting upon the experience for their learning goals and career aspirations.

Eligible applicants are also encouraged to consider application to the AAG Hess Community College Geography Scholarship Program.

You Can Help Map the Ebola Zone and Fight the Outbreak

Gillian Mahoney, ABC News  6 Aug 2014

To fight the worst Ebola outbreak in history, the American Red Cross is attempting to get ahead of the virus by creating the most detailed maps of rural towns and villages so officials can track the deadly virus as it spreads.

The aid group is enlisting volunteers — maybe even you — to help map the areas hard hit by the virus through its Geographic Information System program. Anyone who wants to volunteer can joinonline.

Dale Kunce, the leader of the American Red Cross Geographic Information System (GIS) team, said it works with input from people in the field to oversee volunteers as they detail maps by poring over satellite imagery of houses, schools and remote villages.

“One of the more interesting requests was from the [World Health Organization to] start looking at cemeteries,” said Kunce. “It’s very important in the Ebola outbreak because it’s where the infection [can occur.]”

 

Read more here.

Calendar: Upcoming Geospatial Events in Our Area

Thanks Gustavo!  Thanks, Melanie!

  • The Making of MapStory: A hands-on walk through of how data can be turned into a map. Saturday, April 5.
  • Women in Geospatial Meetup: Panel discussion around the theme of are maps sexists and how to bring people from all walks into the geospatial space. Thursday, April 10.
  • QGIS Meetup: All day event with sessions on QGIS in use and workshops on how to use it. Friday, April 11.
  • Mapbox Garage Party: To kick off State of the Map and to bring people together to talk OpenStreetMap, Mapbox is hosting a party. Friday, April 11.
  • State of the Map US: A two-day conference all about OpenStreetMap. Come learn about OSM, see it in use, discuss the future of the project, and meet other mappers. Saturday & Sunday, April 12 & 13.
  • OpenStreetMap Sprint Day: This is a hands on day to work on OpenStreetMap. Bring your own project or help the Red Cross map Ebola, learn how to make aerial maps with balloons, or go surveying to add new data to OpenStreetMap in DC. Monday, April 14.

USGS: No Foolin’—You Can Contribute to National Mapping

from www.directionsmag.com

Tuesday, April 1st 2014
Read More About: crowdsource, nationalmap, usgs

USGS: No Foolin’—You Can Contribute to National Mapping

This April marks the one year anniversary of the USGS’s The National Map Corps (TNMCorps) transition from a small regional pilot project in the heart of Denver, Colo., into a very successful nation-wide project.  During the past year, civilian volunteers in every state have increasingly provided accurate mapping data to the National Geospatial Program’s publically available application called The National MapClick to read more.

Crowd-sourcing with Imagery (MH370)

Help Search For MH370 Through Tomnod Satellite Images

By . Filed in Tools

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 carrying 239 passengers and crew members en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared early Saturday morning, within hours after departing. Five days in, despite a huge search and rescue mission of planes and vessels from 12 countries (so far), the whereabouts of the plane is still unknown.

DigitalGlobe’s crowdsourced search platform, Tomnod, lets anyone with an Internet connection help in the search for MH370. Harnessing detailed satellite images of the region in which the plane is believed to have disappeared, the site is asking for users to comb through satellite images and tag objects of interest that they find.

So far, more than 600,000 has participated in the exercise, and you can too.

Recommended Reading: Download Offline Maps With GPS Navigation On Android With OsmAnd

Search For MH370 With Tomnod

To get started, just visit the Tomnod website. Click through the introductory text and press Start Tagging! on the Tomnod screen to start your search. You can also scroll down and find a bit more info about what you’re expected to help tag.

Open Street Map Needs Volunteers (Apr 12-13, Wash. DC)

OpenStreetMap conference – State of the Map US – will be in DC next month on April 12 & 13.

This two-day event will bring together 400 people involved in mapping, GIS, open data, and using location data in their work and lives. There will be tons of opportunities to learn about OpenStreetMap and mapping overall, share your own experiences, and connect with people in this space. Plus it’s right in town at the Convention Center.

The OSM team is looking for volunteers for the event, and is offering free registration to volunteers in exchange for assistance with registration and/or room moderation. There may also be an option for a discounted student registration if there is interest in that option. If you are sure that you would like to participate, please fill out this form:   https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1XkIF2NPmxgzXtsFKllzSkRbfcrsuFuqRFuzSw9UGDGg/viewform and Eva Stern will pass your name along to the OSM Conference organizers.