GIStribe's first Google Hangout went off without a hitch! Almost. Well not really. In fact, to be totally honest I thought it was a complete loss when I had trouble getting our featured guest, Lyzi Diamond, with me in the hangout on air broadcasting area online. But after the initial bump in the road, we hardly had any difficulties at all!
It was great to hangout with Lyzi and learn all about Maptime, from its inception in San Francisco to its current global expansion. Maptime is a freely structured non-organization of an organization that provides people who want to learn to make maps of any kind with all kinds of great resources to do so.
Maptime meetups are popping up in cities all over the US, and extending their reach into other countries as well, including Canada, the UK, Scotland, Germany, the Czech Republic...The truth is, Maptime knows no borders. The resources they provide are available online for anyone to use either to learn from themselves, or to share with others. The original organizers use readily available online tools like Twitter and Email to help guide new organizers in setting up new chapters.
You can watch the hangout right here to learn more.
To find out if there's a Maptime chapter near you, you can check out this map, or you can look through the list of official Maptime groups on Twitter.
Anyone interested in starting a Maptime group in their own stomping
grounds can get support and resources to do so. To begin, simply contact Maptime.
I want to give a big shout out to Lyzi and all of the inspiring people over at Maptime for helping empower mappers across the globe, and for making this hangout a success. And thanks to all the movers and shakers at #GIStribe for planting the seed for this hangout in the first place!