The event, a lunch-hour session for crowd-editing maps of natural disaster sites like Puerto Rico, was born out of a similar Philly Tech Week 2017 event in May. To get more folks around the world to join the effort, Ford wrote a beginner’s guide to help entry-level technologists start mapping.
“Anyone with a passion for volunteering, philanthropy, or helping others can participate,” Ford writes.
— Dan Ford (@DanJFord) September 29, 2017
The FAQ breaks down the process of logging in to the Humanitarian Open StreetMap Team platform, selecting a project and using a series of tools to provide updated information to NGOs and relief workers on the ground.
Ford is in talks with a few Philly tech companies to get them to join the #HOTLunch push, happening the last Wednesday of every month at 12 p.m. Eastern time.