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In 2017 the HOT global community activated a total of 11 times for disaster responses, delivering critical base map data to humanitarian partner organizations. HOT also pioneered new approaches for working directly with Syrian refugees in Turkey and South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. By teaching use of OpenStreetMap to document services (and gaps) in their new countries, refugees and host community members took an active role in humanitarian response, pushing the system to become more accountable to the populations it seeks to serve. HOT also pioneered new methods of open data collection to make cities more resilient to natural hazards. Read more…

2019 Annual Report

The HOT community came together in 2019 at unprecedented levels to meet new humanitarian demands. Responding to Cyclone Idai, over 4,000 community members created maps used on the ground by the IFRC and MSF. Community grants in Peru, Tanzania and Zambia made a real impact on the digital gender divide, and new projects were launched in the Philippines to map some of the country’s largest cities and in the DRC to respond to the Ebola outbreak. Remote teams and individuals mapped every road in Indonesia, contributed to “Ayuda Venezuela”, mapped wildfires in Bolivia and areas affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. By the end of 2019, we neared a major milestone - 200,000 mappers. **Read more…**

2018 Annual Report

In 2018 the HOT community continued to build a map of the world where individuals and communities can represent themselves. This involved South Sudanese refugees mapping refugee settlements in Uganda, supporting displaced Venezuelans in the Caribbean, and mapping dense, flood-prone urban areas in Accra, Kampala, and Monrovia as part of Open Cities Africa. We also strived for greater inclusion of unrepresented communities, such as women and girls, by supporting these groups through providing Microgrants and the WomenConnect project in Peru and Tanzania. Our contributor community grew from 100,000 to nearly 160,000 people. **Read more…**

2017 Annual Report

In 2017 the HOT global community activated a total of 11 times for disaster responses, delivering critical base map data to humanitarian partner organizations. HOT also pioneered new approaches for working directly with Syrian refugees in Turkey and South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. By teaching use of OpenStreetMap to document services (and gaps) in their new countries, refugees and host community members took an active role in humanitarian response, pushing the system to become more accountable to the populations it seeks to serve. HOT also pioneered new methods of open data collection to make cities more resilient to natural hazards. Read more…

2016 Annual Report

In 2016 HOT joined the Global Alliance for Urban Crisis, and furthered our work in one of the world’s largest metropolitan areas (Jakarta, Indonesia) and Africa’s fastest-growing city (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania). HOT projects contributed to 11 different SDGs, and with a team of dedicated mappers in Uganda, HOT mapped more than 21,000 financial access points, fundamental to enabling local people to become more economically stable, prosperous and resilient. Our rapid response mapping community was activated for six disasters across Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. Read more…

2015 Annual Report

2015 was HOT’s five year anniversary and a year of unprecedented growth with burgeoning community involvement, increased financial contributions, robust collaboration with multiple renowned partners and our largest and most complex disaster response activation ever in Nepal. We also held our first annual HOT Summit, addressing effective humanitarian and economic development uses of OpenStreetMap (OSM), the world’s premier source of open geospatial data. Read more…