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Nate Smith

StaffVoting MemberDirector, Technology Innovation


Nate is the Director of Technology at HOT. He helps lead the Tech Working Group and supports all technology-related projects. Previously as a technical project manager at HOT, he worked on satellite imagery and health related projects. He’s actively involved in the Technical, Imagery Coordination, Activation, and Fundraising Working Groups.


HOT Conversations at State of the Map 2018

There has been a lot of activity lately within the HOT Community and we’re ready to share this at State of the Map 2018...

28 July, 2018

Open Cities Africa Kicks off in Kampala

The latest installment of the Open Cities project, Open Cities Africa, from the World Bank kicked off last week in Kampala. We were there...

22 June, 2018

A fresh look for

Today we flipped the switch on a new look for The new design has updated information on projects, new ways of accessing information...

12 June, 2018

Welcoming summer work on open source tools through Outreachy and Google Summer of Code

Welcome to the new Google Summer of Code and Outreachy students! The HOT Community is getting a significant amount of support this summer on...

7 May, 2018

HOT Tech in 2018

This year has been a busy year for technology within the HOT community. We launched new versions of nearly all the core HOT tools...

22 November, 2017

Field mapping organizer reaches first major milestone

We've just finalized our first major milestone in the development of a new tool to improve how the HOT community organizes field mapping. Field...

18 August, 2017

Making HOT’s Design Experience Sizzle

Updates on our design strategy progress Over the past few months, we’ve started a process to analyze and review HOT’s look and feel across...

9 August, 2017

Collaborating with IOM, the UN Migration Agency, on OpenStreetMap

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has recently signed a cooperation agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN's Migration Agency. This new...

9 June, 2017

Organized, distributed OpenStreetMap field mapping

One month ago we held a community chat about developing a new application to support OpenStreetMap field mapping. Our chat focused on getting input...

24 May, 2017

Uploading made easier: new options available for OpenAerialMap

Since OpenAerialMap launched we’ve required imagery to be stored in a publicly accessible place prior to upload. This enable us to focus more on...

3 April, 2017

Imagery released for Cyclone Enawo to support mapping activities

High-resolution satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe is now open and available for the Cyclone Enawo response. One week ago, the powerful cyclone made landfall on...

15 March, 2017

Growing OpenAerialMap with Responsible Imagery

HOT is working to grow OpenAerialMap to be a long-lasting open imagery resource to OpenStreetMap and humanitarian communities. With new funding from the Humanitarian Innovation...

13 February, 2017

Making open imagery accessible: OpenAerialMap comes out of beta

Open satellite and aerial imagery can be difficult to find, access and use. For HOT and our humanitarian partners, open imagery has been critical...

31 January, 2017

Analyzing OpenStreetMap for the fight against malaria

The fight against malaria with OpenStreetMap (OSM) gets a boost today. HOT won a grant from Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative funded by the...

15 November, 2016

New Features for OpenAerialMap

OpenAerialMap is focused on creating a simple and easy experience for finding and publishing aerial imagery. This past week, we released three new features...

28 July, 2016

New Documentation and Design System for OpenAerialMap

We've just rolled out the start of a new documentation and design system for OpenAerialMap. Four main components make up the OAM ecosystem: an...

25 May, 2016