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Nate Smith

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Nate is a product manager working to build mapping products that solve tough societal challenges. He has been a long time member of HOT and served as Director of Technology for HOT from 2017 to 2019. Currently, he is the Head of Product for maps at Gojek. He oversees business and product development for maps across Southeast Asia.

Nate has over ten years of expertise in building mapping products in emerging markets across Africa and Asia. His experience has focused on building solutions for humanitarian response and solving societal challenges with open source and open data. He has rich experience in OpenStreetMap and satellite imagery, and he has contributed to the development of OpenAerialMap, Tasking Manager, MapCampaigner, and many of HOT’s tools used today.


Bringing machine learning and open data to the Tasking Manager

Addressing the unmapped gap with higher quality and greater efficiency. Photo above from the Tasking Manager meeting held last month in Washington, DC.

20 March, 2019

Tasking Manager Update: New Version Released!

As December has started we’ve also released another update to the Tasking Manager. Head to and start mapping to check them out.

3 December, 2018

Hacktoberfest Update: Tasking Manager Improvements and More

Hacktoberfest has been a great success and has helped support many of our core open source projects. Check out the progress and continue to get involved during the last week of the month.

23 October, 2018

Hacktoberfest: A Call for Contributing to Social Impact Projects

Join in the celebration of open source software by contributing to the Tasking Manager or other open source projects maintained by HOT.

4 October, 2018

Getting to grips on tag quality with MapCampaigner

Last year at State of the Map in Boulder we announced a new tool called MapCampaigner. Today we're opening it up to anyone to create campaigns.

25 September, 2018

Open Imagery for Humanitarian Mapping

Analysis of imagery source use within the Tasking Manager

19 September, 2018

Integrating Machine Learning into the Tasking Manager: Notes on a Direction

We're moving towards how we leverage machine learning tools to improve data quality and help mappers map. Above is a shot from our design workshop we held at the HOT Summit in Dar es Salaam on August 31. Read more below about our ideas and a direction we'd like to see within the Tasking Manager.

17 September, 2018

Launching Visualize Change!

Today we’re launching Visualize Change, a new tool to see the change of OpenStreetMap over time. Anyone can automate the creation of embedded and...

4 September, 2018

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