Tyler currently serves as HOT’s Executive Director. He joined HOT in April 2015 after 12 years leading diverse, people-focused, technology and data-enabled projects across the public, private, nonprofit, and international humanitarian sectors for organizations such as the American Red Cross, Save the Children, the United Nations Secretariat, and for Fortune 500 firms as a private sector consultant with Deloitte Consulting. In his role at HOT, Tyler oversees a team of 80 staff deployed globally and works to engage and coordinate the efforts of thousands of HOT disaster mapping volunteers for projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining HOT, Tyler led the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy (New York) community disaster recovery strategy development and implementation and directed a team of community recovery specialists engaging affected residents and community organizations on the ground. Before joining the Red Cross, Tyler worked in a number of post-disaster and community development contexts in the U.S. and internationally. He taught in Metropolitan College of New York’s Emergency Management Program, and developed training curriculum in religious and cultural competency in disaster for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Tyler holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management/Computer Science from Boston College Wallace E. Carroll School of Management.
Reflections on our “Audacious” Journey
“Do you have an ambitious idea for tackling one of the world’s biggest problems?”
Four regions, five years, 94 countries, one billion people
In 2019, the HOT community developed a Strategic Plan, which stated an audacious goal: to map an area home to one billion people in OpenStreetMap. But one key question remained: where?
What if we could map one billion people currently missing from the world’s maps?
We are honored and excited to announce that the HOT community is one of eight recipients of funding from The Audacious Project, a collaborative philanthropic initiative that serves as a springboard for social impact on a grand scale.
Haiti 10 Years Later: Growth of a Humanitarian Mapping Community
Ten years ago this week, on 12 January 2010, Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake - one of the worst disasters in recent history. Within...
Welcome HOT’s New Voting Members for 2019
We are excited to announce 38 new HOT Voting Members! Each year, existing HOT voting members nominate new key contributors from our community to become Voting Members and act as local representatives of HOT’s global network.
HOT’s Journey through Salary Transparency
In September 2018, HOT held an in-person meeting of staff alongside our annual Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. After gathering ideas from staff, we ran a survey. The results: highest priorities for improvement were salary, benefits (specifically health care) and learning. This is the first post about what action we're taking based on what we heard, focusing on what we believe is a major leap forward for HOT: salary transparency.
Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week Roundup
Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week is a week when more than 25 networks and partnerships hold annual meetings in Geneva. This year, the event was held from February 4-8 and co-chaired by OCHA and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). HOT is a member of two of the networks: the Humanitarian to Humanitarian (known as the “H2H Network”) and the Global Alliance for Urban Crises.
HOT Endorses the Principles for Digital Development
In October 2018, HOT officially endorsed the Principles for Digital Development, joining just over 100 organizations who have done so to date. The Digital Principles are nine “living” guidelines designed to help digital development practitioners integrate established best practices into technology-enabled programs. The Principles focus heavily on many of HOT's core values, including community, openness, collaboration, and innovation and will continue to guide our work going forward.
Update on HOT’s Strategic Planning Process
Given the short-term nature of humanitarian funding and project-centered work, HOT has historically operated under relatively short-term, often one or two year planning cycles....
Funds for community-led projects: the 2017 HOT Microgrants program
OpenStreetMap (OSM) community leaders are achieving amazing results on zero or near-zero budgets. Many have a desire or opportunity to map their local communities,...
Mapping the world’s vulnerable places begins with you!
Help HOT provide 10 communities with equipment and funding to map!Many of the world's most vulnerable places do not exist on any map. Meet 12 leaders who are working to change that by putting their communities on the global map for the first time. You can show your support by making a donation today.
Missed the HOT Summit? Watch it online!
Last month (September), more than 150 HOT community members and partners from around the world attended the 2016 HOT Summit in Brussels. The Summit...
OSM GeoWeek is November 13th-19th: Host a Mapping Event!
November 13th–19th is Geography Awareness Week. Join HOT as we prepare to make the third annual OSM Geography Awareness Week (“OSM GeoWeek”) the best...
Work for HOT! Open Job Opportunities
HOT welcomes qualified applicants to apply to work with us! There are currently three open positions closing this week and next:Deadline Oct 21: Community Partnerships Manager - Missing MapsDeadline Oct 21: Product Manager - HOT Tasking Manager Re-DesignDeadline Oct 31: System Administrator/DevOps Engineer (Part-time)
2015 in Review: HOT's Annual Report
HOT's 2015 Annual Report is now online! The report and projects described within have been possible because of the commitment and dedication of HOT's global community and partner organizations. A special thanks to the dozens of HOT board members, staff, and volunteers who contributed to producing HOT's first comprehensive annual report.
HOT Joins the Group on Earth Observations
In July, HOT was voted in as a participating organization of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). Forums like GEO that emphasize sharing of free and open Earth observation data are critical to evolve the methods and standards to make data and information more accessible. GEO is building the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to connect the world's environmental and socio-economic data sources. Membership in the global data-sharing body brings opportunities for HOT to contribute to use of Earth observation data and information for better decision-making.
Introducing the Mapillary Humanitarian Mapping Kit, in Partnership with HOT
Guest post by Sandra Uddbäck, team member at Mapillary. Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) does amazing work in building and supporting local mapping communities around...
HOT's Commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, and How You Can Help
When I speak with HOT staff and volunteers in our community, I often ask what they've heard about the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs for short. Sometimes, people have heard of the term, or know that the term is somehow related to the United Nations. I often chat about the types of mapping projects they're working on. In the past month, the answers have been incredibly varied: HOT staff are mapping safe bicycle routes and access to sanitation (public toilets) in Tanzania; banks, ATMs, and mobile money agent locations in Uganda, and are about to start mapping critical disaster "lifeline" infrastructure in two of the biggest cities in Indonesia. In addition, HOT volunteer leaders are working on dozens more projects throughout the world across sectors: education, environment, health, transportation, water and sanitation. These projects are all taking place in challenging contexts: megacities in developing countries, refugee camps, and unplanned urban and rural housing settlements.So what does this have to do with the SDGs?
HOT at the World Humanitarian Summit
From May 22-25, six HOT board members, staff, and volunteers will participate in the first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. The World Humanitarian...
Latest Update: Earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador
Ecuador: An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 hit the coastal region of Ecuador on April 16th. This major event was followed by several aftershocks. HOT is currently at "Moderate Event (Local Leadership)" status and is continuing to monitor the situation and await more guidance from colleagues in Ecuador.Japan: On April 14th and 15th, several earthquakes hit Kumamoto Japan. Our colleagues at Crisis Mappers Japan (http://crisismappers.jp/) are taking the lead on mapping the affected areas in OpenStreetMap. Several members of Crisis Mappers Japan traveled to Kumamoto this weekend to assess data needs. HOT is monitoring the situation and will provide additional support as needed.
Jakarta Attacks: HOT Indonesia Team Safe
Today, on the morning of 14 January, there were a number of explosions due to suicide bombers and shooting across the street from the...
2015 HOT in numbers
To all in the global HOT community: As we begin 2016 I am incredibly proud of what we accomplished together as a global community this...
Access to Open Imagery: Innovation and OpenAerialMap
The Humanitarian Innovation Fund recently published HOT's latest OpenAerialMap blog post written by Cristiano Giovando: http://www.elrha.org/hif-blog/openaerialmap-final-blog/
HOT launches $50,000 crowdfunding campaign - donate today!
https://donate.hotosm.org You can make the difference in helping HOT meet it's fundraising target for 2015 and raise $50,000 in the next 50 days. Mapbox...
Nepal Earthquake: A note of thanks to HOT’s aerial imagery providers
Aerial imagery is key to the work that HOT undertakes each day of the year. During a crisis, the need becomes even more...
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