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hot_tech_talk | Takeaways from our open AI challenge

Over the past few years, HOT has taken a leadership role in experimenting with, and facilitating for, the application of open-source and fair artificial intelligence in mapping. What is the status? Well, let me tell you: we are only a few months away now from launching our open AI-mapping service - fAIr. As we speak, around 50 AI engineers from the Omdena community are crunching code with us to narrow down which of the models will give the most optimal AI-assisted mapping for our communities.

Synne Olsen - 3 November, 2022


hot_tech_talk | fAIr: AI-assisted mapping

Here is all you need to know about HOT’s open AI-assisted mapping service: fAIr.

Omran Najjar - 2 November, 2022


Reflections from attending the OpenSourceSummit Europe, September 2022

Hello lovely community members and tech enthusiasts!! I want to share some of my reflections from attending the Open Source Summit in Dublin in mid-September for the very first time! I categorised them into four areas that I hope will be useful for our community! If you are an open source developer, a maintainer of an open source project, or somebody who is interested in getting more involved with open source projects, then this post is for you! Hope you enjoy it - please reach out to me if you have questions(

Petya Kangalova - 5 October, 2022


hot_tech attending SoTM& FOSS4G highlights

It will be hard to capture the connections, learning, excitement and the feeling of community during State of the Map and FOSS4G in a blog, but here are a few highlights and photos on what happened during the various days! Hope you enjoy it!

Petya Kangalova - 9 September, 2022


hot_tech team in Florence, August 2022

We are excited to meet the community and share all that’s happening with the hot_tech team at State of the Map and FOSS4G starting next week!

Petya Kangalova - 11 August, 2022


HOT Tasking Manager Collective: update on the journey so far- July 2022

Thank you to all the contributors and participants in the Tasking Manager Collective. Hope you enjoy reading some of the highlights since the start of our collaboration with the Kathmandu Living Labs team.

Petya Kangalova - 25 July, 2022


OpenAerialMapv2 - Design Testing Phase Results

It's time to share the progress of the OpenAerialMap redesign project again. In previous reports, you could read about the Project Kick-Off and the Design Phase. In June, the Kontur team involved users in the testing phase of the updated design of OAM.

Cristiano Giovando, DK Benjamin, Aliaksandra Tsiatserkina, Misha Malikin - 19 July, 2022


OpenAerialMapv2 - Design Phase Update

We wanted to provide you with an update of the next phase of the OpenAerialMap Project. Hopefully you have already read the Kick Off...

Cristiano Giovando - 2 June, 2022


hot_tech_talk | Apr (ish) 22

This month I have been feeling like the world has been spinning faster than ever. Does anyone else feel that? The days just don’t seem as long as they used to be? Do the image offsets seem to be more often and further than they have been in the past?

Bo - 20 May, 2022


OpenAerialMap v2 Design Kicks Off!

This year HOT joined with Kontur to take a fresh look at OAM and redesign the platform. We will evaluate how OAM could be improved to better support HOT’s vision that everyone has access to high quality map data and use that data responsibly to improve lives and communities. Read the initial findings in this blog and join the user workshops at the end of April.

DK Benjamin - 20 April, 2022


hot_tech_talk | Mar 22

Back once again, and we have connected in real time, in real life, with real people. Read on >>

13 April, 2022


Welcome to the Tasking Manager Collective: how to join & contribute!

We are really excited to be working with Kathmandu Living Labs! Hopefully you have already seen the blog post in welcoming KLL to the...

Petya Kangalova - 23 March, 2022


hot_tech_talk | Mar ‘22

_Happy end of Feb all! (yes, I realise it's already mid March)_\ \ After 2 long grounded years, hot_tech is starting to take off again - both figuratively and literally. Our team is now turning our attention and efforts toward working alongside hubs, contributors, collectives and users to test and evolve existing and potential humanitarian OSM tools increase access, usage and contribution to OSM.

11 March, 2022


New Year, New hot_tech members

Well, what a start to the year it’s been! Like mentioned previously, new directions, new collaborations and, I’m excited to announce, new team members! While you can read the official bios for each new member linked by their name, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce them unofficially to everyone. Please see their unofficial bios and a quick insight into why I’m really glad to have them joining our team.

1 March, 2022


Welcome to the collective, KLL!

It is with great excitement and pleasure that I have the opportunity to officially announce the first member of this tech_collective: Kathmandu Living Labs, who will be taking on the maintenance of the HOT tasking manager for the next 6 months (and possibly beyond).

Bo Percival - 8 February, 2022


hot_tech_talk | Jan 22


4 February, 2022


Expressions of Interest - Tasking Manager Collective Guide (volunteer)

hot_tech is looking for someone to guide the direction of Tasking Manager (TM) and represent the voice of the TM Collective. Could it be you?

19 January, 2022


Experiment: AI assisted open mapping

Hi all,

16 December, 2021


Tasking Manager 4 - a year of improvement!

April marks one year of the launch of Tasking Manager 4.

Wille Marcel - 12 April, 2021


Design Sprintathon

hot_tech kicked off 2021 with what started out with a big idea to run some rapid assessment and design sprints (RaDs). We learned that sprint, drastically underestimates the epic time & efforts it takes to get a sprint across the line. We also learned so much about the collectives we serve and how we can serve them better...

Bo Percival - 2 April, 2021


hot_tech wants to help

So, over at HOT_tech we’ve we’ve been working hard, so you can work easy. Our number one priority is hearing from you, so we’ve...

12 March, 2021


welcome to hot_tech...

As everyone is well aware, it's time to scale up at HOT, and hot_tech is no exception. We have been afforded an ‘Audacious’ opportunity to welcome some impressive new talent into the fold. I was once told never to assume you're the smartest in the room, and with the addition of these four new team members, I know for sure that I am not. Let me be the first to share with you a quick intro to each of the new team members, why they decided to join us, and why we wanted them to be a part of the team.

Bo Percival - 16 December, 2020


Improved notifications and better performance on Tasking Manager

Every two weeks we push a new version of Tasking Manager with new features, bug fixes and enhancements. It has been a while since our last update, so let’s take a look on what is new on Tasking Manager.

Wille Marcel - 7 October, 2020


GSoC 20 - Automatized support for Organised Editing Guidelines

Here is a summary from the GSoC' 20 project that adds automatized support for Organised Editing Guidelines in Tasking Manager.

João Vitor Ramos - 11 September, 2020


Introducing the Slackbot Router: Bringing HOT tools right in our Slack channel

As part of the 2020 Outreachy summer program, we developed a Slackbot Router project that utilises slash commands to deliver information on different HOT tools to the user. This allows the community to more efficiently access and share data between members and increase productivity.

Andria Hibe - 4 September, 2020


What is new in Tasking Manager 4.1

Tasking Manager is in constant improvement. Take a look at the new features available in the 4.1 version.

Wille Marcel - 10 August, 2020


Latest Tasking Manager updates

HOT released Tasking Manager 4.0 in April 2020 and since then the Tech Team is constantly improving it with new features, performance improvements and bug fixes.

Wille Marcel - 9 July, 2020


Launching the Tech HOT Spot!

Welcome to our first blog post! We will be using this space to share stories from HOT Tech Team’s world and talk about ways in which our team plays a strong role in HOT's mission.

Bo Percival, Ramya Ragupathy - 1 July, 2020