“Maptime is a collection of beginner-focused community groups for learning geospatial technology, techniques, and concepts, particularly using open source tools and hands-on practice and exercises. But Maptime is also an important idea: it shouldn’t be so hard to learn, and we have the power to make it easier – and teach ourselves in the process” : from http://lyzidiamond.com/posts/why-maptime/
We had our first Maptime WindsorEssex meetup today! It was dedicated to Open Street Map. Here’s some of the stuff we shared:
To learn how to add any kind of thing to the OSM map:
To learn what is good OSM practice:
To learn what features are missing names in Windsor:
Thanks everyone who came out! Sign up for the Hackforge newsletter to know when Maptime will be next!
Everyone get mappy! It’s Maptime Windsor Essex!
If you are interested in learning more about making web maps, please join us at Hackforge on May 13th at 7pm for Maptime!
Maptime started in 2013 as an idea at the State of the Map conference (link: ) as a way to get folks interested in map-making together for regular meet ups. Since then, the idea has spread from San Francisco, to New York, to Toronto and now to Windsor.
So if you are curious, please come along and join us and bring a laptop if you can. We’ll start off our first get together talking about and hopefully adding to OpenStreetMap.
Thank you everyone who came out and joined Open Data Windsor Essex celebration of International Open Data Day 2014. The theme of our event was ‘Get Your Data on the Map.’
After I gave a brief welcome and Introduction to Open Data, Philip Aylesworth gave a great presentation on the power and potential of using Google Fusion tables to produce both maps and data cards.
Doug Sartori and Jason Pomerleau then spoke to the group about some of the challenges that they faced using Open Data in a commercial app that they are currently building.
After my Introduction to Web Mapping, Randy Topliffe gave an impromptu taster of a future Tech Talk on making Data Beautiful using ReThinkDB, Pandas, and iPython Notebook.
Thank you everyone who spent the day with us and a special thank you goes out to the City of Windsor for making their Open Data Catalogue available to everyone.
Ever wanted to create your own game?
Take the opportunity to learn more about game development, and mix it with a bit of friendly competition!
This two-week event will be comprised of teams going head to head to create games on various platforms, from vintage computers to modern mobile devices.
Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, with awards being made in a variety of categories.
Event Kickoff: Saturday August 17th @ 9:00 am
Learn more about the competition and meet prospective teammates.
Initial orientation and Presentations
9:00 – Kickoff
9:30 – Randy McCall on “The MDA theory of game design”
10:30 – Anthony Garrafa on the game loop
11:30 – Doug Sartori on “AI for zero-sum games”
Afternoon Developer Workshop
Learn more about specific technologies and techniques being used to develop games.
Members of the Hackforge’s volunteer developer community will be available to provide guidance to participating teams.
All are welcome!
Professional Android developer Randy Topliffe is going to talk about the basics of developing software for the Android platform. Q&A and pub night to follow.
More info on Meetup.com.