We're happy to announce the 30 winners of OpenStreetMap US scholarships to State of the Map US 2015. They are students and educators, community organizers and government employees, mappers and hackers, activists and humanitarians. They come from within and outside of the US, eager to share their knowledge and ask questions about working with OpenStreetMap in their area.
While these 30 scholarship winners come from diverse backgrounds and use OpenStreetMap in different ways, there was a common idea expressed in many of the applications: "I believe that open geographic data can improve our lives."
These individuals stood out among a very competitive pool of over 230 applicants because of their past work with OpenStreetMap or their future potential. If you run into any of them in the hallway at State of the Map US, be sure to ask them about the really cool projects they've been working on!
A big thank you goes to our scholarship sponsors American Red Cross, Google, the World Bank and Mapbox, who made bringing these folks to State of the Map US possible. Your support to bring these amazing contributors to the conference helps us improve the map and strengthen our community. Thanks also to individual OpenStreetMap community members who donated to the scholarship pool to support bringing more people and perspectives to State of the Map US - I'm proud to be part of such a generous community!
If your company would still like to become a sponsor, it's not too late! We have a short waitlist that the selection team would still like to bring to State of the Map US if possible. Please contact us for more details about how to become a sponsor.
Finally, the selection team was impressed by each and every application, and we wish we could offer all of you scholarships to State of the Map US. The opportunity to read about your projects, your experiences, and your love for OpenStreetMap was a gift. Thank you for contributing to OpenStreetMap - we are so glad you are part of the community!