[HOT] HOT Scholarship to SotM? Opinions? Ideas? Thoughts?

Joseph Reeves iknowjoseph at gmail.com
Wed Apr 18 11:31:38 BST 2012

Hi Kate,

When I first saw that SotM was going to be in Japan I wondered if
scholarships would be available, but then I started to think that there was
likely to be people living in areas of HOT deployments (and working on
ongoing projects) that may benefit more from the experience, or the
required finances.

Using SotM to build networks and skill sets with current volunteers seems
like an extremely good use of money, in my opinion. Hardware and imagery
can always be borrowed, leased or put on finance in the future; SotM
scholarships seem like a good way of fostering skills and connections that
may be very hard to establish in any other way. Of course, I've not been
involved in any fund-raising, so it's not my money I'm suggesting gets
spent :)

Cheers, Joseph

On 17 April 2012 23:17, Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com> wrote:

> Hi All,
> I was thinking about the idea of HOT providing a scholarship to one of
> its members to SotM. This is just in the idea phase, meaning I haven't
> discussed it with anyone.
> I wanted to get some feedback on what people think of the idea. Is
> that a useful expenditure of money?  Should the money be better spent
> buying imagery or sending GPS units to areas that don't have them?
> Second if it is a good idea what would be a fair method of determining
> who should go? My thought was an open application process and letting
> people vote or rank people or something like that. The way the regular
> scholarships have worked for SotM in the past is that a committee
> assigned points to the entries.  I don't really like this idea for
> this particular type of scholarship though.
> Once again, this was just a "random Kate idea" not anything that is
> solid right now.  I just wanted to get some feedback.
> -Kate
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