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

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Wed Apr 18 18:32:37 BST 2012

Hi Joseph,

I think one of the issues we'll face however is it is hard to raise
money just to send people to conferences. I was fortunate to be able
to bring 7 people from Indonesia last year.

Honestly I was only imaging 1 scholarship to be possible if at all.

I wonder if any countries have ever done a fundraiser for one person
to go.  It would be an interesting approach to things. Similar to the
"mapping lottery" that happens a couple SotM's ago.


On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 6:31 AM, Joseph Reeves <iknowjoseph at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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