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

Joseph Reeves iknowjoseph at gmail.com
Thu Apr 19 13:35:03 BST 2012

hi Kate,

Would we have more chance of securing funding if HOT sent someone to present?

Perhaps HOT could submit a general case study paper into the "Help
People Helping" session and then try to raise the funds to send
someone to talk about their experiences? People wanting to apply for
the scholarship could then pitch their case study to Hotties and a
vote be held. The winner gets to give the paper at SotM and some
generous donor gets to enjoy the "brought to you by" status.

That's just me thinking aloud about it...

Cheers, Joseph

On 18 April 2012 18:32, Kate Chapman <kate at maploser.com> wrote:
> 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.
> -Kate
> 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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