[talk-ph] Fwd: [OSM-talk] Scholarship program to State of the Map 2011

Eugene Alvin Villar seav80 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 2 15:18:15 BST 2011

Hi Andre,

I agree that it's a bit tight. But I asked my officemate who went to
the US last year and he said that he had a rush US visa application
since he has a conference to attend in connection with his MBA. He got
his appointment schedule in 2 weeks and the processing took 1 week.

So maybe it's possible. :-)


On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 4:32 PM, Andre Marcelo-Tanner
<andre at enthropia.com> wrote:
> Wow, when are they gonna decide
> does anyone already have a US visa?
> <3 months to get a visa isnt the best timetable :)
> On 3:59 AM, maning sambale wrote:
>> Hoping we can finally send a Filipino rep.
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Coast, Hurricane<hurricane.coast at mapquest.com>
>> Date: Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 4:35 AM
>> Subject: [OSM-talk] Scholarship program to State of the Map 2011
>> To: "talk at openstreetmap.org"<talk at openstreetmap.org>
>> The State of the Map Committee is excited to announce a program to
>> cover full travel and accommodations costs for mappers to attend State
>> of the Map 2011 in Denver, Colorado (United States). We’re seeking
>> nominations from the community for potential mappers.
>> We are seeking people from places where costs would prohibit
>> attendance, developing countries, and places that are “interesting”
>> geopolitically. The ideal candidates for funding are from countries
>> with a small OSM community, perhaps just a few mappers in total. They
>> have made a significant start at mapping their city, either through
>> imagery or with their own GPS, and are directly familiar with the
>> process of OSM. They may have started communicating among themselves,
>> and made plans and scoped out the process for their local district.
>> But, the community is nowhere near critical mass, and they need the
>> inspiration and support to take OSM to the next level.
>> We need to act fast! State of the Map is just over 3 and a half months
>> away, tickets and visas need to be arranged. In order to allow enough
>> time for all the arrangements, the nomination period will be short,
>> and ending at Sunday, June 25th. The number of scholarships rewarded
>> will be based on the success of fund-raising. From the nominations
>> received, we’ll review and invite scholars in late June.
>> Please send your nominations to scholarship at stateofthemap.org. For
>> each nomination, include the mappers name, OSM user name, email
>> address, location, and a paragraph or two on why they’d be great to
>> have at SOTM. Self nominations are accepted.
>> Please forward this message to other relevant local OSM and mapping
>> lists and social media!
>> As for regions, here are a few regions that seem to fit the bill, but
>> nominations are not limited to these places at all.
>> Eastern and Southern Europe: Belarus, Kosovo, Bulgaria
>> Arab States: Tunisia, Bahrain, Jordan
>> Asia: Nepal, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia
>> Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Guatemala
>> Africa: Liberia, Ivory Coast, Swaziland
>> Sponsor-a-Mapper
>> In previous years there has been a scholarship program to help mappers
>> who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend get to State of the Map. This
>> year we are announces an “Sponsor-A-Mapper” program. There are plenty
>> of deserving individuals from all of the world that can’t afford to
>> attend SotM. To help them be able to come join the community in person
>> in Denver why don’t you consider paying to cover a portion of the cost
>> of their ticket?
>> We are attempting to raise an average of $2,500 USD per mapper in
>> order to be sure to cover their costs. This will vary slightly by
>> transportation costs depending from where the select scholarships are
>> traveling.
>> The more money we raise the more mappers we can sponsor!
>> To Sponsor-a-Mapper please email scholarship at stateofthemap.org
>> Thank you!

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