March 30, 2015

Wrapping Up HOT Internship

So I am wrapping up my HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) internship. It’s been such a delight to be a part of such a dynamic international community. I didn’t get as much accomplished as I would’ve liked but I hope to stick around and even help others interested in contributing; especially as my coding skills improve. Hence, I am not saying good bye to the HOT community just yet. I would like to continue contributing and learning how to help HOT and get others started in contributing to OSM. Plus, there’s still some tasks I’ve worked on that need to be implemented; I’d like to stick around and see them go live.

Special thanks to my mentor Kate Chapman for her encouragement, flexibilty and help throughout the internship and beyond. I am also grateful to the HOT Community and several contributors who have been so helpful, encouraging and welcoming. HOT has offered me great environment for learning.

I’ve had the privilege to learn how:

  • Open Source Communities collaborate, make decisions and maintain communication through mailing lists, remote working group meetings, Github Issues,, and other tools.
  • to write user guides, improve documentation and create screencasts
  • to customize a Jekyll Github Pages site
  • to set up a custom Travis CI configuration for the site
  • to improve contribution and translation workflows, user interface, site design and organization
  • to problem solve and troubleshoot
  • to edit OSM (OpenStreetMap)
  • to organize a mapathon with others
  • to maintain communication in remote work

And more!