With the growing open source movement around the world, Nepal Open Source communities strive to create a strong foundation for tech culture in Nepal. Open Source Communities in Nepal have been organizing meetups: Mapping Meetups, Developers’ Meetups, Mashups and many more. These initiatives aim to harness the growing tech culture in Nepal.
On Sunday 21st, 2013, Open Source Community of Islington College organized yet another Developer’s Meet with a goal of bringing together professionals and enthusiasts from all the major tech-communities in Nepal. This meet-up was exclusively on OpenStreetMap. Over 50 participants gathered at the event to discuss and share experience on OpenStreetMap technology and its potential uses. Dr. Nama Raj Budhathoki gave an overview of OSM, including data that are already available in OSM Nepal. Dr. Budhathoki invited the developer community to come forward to develop innovative apps using this goldmine of data. Following the presentation, Amrit Karmacharya, our OSM champion, demonstrated the use of OpenStreetMap in android devices via the most popular OSM application OSMand. This was an indeed an eye-catchy show and promptly caught the interest of developers.
The third speaker of the evening was Alex Barth, open data and mapping expert at http://www.mapbox.com/, a Washington DC based company. Alex started with demonstration of easy-to-use tools for creating custom maps. He further showed the uses of APIs to interact with OSM database. Here are some links to Alex’s pitch focus:
These stimulating presentations were followed by discussion. Congratulations and vote of thanks to people who create such opportunities. Special thanks go to Prashish Rajbhandari, Avinash Kundaliya, Monil Ahikari and others who have been instrumental to organize this event. These not only inspire the daily uses of technology, you get new ideas off the ground. They create opportunity in technology!
A glimpse of the day: