Foundation/Local Chapters/United States/Virtual Mappy Hours

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The OpenStreetMap US Mappy Hours are virtual hangouts for the U.S. community. User:mvexel started the Mappy Hours in 2013 and continues to host them alongside other participants from OpenStreetMap US. After a hiatus, the Mappy Hours were reintroduced in 2019.

What are the Mappy Hours about?

The Mappy Hours are meant to be informal gatherings and don't usually have a formal agenda. It's a space to meet new people and conversations tend to be about things like:

  • Mapping and Tagging
  • Imports
  • Local groups and local events
  • The OSM US organization
  • What's happening in the rest of the world
  • Anything you want to discuss!


Virtual Mappy Hours will be planned on a regular (mostly monthly) basis. Signing up is now required. Please sign up using the linked forms for each event.

Upcoming Events
OpenStreetMap US Virtual Mappy Hour Schedule
Date Time Topic / Presentation Joining Information
Thursday October 29, 2020 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT OpenStreetMap US: Connect 2020 - Mappy Hour Social Event Kickoff This is a 3 day conference.

Register here for free!

Wednesday November 18, 2020 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT OpenStreetMap GeoWeek Mappy Hour We will meet via Zoom. Please sign up to join using this form.
Wednesday December 16, 2020 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT Mappy Hour - with guest Diane Fritz - Using OSM as a database with Overpass turbo We will meet via Zoom. Please sign up to join using this form.

Holding an event for your local community? Please reach out if you would like any support.

How to join

People can join using the Zoom video conference tool which is available for Linux, Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. Zoom also provides phone dial in for those unable or unwilling to install proprietary software on their devices. Each meeting will have a unique meeting ID. See here for other ways to join and how to use Zoom resources on their website.

Signing up is now required to reduce the chance of hacking. Also please let us know any topics you'd like to discuss during a future mappy hour. Thanks!


We welcome 5 to 15 minute presentations about any OSM related topic! Please edit this section to add your idea or presentation, complete this form, or get in touch with User:mvexel or User:MaggieMaps.

Any recorded past presentations can be found on the OpenStreetMap US YouTube channel.

Past presentations:

  • Wednesday October 14, 2020. Mappy Hour - YouthMappers: 5 years of building a worldwide student mapping network with guest Chad Blevins. View the recording here.
  • Wednesday September 23, 2020. Mappy Hour - JOSM Tips & Tricks with guests Alan Bragg & Wade Crump. View the recording here.
  • Wednesday September 9, 2020. Mappy Hour with guest Eugene Chong - Tracking UN Sustainable Development Goals with OpenStreetMap: What Can OpenStreetMap Tell Us About Open Space and Transit Access in American Cities? View the recording here.
  • Wednesday August 19, 2020. Mappy Hour with guest Ian Dees - Imports are Awesome Hard Work. View the recording here
  • Wednesday August 5, 2020. Mappy Hour with guest Martijn van Exel - MapRoulette. View the recording here.
  • Wednesday July 22, 2020. Mappy Hour: Diversity in OSM Part 2
  • Wednesday July 8, 2020. Mappy Hour with guest Richard Welty, OpenHistoricalMap. Discussion around historical mapping.
  • Friday July 3, 2020, NY Mapathon Part 2: Mapping houses in the Town of Hempstead with guest Daniel Solow from MappingLI
  • Wednesday June 24, 2020, Mappy Hour - Topic: Diversity. Lightning talks: Anson Parker, Location Privilege - the ups and downs of GPS tracking in office buildings; Maggie Cawley, GeoChicas
  • Tuesday June 9, 2020, Mappy Hour with a presentation from Brian DeRocher, Community organizing with Microcosm
  • Friday June 5, 2020, NY Mapathon Part 1: Mapping houses in the town of Hempstead, NY with Daniel Solow
  • Wednesday May 13, 2020, Mappy Hour with a presentation from Margaret Spyker, Imports
  • Thursday April 30, 2020, Mapathon w/ MaptimeBmore - Mapping POIs in response to COVID-19
  • Wednesday April 29, 2020, Steven Johnson, TeachOSM. Discussion around OpenStreetMap in education.
  • Wednesday April 15, 2020, Erika Nunez, MapGive: U.S. Department of State's public diplomacy initiative for open mapping
  • Thursday April 9, 2020, Miles Campbell, OSM and Accessibility: In times of crisis, publicly available information for pedestrian access, especially for those with disabilities, can be invaluable
  • Wednesday April 8, 2020 8pm ET, Virtual Validation Mappy Hour hosted by Missing Maps.
  • Wednesday April 1, 2020 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT Maggie Cawley & Jennings Anderson, OpenStreetMap US Community Survey Results
  • Wednesday March 18, 2020 8:30pm ET
  • Alan Bragg, Using JOSM Map Paint Styles to highlight address points (April 24 2019)
  • Geoff Maas, Open Data in Minnesota (May 22 2019)