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Tim KuhnMay 13, 2019 3:14:39 AM2 min read

NLT proudly supports the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Microgrants program

New Light Technologies is proudly contributing to the HOT Microgrants Program, helping to make this funding possible.

Established in 2017, the HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) Microgrants program has supported 16 communities in developing countries across the world. This year the program will be expanding to another 8-10 communities. New Light Technologies is proud to be a contributor to this program. These microgrants have helped provide training, engagement, and opportunities to strengthen capacity in community programs. “Through the past five years, NLT has made it a point to allow their employees a chance to give back in their own way. Several members have regularly spun up mapathons during large events to try to lend their skill sets to those in need. Now we are looking to not only contribute through our time and expertise but also financially. We are excited to be a part of this program and really look forward to hearing the success stories of the impacts on these communities,” says NLT’s Lead Geospatial Analyst, Brad Bottoms.

This year, the HOT Microgrants program will focus on these areas:

  • Diversity & Representation: Communities located in the Caribbean, Middle East, North Africa, and Asia are strongly encouraged to apply. Consideration will also be given to mapping communities seeking to increase the diversity within their community
  • Innovation: Mapping is a first step towards empowering local leaders and communities, but it is not the final step. HOT is seeking grantees who will take their mapping further, making clear connections between how mapping will be used to drive action and decision-making and considering how to grow their work.
  • Sustainability: Microgrants program is considered as a launching point for communities to deepen their investment in mapping activities that will lead to long-term change.
  • Continuity: HOT understands that sustainability does not happen overnight, and in recognition of this, we will award one 2018 Micrograntee a follow-on grant in 2019.

About NLT:

New Light Technologies Inc. provides a broad range of integrated Information Technology (IT) consulting services and products to government, commercial, and non-profit sectors. The firm offers comprehensive DevOps systems integration, development, and management for IT Infrastructure Modernization, Virtualization and Microservices, Cloud & Mobile Computing, Application Development, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), and Big Data Modeling, Analytics, & Visualization. NLT is a recognized leader in the development of enterprise Geospatial platforms and real-time integrated analytics for mission-critical decision support, planning, and research applications.

Parts of this blog were originally published on January 25th, 2019 in the HOT’s Blog by Rebecca Firth and Jessica Bergmann.


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