Summer of Maps is a 12-week program that provides competitive fellowships to students and matches them with challenging spatial analysis projects with nonprofit organizations. We are a B Corporation, a social enterprise that applies the power of business to effect change. Our mission is to apply geospatial technology for positive social and civic impact as well as to advance the state-of-the-art through research. While we are primarily a software engineering and data analytics firm, we give back to the communities we serve in many ways, including contributions to open data and open source projects, donating a portion of our profits, hackathon participation, and pro bono work.
Fellows are provided a $5,000 stipend and one-on-one mentoring by staff on Azavea’s Summer of Maps team during their 12-week fellowship while the nonprofit organizations receive sophisticated analysis and visualization of their data. Each fellow works with two nonprofit organizations as part of the Summer of Maps team in Azavea’s Philadelphia office.
At this stage, we are looking for nonprofit organizations with spatial analysis and geographic visualization needs to submit their project ideas. Some examples of potential projects include:
- Arts & Culture – analyze geographic location of ticket sales and donations to both identify existing clusters and untapped markets
- Elections & Civil Rights – identify the sources of campaign contributions and measure the influence they have on the national political landscape
- Environment, Sustainability and Ecosystems – analyze the urban tree canopy and existing development to make a recommendation for future preservation
- Public Safety – analyze the impact of neighborhood indicators or other environmental factors on crime risk
- Public Health & Food – develop three potential sites for a new soup kitchen and perform a market analysis to determine how each will affect existing sites
- Community & Economic Development – analyze housing needs to determine the best site for a new low income housing development
- Transportation – identify the next 10 streets for the addition of bike lanes by scoring all street segments based on a variety of geographic criteria
Organizations are limited to two project submissions. Nonprofits may submit two projects, but they should do so as separate applications rather than trying to combine them into a single application. Azavea will review the projects then shortlist about 12-18 before making them available to students. Because parts of the proposal will be made public (with contact information removed), no proprietary or confidential information should be submitted. Students will select the projects they are interested in working on from the finalists so it’s important to consider how students will engage with the submitted project.
Apply here: https://azavea.forms.fm/2016-summer-of-maps-nonprofit-application