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March Mapping Madness

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreywarren/6939415409/" title="PLOTS March Mapping Madness poster by jeferonix, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7069/6939415409_f5ec501e63.jpg" width="500" height="293" alt="PLOTS March Mapping Madness poster"></a> Following our Kickstarter success, Public Lab is embarking on its own version of March Madness. We aim for our community to self-organize meet-ups and training sessions to show new members of the balloon mapping community how to get started making their own maps! If you are an experienced grassroots mapper on this page you can volunteer to organize an event near you. If you are just getting started on this page you can connect with those putting together an event near you! ###Get Involved!### This page contains dates and locations for a workshop series to welcome Kickstarter backers into the aerial mapping community. **Help organize a meeting in your area!** Add your name and email beneath a site you can get to or if your area isn't listed, add your name beneath the virtual meeting and/or add your location to the list and see if anyone else could meet in your area! <em>Not sure how to edit this page to add your name? See "Directions on how to edit this page" below.</em> * Don't know where to begin? See the [Host a Balloon Mapping Workshop](/wiki/host-balloon-mapping-workshop) page. **Have an idea for a site to map in your area?** Add suggestions for sites beneath the area you want to meet. <em>Not sure how to edit this page to add your name? See "Directions on how to edit this page" below.</em> **Interested in participating in a workshop?** Add your name and contact info. below a site you can get to. If you can't find a site close to you, add your name beneath the virtual meeting and/or add your location to the list and see if anyone else could meet in your area! <em>Not sure how to edit this page to add your name? See "Directions on how to edit this page" below.</em> ###Directions on how to edit this page### To add your name to a site or edit this page: First log into your public lab account. If you have no Public Lab account sign up <a href="http://publiclaboratory.org/user/register">here</a>. Once you are signed in you should see an "edit" tab at the top of this text area. Click that "edit" tab at the top of this page. This makes the text of this page editable. Make the changes you wish to the text, such as adding your name, by clicking inside the text window and typing you changes. Once you have made your changes save them by clicking the "save" button at the bottom of the page. You should see that your changes have been save to the page. If you wish to revise your edits, simply click "edit" again and repeat this process. If you have questions email sara@publiclaboratory.org ###Where are other Balloon Mappers?### These maps show roughly (by zipcode, with identifying information removed) the locations of people who purchased balloon mapping kits with the recent kickstarter. Take a look and find out if there are others interested in balloon mapping near you! * [Map of balloon kit buyers](http://batchgeo.com/map/0e2c54d7ed353c559ed76c3f6001c41e) * [Map of all campaign supporters](http://www.batchgeo.com/map/a0e5669a009a48eb1925686cc3769fbd) Is there no one near you? No worries, collaborate on organizing a virtual meet-up to learn how to balloon map and how to use [Mapknitter](http://www.mapknitter.org) software to make your own maps. ###Dates and Locations### February 14 London UCL February 17 London UCL ###Upcoming TBD### <strong>Austin</strong> See <a href="http://publiclaboratory.org/wiki/march-mapping-madness-austin">Austin Event Planning Page</a> Organizers: Shannon Dosemagen, Shannon@publiclaboratory.org Mathew Lippincott, Mathew@publiclaboratory.org Gregory Foster, gfoster@entersection.org Jen Hudon, Jen.Hudon@gmail.com Interested in participating: Date: Sunday March 11th Location: Exact Location TBD, near University of Texas Austin <strong>Asheville</strong> - March 31st - Saturday 10 AM see <a href="http://publiclaboratory.org/wiki/march-mapping-madness-asheville">Planning Page for Asheville Event.</a> Organizers: Adam Griffith Jessi Breen, jessibreen@gmail.com Interested in participating: <strong>Boston</strong> see <a href="http://publiclaboratory.org/wiki/march-mapping-madness-boston">Boston Event Planning Page</a> Organizers: Katie Gradowski, katie.gradowski@gmail.com, Jeff Warren, jeff@publiclaboratory.org Interested in participating: Jen Hudon, jen.hudon@gmail.com Arlene Ducao, arlduc(at)mit.edu (depending on date) Location: Parts and Crafts <strong>NYC</strong> - See NY-NJ-CT <a href="http://publiclaboratory.org/wiki/march-mapping-madness-ny-nj-ct">region page</a>. Locations include StudioX, GreenMaps, and others TBD. organizers: Liz Barry, liz at publiclaboratory.org; Manpriya Samra, mksamra at gmail.com. Interested in participating: Arlene Ducao, arlduc(at)mit.edu (depending on date) Kirk Jalbert, kirkjalbert(at)gmail.com (March 24?) <strong>Portland</strong> organizers: Mathew Lippincott, mathew@publiclaboratory.org Interested in participating: <strong>Chicago</strong> organizers: Chris McAvoy <chris.mcavoy@gmail.com> Interested in participating: james warden, james@fivelakearts.com <strong>L.A. / San Diego</strong> See <a href="http://publiclaboratory.org/wiki/march-mapping-madness-lasan-diego">L.A./ San Diego Event Planning Page</a> Organizers: Sam Kronick, sam.kronick@gmail.com Interested in participating: <strong>San Francisco</strong> See <a href="http://publiclaboratory.org/wiki/march-mapping-madness-san-francisco">San Francisco Event Planning Page</a> organizers: Stewart Long, stewart@publiclaboratory.org Interested in participating: Pat Coyle, pat@coyles.com <strong>Davis/Sacramento</strong> See <a href="http://publiclaboratory.org/wiki/march-mapping-madness-davissacramento">Davis/Sacramento Event Planning Page</a> organizers: Michele Tobias mmtobias@ucdavis.edu Michele has kite equipment. We're looking for someone with balloon equipment to join in. We also need ideas for places to map. Interested in participating: Pat Coyle, pat@coyles.com: I've got tank (80 scf) and balloon kit, as well as kite gear. I'm in Livermore. (See SF interest as well.) <strong>Jerusalem</strong> See <a href="http://publiclaboratory.org/wiki/march-mapping-madness-jerusalem">Jerusalem event planning page</a> organizers: Hagit Keysar fiestin@gmail.com 972-546395936 =) Interested in participating: <strong>Vermont/Northern New England</strong> See <a href="http://publiclaboratory.org/wiki/march-mapping-madness-vermontnorthern-new-england">Vermont/Northern New England Planning Page</a> organizers: <a href="http://fastie.net">Chris Fastie</a> (contact link at bottom of page) There are about six of us within 75 miles of Middlebury, VT, just the right number for a good mapping session. I have kites, cameras, rigs, etc., and soon a new balloon kit. Let's figure this out together. We would like to have meet ups in the following places, so if you're able to organize, please put your name and email next to the place and get in touch on the email list: Interested in participating: <strong>Washington D.C.</strong> organizers: Interested in participating: John Waugh, waugh2k@gmail.com <strong>Philly</strong> organizers: Interested in participating: <strong>Seattle</strong> organizers: Interested in participating: <strong>Toronto</strong> organizers: Interested in participating: <strong>Berlin</strong> organizers: Interested in participating: <strong>Zurich</strong> organizers: Interested in participating: <strong>Somewhere in the Netherlands</strong> organizers: Interested in participating: <strong>A Virtual meeting for those outside of these cities</strong> organizers: Interested in participating: Anywhere else where mappers are interested in meeting up, add it on! ###Topics### More on [Balloon Mapping](/tool/balloon-mapping) here See Balloon [Mapping Quick Start Guide](http://archive.publiclaboratory.org/download/balloon-mapping-quickstart-1.0-en.pdf) Full List of Screensharing Webinar with GonzoEarth ###Organizational Questions/Requests/Concerns### email shannon@publiclaboratory.org ###Help Desk### Contact us if you need help working on that first map, or if interested in doing virtual collaborative map making training with the Public Lab Map Tools. We are also looking for people who would like to become leaders in training other people to use MapKnitter, or just want to volunteer to help answer questions. ###[MapKnitter Training sessions](/wiki/mapmaking-training)### Organizer and point person for MapKnitter Questions: email stewart@publiclaboratory.org...

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