Who we are

“Open Skies Fellows” is a fellowship program led by OpenMap Development Tanzania in collaboration with Uhurulabs and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, designed to support youth and give them a chance and responsibility to gain social technological skills to leverage their potential to solve community challenges using technology. The program will operate in 3 countries: Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, recruiting 40 fellows in 4 cohorts from all the countries. The first cohort will recruit fellows from Tanzania and then scale up to the other two countries. The fellowship program uses drones as an anchor technology, as they connect to a broad array of technologies and skills. Fellows can focus on any emerging technology they are passionate about, and they will have access to the resources and mentorship they need to guide them through their fellowship. HOT aims to support communities throughout Eastern and Southern Africa through an Open Mapping Hub, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.”

Project Main Objectives
Develop

Develop

Develop the next generation of African experts on frontier technologies, emphasizing women as participants and leaders. Select and develop 40 Open Skies Fellows over two years

Support

Support

Support innovative and practical projects in local communities for social good using technology. Support community projects addressing local needs, honing practical skills

Cultivate

Cultivate

Cultivate existing hubs of open data, frontier technology and innovation at OMDTZ and throughout the region. Cultivate hubs of open data, frontier technology and innovation.

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Implementing Partners
OpenMap Development Tanzania (OMDTZ)

OpenMap Development Tanzania (OMDTZ)

OpenMap Development Tanzania (OMDTZ) operates in Tanzania to build the capacity of local people to map their own communities for humanitarian and development purposes. OMDTZ works by deploying specialists to the field and provides training in open data collection, open mapping tools, and open data concepts to local partners, including academic institutions, government officials, NGOs/CSOs, private companies and community volunteers.

Uhurulabs

Uhurulabs

We live in a connected digital world, where things such as IoT, drones and big data are not just the domain of the west and/or wealthy. We have already seen Africa embrace the high tech world, even leading the way in areas such as mobile money. We here at Uhurulabs believe that with imagination, innovation and hard work Africa can be a world leader in both the application and creation of many of the technologies of the future.

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

HOT is an international team dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping. We work together to provide map data which revolutionises disaster management, reduces risks, and contributes to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. HOT aims to support communities throughout Eastern and Southern Africa through an Open Mapping Hub, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.

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