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mapster.me

We are a Vancouver startup specializing in interactive mapping. We are also deeply interesting in helping non-profits of all stripes to get their projects online.

Projects

Mapping Water Sources in Uganda

Ugandan Water Source Map by Scotty Hagen

I was blown away when I heard that 1 in 4 people on the planet don’t have access to clean water. I was even more dumbfounded to learn how many inexpensive and effective solutions there are for this issue. Some are as simple as jerry can caps that provide UV treatment when left out for 24 hours; while others are much more complex, like creating large gravity flow systems that take water from a source and transport it down to water pumps in remote villages.

This interactive map shows the different water projects in Uganda, made by the organization ACTS. ACTS builds gravity flow systems. You can zoom in on each source to view the number of people that the water source is serving. The map also indicates where the tap stands are located in the villages and a few of the stops that the water takes from source to tap stand along the way. This access to clean water saves Ugandans from walking an average of 2km, multiple times a day, and the clean water protects them from various illnesses and allows them to spend that time either in school or working.

For more information on water projects in Uganda, visit ACTS’ website.

Locate Mapster… at Locate!

So, this business thing is quite a ride. I wasn’t expecting things to be easy, but then, I didn’t know what to expect. It’s fun, tiring, and mostly just really interesting. Mapster keeps growing, and there’s Native Land to manage at the same time, and new people, and life changes… it’s a lot!

At the end of this month, we’re going to be going to the Locate conference in San Francisco. We made a really nice connection the Mapbox team a few weeks ago, and it’s been exciting to chat back and forth about all the cool tools we’re making and our awesome projects.

Mapbox has been really great, even though they must be so busy with the conference coming up fast. Here’s a few things they did for us:

  • Set up Native Land as a community member — so we put the front page map back to Mapbox!
  • Got us involved in the Developer Network
  • Helped out with some credits for people who take our Udemy course
  • Were really nice and fun and got us excited about the future of our company!

I hope that we can angle our way into some kind of developer table at Locate — even just for 10 minutes — because I really want to show off the awesome things we’ve done with Mapbox. Like…

  • WP Mapbox GL JS (https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-mapbox-gl-js/)
  • Map Digitizer (https://mapster.me/map-digitizer)
  • The Udemy course
  • Native Land
  • A few of our fun projects in autonomous cars, historical mapping, and more

I think we’re helping to open up Mapbox to the whole world by creating interactive map editors like the WP Mapbox GL JS plugin. Mapbox does a great job for developers, and it’s time for that to get connected to non-technical users. We can, and are, working to make Mapbox available for the masses!

We’re also going to be at the Mapping & Social Impact Breakfast event with Marena Brinkhurst … so come get nerdy about maps and meaning-making with us!

Anyway, there’ll be a few of us at Locate: Developer Ruby Kulikowska, VP Biz Dev Duncan Kennedy, and me, Victor Temprano. Send us a note and let’s meet up and chat if you’re interested! Or, just let’s enjoy the conference and come away with some great new ideas for mapping!

Look forward to seeing you at Locate,

Victor Temprano
Founder, Mapster Tech

Courses & Help

It’s important to us that other people are empowered in making super awesome things online. We have made quite a few courses on a variety of subjects, ranging from ReactJS to mapping and more.

We also have made quite a few helpful products and modules, and we work at making sure these are up-to-date and open-source for the community and for whoever can benefit.

If you have any questions, want some clarification, or wish we had a particular course, just get in touch!


Courses

Interactive Mapping in Mapbox – this course covers everything you need to know about using Mapbox Studio and Mapbox GL JS. Learn about managing data, the strengths and weaknesses of Mapbox, styling maps, loading them online and more!

LeafletJS – this course takes you from start to finish with LeafletJS. You learn a lot of other information about mapping too, like about interface design, mobile considerations, and more. We also take you through some pretty cool extras like heatmaps and geolocation!

ReactJS – this course is designed to get you deep into ReactJS and ready to make apps. We use it internally at Mapster, especially to help devs familiar with React but needing some brushing up in Redux or other parts of their React repertoire.

Youtube Videos – you can find our YouTube channel here. We post tips for solving interactive map problems and brief tutorials. We’re always working on uploading new content, so hit the ‘Subscribe’ button to stay up-to-date!

Libraries

Mapbox GL Draw Rotate Mode

Plugins

WP React CRA Boilerplate Plugin 

Learn A Language Plugin 

WP Mapbox GL JS Plugin 

Why Victor Built Native-Land.ca

This post originally appeared on Codementor.com and Native-Land.ca.

Native-Land.ca is probably the project I’m proudest of. I had to put together pretty much the whole dataset (although I’ve had tons of help!), and over the past couple years it’s gone viral a few times. While I don’t make any money off this project, it has gotten me a lot of interest and some good connections.

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How I fell in love with atoms and built a 3D periodic table in Javascript

I’ll tell you right off the bat: making Victor’s Periodic Table was super fun. But also hard. Love’s like that.

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