Sajjad Anwar


Sajjad Anwar is a Bangalore based hacktivist and programmer. He works in the research, design and development of data infrastructure, analytics and infographics. He hearts maps and often makes one. Most often, he is found in the company of other technologists, social activists and researchers in education, human rights and policy making.

Currently, he is building data processing and productivity tools scale the data team at Mapbox - working closely with OpenStreetMap and similar datasets.

Prior to this, Sajjad helped build and maintain the data and geographic infrastructure at the Karnataka Learning Partnership, incubated at the Akshara Foundation. He was part of the team who is building a collaborative mapping platform for monitoring REDD+ forests and natural resource extraction in Democratic Republic of Congo.

He was working with the Azim Premji University, HasGeek, Tactical Technology Collective and Center for Internet and Society on several data and visualisation projects.

He enjoys running workshops and speaking at conferences on topics of data, mapping and story telling.

Ocassional rambling about maps, data and other things.

2.5 years.

Started in 2009, a collective to engage conversations around maps, data and technology. Authored by @ajantriks, @s_shashank_s and @geohacker

Maps Mayhem.

Started in 2013, Bangalore's monthly spatial gathering.

upcoming talks

If you want me speak at your event about data, maps, or technology, write to me. Take a look at some of the things I've spoken about earlier

Maps, Legos, Openness, Khosla Labs, Bangalore, July 31, 2015

OpenStreetMap for More than OpenStreetMap, State of the Map US 2015, New York City, June 6-8

Making Maps Work on Mobile, MetaRefresh 2015, Bangalore, April 16-17

Scaling Spatial Data - OpenStreetMap as Infrastructure. The Fifth Elephant. Bangalore, July 25-26

"He who controls the map, controls the future" - On politics and history of cartography. National Institute of Design, Bangalore. Friday 4 July 2014

Introduction to OpenStreetMap. Medical College, Calicut. Friday, 30 May 2014

OpenStreetMap in the Classroom. National Geography Youth Summit, Bangalore