Sajjad Anwar


Sajjad Anwar is a cartographer and programmer based in Bangalore, India. 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 leading development and strategy at Development Seed on making open data and tools more accessible to governments and institutions, and working closely with OpenStreetMap. Previously, he was at Mapbox - building the foundation of their operations in Bangalore, setting up the Data team, and building data processing and productivity tools.

Earlier, 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 posts about maps, data and other things.

Driving across India.

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