Azavea is an award-winning geospatial software development and data analysis company founded on the principles of public service, innovation, and impact.
We became a B Corporation in 2010 to recognize these principles. Our mission is to advance the state-of-the-art in geospatial technology and apply it for civic, social, and environmental impact. This is reflected in the projects we work on, how we treat one another, and the values we apply in our everyday operations.
Azavea’s software and data analysis work includes a broad array of topics – water resources, public transit, elections, climate change, economic development, and transportation – and we serve a growing international client base. Our team includes software engineers, user experience (UX) designers, GIS analysts, data scientists, project managers, writers, product specialists, and administrative support.
As members of the global software ecosystem, we actively seek opportunities to share our work through open-source software projects. In addition to contributions to other geospatial software projects, we release much of our own work as open-source, including GeoTrellis for big geospatial data processing, Raster Foundry for analyzing Earth observation data, OpenTreeMap for urban ecosystems management, and DistrictBuilder for collaborative redistricting.
Azavea gives back in several other ways as well. In addition to donating a percentage of its profits each year, the firm helps the next generation of data analysts and software engineers through two mentorship programs: Summer of Maps and our Open Source Fellowship Program. Students receive a stipend and dedicated mentoring from Azavea staff over a twelve-week period each summer. Mentors describe the program as a rewarding experience that enables them to work with a diversity of students and give back to the community in a meaningful way, while students gain both a high quality first professional experience and an opportunity to work on projects with positive civic and social impact.
The principles of public service, innovation, and impact also extend to Azavea’s employee benefits program, which includes paid time off to vote, to volunteer for charitable organizations, and to contribute their skills to humanitarian relief efforts. A new monthly program, #HOTLunch, enables Azavea staff and other collaborators to volunteer their lunch breaks to create maps for the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and Missing Maps projects. Volunteers map buildings, roads, and other features on satellite imagery that organizations will use to plan future disaster response and humanitarian relief efforts in communities around the world.