Join #100mapathons for OSMGeoWeek 2015!

Posted by:
Pete Masters
Date posted:
Oct, 9 2015
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November 15th-21st is Geography Awareness Week, and HOT and our Missing Maps partners are planning to support it in a huge way this year! We’re aiming for (at least) 100 mapping parties, mapathons, mappy hours and mapternoons happening around the world in a single week, to join with the rest of the activities being planned by other groups and organizations. You can register to host an event by clicking this link.

Mapathon in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Last year Missing Maps joined HOT, National Geographic, the U.S. State Department (MapGive), USAID, the Peace Corps, and the World Bank’s GFDRR in inaugurating OSMGeoWeek, a global series of events to highlight OSM and the importance of geographic education.

It’s a great opportunity for HOT community members to come together and help put the homes of millions of vulnerable people on the map. Represent your school, community, or work during OSM Geo Week anytime between November 15th-21st as we remotely map areas for projects by various NGO’s working in the most vulnerable places around the world. If you let us know what you’re planning, we’ll even send you some swag!

Tasks are already being planned for Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Kenya, Myanmar, Peru and South Africa (to name a few), and will directly support life-saving work of humanitarian and development partners on the ground. If this sounds like something you would be interested in supporting, our team can provide you with all of the materials and remote support needed to host a successful mapathon.

If you have ever thought it might be fun to get together with co-workers, friends, students and/or strangers to share your enthusiasm for the power of maps and make a difference while doing it, GeoWeek is the perfect time to do it. Events can be any size, some mapathons were as small as 10 people and as large as a 150 people. Anyone can do it and we have all the materials to help you host your mapathon. There's also info on the OSM wiki on things to think about in your planning.

Once registered we will contact you with some follow up materials, tasks, social media toolkit, etc. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch via twitter or facebook.