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News — 25 October, 2016

OSM GeoWeek is November 13th-19th: Host a Mapping Event!

November 13th–19th is Geography Awareness Week. Join HOT as we prepare to make the third annual OSM Geography Awareness Week (“OSM GeoWeek”) the best ever. OSM GeoWeek 2016 calls on teachers, students, community groups, governments, private sector, map lovers, and motivated individuals around the world to come together to celebrate geography and make maps with OpenStreetMap, the free and openly editable map of the world.


Many organizations are partnering with HOT for OSM GeoWeek 2016 including Missing Maps, the U.S. State Department (MapGive), USAID (YouthMappers), the Peace Corps, National Geographic, and the World Bank’s GFDRR. OSM GeoWeek presents a great opportunity for HOT community members to come together and map to reduce disaster risks and address public health crises. Represent your school, community, or workplace during OSM GeoWeek anytime between November 13th-19th as we remotely map areas to assist ongoing humanitarian, development, and public health efforts around the world.


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, OSM GeoWeek is the perfect time. Events can be of any size, 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 (and to learn how to map).


Registering an event is easy, just fill out this Google form, and your event will be registered on


We hope you can join us! Please share this invitation with your colleagues and networks, and students of all ages.


Photo courtesy George Washington University Humanitarian Mapping Society