July 16 2020, 6:00pm - 8:00pm ET
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) invites you to participate in a virtual mapathon on Thursday, July 16th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT on Zoom.
A special initiative founded by Doctors Without Borders, the American Red Cross, the British Red Cross, and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, Missing Maps is powered by volunteers around the world. Using OpenStreetMap, an open, free, and crowd-sourced platform, volunteers map underserved regions in order to provide international and local NGOs and individuals with geographic data to better respond to crises.
At this virtual mapathon, we will be mapping parts of the world's most remote locations to help MSF respond more effectively to humanitarian emergencies like disease outbreaks, natural disasters, and more. Beginner and experienced mappers are welcome to join this event.
6:00 PM - Presentation on MSF and the Missing Maps Project.
6:30 PM - Introduction of mapping project for the evening, a presentation from MSF Geographic Information System Officer Robert Banick, and concluding with a step-by-step iD Editor mapping tutorial.
6:50 PM - All users are mapping! MSF provides individualized support throughout the rest of the event.
Leading up to the event, click here to learn more about the Missing Maps Project. Join us for a fun, engaging event that directly contributes to MSF's humanitarian work in the field!
Robert Banick has worked for the World Bank for 5 years as a geographer specializing in open data, disaster management, and accessibility models. He previously supported OpenStreetMap-based innovation projects for South and Southeast Asia and research into geospatial methods in Nepal. In addition to his World Bank work he occasionally deploys to emergency settings with Doctors Without Borders (MSF), most recently Bangladesh and Mozambique.