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Philly Mapathon

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities that could impact millions of people? Want to help communities around the world receive aid and relief in the wake of disasters or conflicts? Are you looking for a chance a participate in a global project that puts vunerable people on the map?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions then you need to join the Philly Mapathon on May 4th from 5-9pm at the Azavea office in Philadelphia, PA.

What is a Mapathon?

The Philly Mapathon is part of the larger Missing Maps Project, a collaborative effort between the American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières-UK, and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team to map areas of the world in need. A Mapathon is a chance for people to get together to map priority areas of the world - we can make significant contributions in a short amount of time by working simultaneously.

What will you do?

During the Philly Mapathon, you’ll trace features like roads and buildings on a satellite image basemap. Don’t worry, we’ll teach you everything you need to know when you get to the event. No experience is necessary. Anyone with a passion for volunteering, philanthropy, or civic tech can participate!

However, experienced mapping professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend the event!

Please fill out this form if you would like to be a Mapping Mentor and help others learn how to use OSM on the day of the event.

What you need for the event:

  • a laptop (mouse optional, but encouraged)

What we’ll supply:

  • food and beverages

  • access to power outlets

  • free wifi access

  • instructions and resources to help you succeed

Why is this event right for you?

  • Different than a typical speaker/audience event - collaborate with others as you help communities in need

  • No in-depth technical knowledge required - just bring a computer and we’ll get you started mapping areas across the world

  • Go home feeling great at the end of the night - you’re contributions during the event will help people receive relief and aid from organizations like The Red Cross and Doctor’s Without Borders.

Additional Information about the Missing Maps Project

The Missing Maps Process:

Step 1: Remote volunteers trace satellite imagery into OpenStreetMap

Step 2: Community volunteers add local detail such as neighborhoods, street names, and evacuation centers

Step 3: Humanitarian organizations used mapped information to plan risk reduction and disaster response activities that save lives

Want to join the Philly Mapathon organizational team or become a Mapping Mentor?

Fill out this form to let us know how you want to get involved!

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