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Mapping to Combat Disease Spread: 3rd Annual Mapathon at Open Gov Hub

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Ave NW Suite 500 Washington, D.C. 20005 USA (map)

You are invited to join for our 3rd Annual Mapathon at Open Gov Hub, to learn about how we can collectively improve the delivery of health and other key public services through citizen mapping, feedback and participation.

The Open Geospatial Data Center for Health (OpenDCH) project, supported by PEPFAR, uses mapping to better analyze the most HIV-prone communities in Cote d'Ivoire, and to close gaps in HIV testing and treatment. This Mapathon will support OpenDCH and build upon our previous Mapathons, giving us all the opportunity to make a difference for Annual World AIDS Day (on Dec 1st).

Maps can help combat the spread of not only HIV but other diseases, and support humanitarian and development efforts in many contexts - from analyzing health services accessibility and anticipating pandemics to improving services for refugees and migrants. Hear from the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap and other organizations about how better maps are being made with local knowledge.

During the Mapathon participants will focus a few different mapping tasks to map found on the HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) tasking manager ( Many organizations are partnering for this year’s Mapathon, including the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, the U.S. Department of State (MapGive), USAID (YouthMappers), USAID-Cote d'Ivoire team, Missing Maps, AidData, Development Gateway and the , Ivorian Ministry of Health. Thank you to Open Gov Hub and ActioNet for being our sponsors.

Roll up your sleeves and join us for an evening of building/honing your mapping skills and making a difference. Whether you have never mapped before or are a seasoned pro, everyone will have the opportunity to see the immediate results of their work and our collective efforts to use the simple but powerful tool of mapping to help combat disease spread globally.

Main program begins 5:30pm and dinner will be provided (pizza and dessert).

This event is open to the public. If you don’t already have one, please set up an OSM user account here and join the conversation with #osmeoweek hashtag. Please bring your laptop (and charger) and we look forward to mapping with you on the 30th!

Who: All ages and mapping experience levels (including first-timers) welcome! Trainers will be provided on site. Be sure to RSVP and bring a government-issued photo ID.

What to bring: Laptops, chargers, mice (if you have one) and your ID!

5:00-5:30 First Training Session and Mapping for those who can arrive early


5:30-5:50 Intro remarks and 2 Lightning Talks

6:00-6:45 Pizza and Mapping

6:45-7:00 2 More Lightning talks

7:00-8:30 Mapping continues

8:30pm: Event wrap up. Please stick around after if you can and join us for drinks at The Lincoln (drinks not sponsored)

What do I do now: RSVP and create an account on OSM!