First Beirut Mapathon

Apr 03, 2017

Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors without Borders / أطباء بلا حدود is excited to invite you to the FIRST BEIRUT MAPATHON, hosted by the Social Media Exchange (SMEX). The objective of the mapathon is to jointly work together on the Open Street Maps (OSM), considered the Wikipedia of maps, for a humanitarian cause!MSF is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid in around 70 countries globally to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare (for more information about MSF watch this video). MSF is one of the founding organizations behind the Missing Maps Project that aims to map the most crisis-prone, yet under-mapped parts of the world. This project allows volunteers to directly help in improving the lives of some of the planet’s most vulnerable communities – in other words, it is a marriage between technology and humanitarianism in a very fascinating, impactful way.The First Beirut Mapathon is on Monday, April 10 (5:45 pm - 9pm).Where is the event held?The FIRST BEIRUT MAPATHON will be hosted by Social Media Exchange (SMEX), located in Badaro behind Kudeta restaurant and café (refer to map).About Social Media Exchange:SMEX is a registered non-profit association based in Beirut that works to advance self-regulating information societies. It is recognized as a regional leader in the design and delivery of workshops that help activists and journalists integrate digital and social media into the processes that create social change. It also advocates efforts to secure and protect digital rights through research, user education, and campaigning in Lebanon and across the region.First Beirut MapathonMonday, April 10, 2017 from 5:45pm until 9pmSchedule:We'll be mapping throughout the evening:17:45: Registration & set-up18:00: Introduction to Missing Maps and practical information18:10: iD Training / JOSM Training / Validator Training19:00: Lightning talks & pizza break20:45: End of day presentation and mapping progress talk21:00: Mapathon endsWhat is the Missing Maps Mapathon?The Missing Maps project aims to map the most vulnerable places in the world (affected by humanitarian crises: disease epidemics, conflict, natural disasters, poverty, environmental crises). Building on other disaster preparedness projects, the Missing Maps project facilitates pre-emptive mapping of priority countries to better handle disaster response, medical activities and resource allocation when crises occur.Where will we be mapping?This initial Mapathon will focus on mapping Aweil, the capital of South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, home to tens of thousands, many of whom live on the city’s largely unmapped outskirts. Putting these settlements on the map is a vital, first step in collecting crucial health and demographic data that will support MSF in providing essential medical care for this marginalized population.What do I need?A laptop (you must bring your own with you), a mouse (a mouse isn't absolutely necessary but makes the mapping A LOT faster), and most importantly...enthusiasm!What do I do now?If you want to join the First Beirut Mapathon, PLEASE register through this link: BEFORE FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017.See you there!