Beirut Mapathon: The FoMSF Edition

Sep 29, 2017



Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) is excited to invite you to the Beirut Mapathon FoMSF Edition, hosted by the Friends of MSF Lebanon - AUB Chapter. The objective of the Mapathon is to jointly work together on the Open Street Maps (OSM), 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. 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.

 

What 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?

MSF teams working in Northern Nigeria respond to a variety of different health needs. These include emergency response to disease outbreaks across the area. Accurate maps of the area will assist emergency teams with epidemiological analysis, disease surveillance and logistical planning.

 

Where is the event held?

Diana Tamari Sabbagh Building (DTS), Med I Lecture Hall

 

Schedule:

6:45PM: Registration & Set-Up

7:00PM: Introduction to Missing Maps and Practical Info

7:10PM: iD Training / JOSM Training / Validator Training

8:45PM: Snacks & Refreshments Break

9:00PM: End of Session Summary

 

What do we need to get?

Your own laptop, a mouse (optional but makes mapping much faster), and your enthusiasm!

 

How do I register?

Please fill the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/PBzK372HrZhLZkbA