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Mapping for Diplomacy: Mapathon at United States Diplomacy Center

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The United States Diplomacy Center has partnered with MapGive to host a mapathon on April 5 2019, from 1-4pm in the Diplomacy Center pavilion.  The purpose of the mapathon is to create necessary digital map data for humanitarian and development causes, including combating HIV/AIDS, humanitarian assistance, and public diplomacy. Mapathons are unique events that facilitate volunteer participation in a global mapping movement that helps solve some of our most pressing challenges.  Participants will simultaneously learn about the impact of open mapping and learn how to use satellite imagery to create map data through the OpenStreetMap platform.

To learn more, watch our “Why Map?” video:

The program will take place from 1-4pm on April 5th and will include keynote remarks from State Department officials as well as a conversation with a panel of experts from PEPFAR, Secondary Cities and USAID/YouthMappers. Participants will be provided with a mapping tutorial and will begin mapping, aided by mentors, refreshments, and relevant lightning talks. Please bring a laptop to participate in the mapping. No prior experience with mapping is required!

Mapbox, the location data platform for mobile and web applications, is sponsoring the event.

MapGive is a United States Department of State initiative, managed by the Humanitarian Information Unit, that encourages volunteer participation in the global mapping community and facilitates the creation of open geographic data to support humanitarian and development efforts. MapGive emphasizes collaborative online mapping as a method to engage with local communities and organizations, with resonant themes including education, urban resilience, public health, and humanitarian response, among others. 

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12:30pm Doors open, coffee and snacks served
1:00pm Welcoming remarks, keynotes 
1:30pm Panel, Q&A
2:00pm Introduce Mapping projects
2:15pm Mapping tutorial & mapping begins!
3:00pm Lightning talks (3)
4:00pm End of program

Earlier Event: April 4
Later Event: April 7
World Health Day