International Women’s Day Mapathon

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March 8, 2016 to March 9, 2016 11:00 PM - 2:00 AM

430 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA

The Missing Maps Project vision is to put 20 million of the world’s vulnerable people ?on the map?. We strive to do this in a way that promotes community engagement and local ownership, so that data can be used for planning, disaster response operations, and to address community needs with the full support of communities. We can not do this without women. Over the past year, we have found that women are typically better integrated into communities and are often more aware of the diverse needs of their fellow community members.

In support of International Women’s Day, The American Red Cross has teamed up with HOT, Peace Corps, Mapgive and the OSM US, OpenstreetMap Foundation to host a Women’s mapathon on March 8. We will be mapping issues that disproportionately affect women and will feature speakers from the OSM/GIS community who will discuss how to better engage girls and women in OSM Mapping.

Because editing OSM gives participants a voice in how their communities are represented to the world, because digital literacy is a must-know skill, because women and girls around the world are disproportionately burdened with work that prevents their participation in ?extra? activities, this International Women’s Day we ask every OSM community member around the world to contribute to gender parity.

WHAT DO I NEED?

Bring a laptop, a mouse and enthusiasm (mouse isn’t absolutely necessary but makes the mapping A LOT faster).

DO I NEED TO BE A MAPPING EXPERT?

No! You do not need any previous experience. If you have time before you come, and you are new to mapping via OpenStreetMap, please have a look at the training videos here. We will also have volunteers ready to help you.

WHERE IS IT?

The event will be held at the historic American Red Cross National Headquarters located at 430 17th Street, Washington, DC 20006. Once you enter the building you will see a registration table where you will pick-up your name badge. You will then be guided to the Board of Governors Hall for the mapathon.

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Get yourself an eventbrite ticket for the event. Then go and tell your friends!

We look forward to seeing you there.

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-womens-day-mapathon-tickets-20488246898