A mapathon is a unique and engaging opportunity for volunteers to digitally connect and map the most vulnerable places in the developing world so that local and international NGOs can use these comprehensive maps and data to better respond to crises affecting these areas. Digital volunteer engagement is vital for the success of many humanitarian organizations around the world in responding to disasters. It is imperative to have a larger pool of trained volunteers that are ready to assist with little coordination when a disaster occurs. Check out the videos below to learn more about what a mapathon is and how to host one.
We can provide your team with local or remote support to help coordinate and manage your event. Contact the Missing Maps Coordinator with your event date and location so that we can help you with following:
Book a space
Strong Wifi to allow for Simultaneous Access
Contact Missing Maps for a Suggested List of Mapping Tasks
Tables and Chairs
Laptop and Mouse
Extension Cords and Computer Cables
Recruit Friends and Volunteers to Help with Logistics
Tweet about it
Set up room
Set up registration table with name tags, brochures, and method to sign people in
Test equipment to make sure its all working
Tape extension cords to the floor for safety
Place Table Top guides on each table
Make sure you have contact info for tech or support staff in your event space
Confirm food and drink orders
Have fun mapping
Have volunteers complete the Volunteer Survey.
Scroll down to find a list of people who are willing to help support Mapathons! You can filter by language and support type using the dropdowns. Zooming the map will hide the in-person support outside of the map view.
Volunteer to help out by adding your contact info to the map.