Our Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) team hosted a mapathon in the World Bank Headquarters on Wednesday, November 14. The mapping event brought attention to the numerous benefits of using geospatial data in providing solutions to development and disaster risk reduction initiatives.

Organized as part of Geography Awareness Week, the mapathon exhibited community and crowdsourced mapping initiatives, championed by World Bank teams, and their extensive partners in the mapping community. It featured short panel discussions, a unique hands-on “mapathon” training experience, and lightning talks from experienced World Bank colleagues and mapping partners.

Speakers included: Mikel Maron (Mapbox), Carrie Stokes (USAID), Rachel Levine (American Red Cross), and Charles Fox (GOST-WB).

Preliminary Agenda

11:00am Opening remarks
Keynote led by Emma Phillips, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, GFDRR

Bernice K. Van Bronkhorst, Director, GCCDR
Marianne Fay, Chief Economist, GGSCE
Dina Ranarifidy, Urban Specialist, GSURR
11:20am “Mapathon” Hands-On Training
12:00pm Open Mapping & Lightning talks (4x)
WB colleagues, NGOs, government, and private sector partners will present their use of open source mapping tools and technology in their work.

Mikel Maron, Community Team Lead, Mapbox
Carrie Stokes, Chief Geographer and Director, Geocenter, USAID
Rachel Levine, GIS Training and Operations Coordinator, American Red Cross
Charles Fox, Special Assistant to the Chief Economist, GOST-WB
1:45pm Closing Remarks

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The Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) Mapathon