Challenge: Impact Cities Red Cross

Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organizations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.

During a 2.5 hour workshop participants will get a short introduction to the Red Cross, and how maps help responders around the world to be faster and more efficient. In a 1.5 hour mapping event the participants will get hand on experience with how Missing Maps operates, by helping us trace satellite imagery and create maps of areas that are not on the map. Following this hands on experience, the group will split into different teams. Each team will get a challenge that relates to these central topics:
-          How to increase the speed at which the most vulnerable people can be put on the map
-          Find new ways to get local knowledge and information on the map
-          Develop data analysis tools/ideas to generate insights from the data that is mapped
-          How to improve the quality of what volunteer mappers around the world produce.

Note: Participants need to bring their own computer

Evaluation Criteria
-          Applicability – What does it take to put the idea/solution into action?
-          Mapping speed – How does improve the speed at which vulnerable people are mapped?
-          Mapping quality – What is the impact of the idea / solution on the quality of the map?
-          Involvement – how does the idea / solution contribute to the involvement of people worldwide and building a stronger community?
-          What insights are generated from the idea / solution that can benefit humanitarian organizations to be more efficient in their operations?

Process Inforamtion
​After the mapping event there will be a ‘hackathon’ facilitated by the Peace Informatics Lab of Leiden University.

Technical information​
Know the project:
 Learn the tools:
 See the code: ,, (+ more)

Expected result​
Practical ideas and solutions that can be put into action by the Missing Maps partners, thereby improving the speed of our mapping efforts and in the end, the efficiency of our humanitarian aid.

There is a potential traineeship (stageplaats) at the Netherlands Red Cross, in the data team, for a period of max six months, aiming at further developing the winning idea / solution

Jury:  Netherlands Red Cross, Leiden University - Peace Informatics Lab, OpenStreetMap Foundation


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