The annual ICT4D Conferences have proven to be an invaluable opportunity for NGOs, private sector organizations, universities, governmental agencies and foundations to share their experience in using ICT to increase the impact of development programs and to learn from each other.  In 2016, 715 individuals from 76 countries and 301 private sector and public sector and civil society explored the ways to harness the full power of digital solutions to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.  Our thanks to Accenture, Catholic Relief Services, Esri, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, iMerit Technology Services, Inmarsat, IS Solutions, Making All Voices Count, Mercy Corps, Microsoft, NetHope, Oxfam, Pandexio, Qualcom Wireless Reach, RTI International, SimbaNet and World Vision for making that possible.

Wednesday, May 18 • 16:30 - 17:30
Learn to Use OpenStreetMap, the Free and Open Editable Map of the World, to Help You Achieve the SDGs FILLING

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Note: Please bring your own laptop to the session if possible - not required

This session will introduce participants to digital mapping in OpenStreetMap (www.openstreetmap.org). Using this free and open source tool, you can join the thousands of users worldwide who have created this highly accurate, up to date world map together. OSM can be used to create geographic maps of buildings, roads, and important features as well as details about each feature which are useful to your work. Use it to map out water points in a rural area and show which ones are working and which are not, or show where your organization's health clinics are located. Use it to detail flood-prone areas and housing and commercial areas that might be affected by a disaster. Ever needed to find your way in a remote, out of the way location which isn't found on any map? Create one! OSM is meant to be easy to use for anyone, no matter their technological competency, reliable connectivity to the internet, or access to fancy gadgets. Mapping can be done using GPS devices, phones, or even just paper. Resulting maps are currently in use by many companies and organizations like Ushahidi, the New York Times, the US Peace Corps, and UN OCHA.

This workshop will cover the basics and get you started mapping either from your seat using satellite imagery, or even better, by walking around the immediate vicinity of the conference.

OpenStreetMap has been used for 6 years by Map Kibera Trust (www.mapkibera.org), an organization based in Nairobi whose members, youth from the Kibera slum, created the first free and open digital map of Kibera in 2009. Map Kibera now uses OSM to improve conditions in the slum areas of Nairobi. Zacharia Muindi, lead mapper at Map Kibera Trust and former Kibera resident, will be the co-facilitator of this workshop

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Erica Hagen

Director, GroundTruth Initiative and Map Kibera Trust
Erica Hagen is an ICT for Development specialist and co-founder and director of Map Kibera Trust, which created the first free and open map of the Kibera slum in Nairobi in 2009. She is also co-founder and director of GroundTruth Initiative, a company which works with partners to... Read More →

Wednesday May 18, 2016 16:30 - 17:30 EAT
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