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Tuesday, August 15 • 10:00 - 12:00
MapSwipe: Mapeo humanitario colaborativo

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Tuesday August 15, 2017 10:00 - 12:00
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  • MF description Mapswipe is a first-of-its-kind mobile phone app in which people across the globe can locate communities in remote parts of the world affected by natural disasters, disease outbreaks or conflict. On ‘MapSwipe’1, developed by MSF in collaboration with the Missing Maps project2, users choose a crisis prone part of the world they want to help, such as spotting villages at risk from a cholera outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They must then swipe through satellite images of the region, tapping the screen when they see features they’re looking for including settlements, roads and rivers. This information is fed back to mappers who need this information to build detailed and useful maps. At present, they have to spend days scrolling through thousands of images of uninhabited forest or scrubland looking for communities that need mapping. Now, members of the public can directly contribute to MSF’s medical activities by locating people in need more quickly so mappers, and ultimately medical professionals on the ground, can get straight to work. It empowers anyone with a phone or tablet to help medical professionals across the world get vital care to those in need, whilst being just as fun to use and addictive as a dating app. The maps created will be available to use by everyone, everywhere, benefitting humanitarian organisations like MSF but also local people, helping them have something fundamental that most of the world take for granted.

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