7th International Conference of Crisis Mappers

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I’m thrilled to be co-hosting the 7th International Conference of Crisis Mappers in Manila from September 28 – 30 with field visits from October 1-5.

To make the conference more accessible, tickets for Philippines’ based attendees are P2,500 including 3 days of conference + 2 field visits!

Organized by the International Network of Crisis MappersThe International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM) is the leading humanitarian technology event of the year, bringing together the most important humanitarian, human rights, development and media organizations with the world’s best technology companies, software developers and academics. Everyone from every sector is welcome to attend the conference.

2016 marks the first year ICCM is being held in the Southeast Asian region, so please help us showcase the Philippines and make the conference a success! This year’s theme, in partnership with Map the Philippines is Building Resilience: Inclusive Innovations in Crisis Mapping, is focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and will highlight how local citizens, business, NGOs, schools, government and technical communities can work better together with more accessible tools to strengthen the resilience of our communities.

The Crisis Mapper community has been fortunate to have had considerable media coverage including The New York TimesWashington PostThe EconomistUK GuardianCNNTED BlogCBC NewsReutersReadWriteWebFast Company, NPR, The Voice of AmericaUN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and The Harvard Business Review. CrisisMappers leverage mobile & web-based applications, participatory maps & crowdsourced event data, aerial & satellite imagery, geospatial platforms, advanced visualization, live simulation, and computational & statistical models to power effective early warning for rapid response to complex humanitarian emergencies.

Register and learn more at http://www.attendiccm.com/

Program

Wed Sept 28 Reception at Palace Pool Club BGC
Thurs Sept 29 Conference Day 1 Unilab Bayanihan Center
Fri Sept 30 Self-Organized Sessions Unilab Bayanihan Center
Sat Oct 1 Field Visit Manila FREE with Registration
Sun Oct 2 Field Visit Tagaytay FREE with Registration
Mon Oct 3-5 Field Visit Palawan PAID trip

To apply for:

Scholarships, apply by August 8: http://bit.ly/iccm2016fellowship

Ignite Talks, apply by August 22: http://www.attendiccm.com/ignite-talks/

Showcases at the Tech & Analysis Fair, apply by August 22: http://www.attendiccm.com/tech-analysis-fair/

Self-Organized sessions, apply by September 12: http://www.attendiccm.com/self-organized-sessions/

If you would like to sponsor an ASEAN or Filipino scholar or support ICCM in other ways, I would love to talk to you!

We would like to thank The Rockefeller Foundation, Making All Voices Count, The Ayala Corporation, and Unilab as the primary sponsors for ICCM 2016. Additional thanks to the ICT for Peace Foundation, The American Red Cross, The Palace Pool Club and John Caroll University for their sponsorship!

Please share this with your networks!

Many thanks
Celina


Second White House Mapathon

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Last year I was grateful to be invited to the First White House Mapathon and was able to thank the U.S. State Department for sharing satellite imagery and mapping support for Super Typhoon Haiyan. I’m thrilled to have been invited back to the White House for their Second White House Mapathonon July 7, 2016. #WHMapathon

The Philippines is the third most disaster prone country in the world, and the number one most at risk from climate change. With Map the Philippines readying for launch in the coming weeks, we aim to map the Philippines’ 81 provinces by December 2017 for better transparency, prioritization, coordination and monitoring of public and private infrastructure needs and projects. Beyond disaster management, our mapping, training and programs focus on building community resilience to help achieve the United Nations 17 Sustainable Goals.

The Office of Science and Technology Policy invites you to the Second White House Mapathon to celebrate and actively do Open Mapping on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Open Mapping, or collaborative mapping, is where participants use a wiki-like approach to contribute to maps of the world. Open, accessible data -— including geospatial data — has been a key component of the Administration’s Open Data initiatives. During this event, we will highlight exciting initiatives that collect, create and use open geospatial data and participate in mapping projects to further those initiatives.

Increasingly, tools like citizen science and crowdsourcing are opening up the ability for the public to contribute to government datasets, and for government to support the creation of open data. Agencies including the Department of State, the Department of Interior, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Peace Corps, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the General Services Administration are working on crowdsourced mapping projects.

Crowdsourced mapping projects and participants are part of a growing innovation movement, transforming the relationship between the government and the public, and supported by United States commitments in the Second and Third Open Government National Action Plans. The White House Mapathon will highlight the successes and invite participants to contribute to the rising efforts in Open Mapping.


7th International Conference of Crisis Mappers in Manila

I’m thrilled to be co-organizing the 7th International Conference of Crisis Mappers in Manila on September 28-30, 2016. The week of October 1st sends our participants to field sites across the Philippines to connect with local communities and collaborate on mapping tasks.

This year’s theme is Building Resiliency: Inclusive Innovations in Crisis Mapping. The Philippines is the third most disaster prone country in the world and the most at risk from climate change. Its geography is spread over 7,000 islands, which are home to 12 ethnic groups and over 100 tribal groups. In contrast, it is also the fasted growing economy in Asia and our communities are one of the top users of social media in the world. In spite of our many challenges, Filipinos maintain a remarkably resilient and warm culture, even Anthony Bourdain dedicated a show episode to our resounding spirit.

Everyone is welcome to attend the conference, we hope to have a good representation of all the sectors providing their insights and feedback. We hope many Filipinos will participate, and we are offering a 3-day conference rate of P2500 to improve accessibility and will open scholarship opportunities as well.

Registration will open soon, please stay tuned.

 


MNL Urban Design Festival: Resilient Data for Resilient Cities

by Celina Agaton

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“A Resilient City is one that has developed capacities to help absorb future shocks and stresses to its social, economic, and technical systems and infrastructures so as to still be able to maintain essentially the same functions, structures, systems, and identity.” ResilientCity.org

To become a resilient city, coordinating the efforts of the public and private sectors is essential to the well-being of our communities, and to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. How can data, mapping, crowdsourcing and legislation help us help each other? Hear from Map the Philippines (MapPH) founder, Celina Agaton on how they plan on mapping the Philippines by 2017.


Open Data Day

by Celina Agaton

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Come join me for Open Data Day Philippines at Mapua Institute of Technology Makati Campus on March 11th from 9am to 5pm. I’ll be speaking about Map the Philippines at 11:30am.

Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.


Map The Philippines and Mozilla GeoWeek Mapping Party

OSM GeoWeek Mapping Party

The week of November 15-21 is Geography Awareness Week and to help celebrate, Map the Philippines and Mozilla Community Space Manila are hosting an OpenStreetMap GeoWeek mapping party on November 17 from 1-6pm.

We believe maps and community driven mapping projects can help visualize the needs and opportunities in our neighbourhoods. Maps can serve as the connecting point to coordinate and track efforts across government, business, NGOs and community groups. Which is why we support OpenStreetMap, a free and open source mapping platform supported by a community of over 2.3 million mappers that contribute data about roads, hospitals, restaurants, coffee shops and more from around the world. Learn more about becoming a mapping volunteer.

Learn about OpenStreetMap and how mapping helps visualize community needs and opportunities in disaster, livelihood, arts, heritage preservation and food security.

If you’d like to learn how to map, please bring your own laptop, tablet or GPS.
The event is free and everyone is welcome! Introductions will begin from 1:00-2:00pm.

Please register at http://geoweekmnl2015.eventbrite.com

Hashtag #mapPHL #osmgeoweek
November 17, 2015

1:00 to 6:00pm
Mozilla Community Space Manila (MozSpaceMNL)
Roof Deck, Molave Building,
2231 Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo)
Makati City, Philippines 1233

Mobile Number:
+63.905.398.4499

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OpenAerialMap

by Celina Agaton

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OpenAerialMap is an open service to provide access to a commons of openly licensed imagery and map layer services from around the world. Rather than spending time and resources on expensive imagery, you can search teh repository and download or contribute imagery to the growing commons of openly licensed, non-commercial imagery. This helps governments, NGOs, business and academe access expensive imagery and helps reduce duplicate efforts on high resolution map imagery.

Under the World Bank OpenRoads project, my company and partners were the first to share our Philippine imagery on OpenAerialMap.

Learn more about the OpenRoads project.


World Bank OpenRoads Project

by Celina Agaton

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The World Bank’s Open Roads program requested my consulting company to lead mapping training with local government units, business, NGOs, academe and citizens in partnership with the Philippine Department of Budget and Management’s initiative to fast track much need road infrastructure in the country. By using OpenStreetMap’s free online mapping tools, this would enable the national government to more effectively plan and disburse funding for local, regional and national road networks. Road construction is one of the largest sources of corruption in the country, and by using participatory budgeting and open data, communities can request and track the status of roads in their communities.

Learn more about the project here.


2015 USAID AidData Fellows

2015 USAID AidData Fellows

Celina Agaton with the 2015 USAID AidData Fellows

 

I’ve had the pleasure of hosting five USAID AidData Fellows from June to August 2015 here in Manila to work on several of my Map the Philippines initiatives. This is the first time fellows have been hosted in the Philippines, and we hope to host more fellows in the future. The AidData program helps improve the planning, tracking and delivery of aid of by using maps to visualize where aid has been delivered to a nation. In many cases, aid reporting data tracks the announcement of aid being promised to a nation but doesn’t track the flow down to the region, province, municipality, barangay or village. The process of creating these maps starts with geocoding, where a program or service is assigned a geographic location so that it can be placed on a map. Plotting these locations helps create maps that visualize patterns in the delivery of aid against poverty, disaster risk, hunger and other measures that can help fine tune programming and identify whether there are gaps and overlaps in the flow of aid within and organization, and across sectors. Government, NGOs, Business and citizens provide many programs and services to help communities, but often work independently, and in silos, so mapping can provide opportunities for better coordination, collaboration and monitoring of aid.

 

Literacy funding (purple areas) mapped against illiteracy levels - brown to dark brown indicating higher illiteracy levels.

Literacy funding (purple areas) mapped against illiteracy levels – brown to dark brown indicating high illiteracy levels.

 

So far the Fellows have joined me on several community engagements across Manila and Leyte, meeting mayors, students and other community leaders, faced challenges with contacting multiple government agencies for access to data and traveled hours to remote areas with limited road infrastructure for first hand experience on the importance of mapping and open data policies for better planning and accountability across public and private sectors. They’ll compile a summary of their work here by August, stay tuned here for the final report.

The fellows are here until August 12th, and are available to provide a complimentary 1-3 hour presentation or half day geocoding workshop to your organization. Here’s more background on their presentation.

Contact me for more details.


Netsquared Manila Launch February 24

by Celina Agaton
Netsquared Organizers at the N2Y4 Mobile Challenge Conference in 2010.

Netsquared City Organizers at the N2Y4 Mobile Challenge Conference in 2010.

Back in 2009, I co-organized Netsquared Toronto, the beginnings of a new life working in the tech for good sector and creating global programs and technology tools and events that enhance cross sector civic and community engagement. More than five years later and half way across the world, I’m back in Manila and excited to help launch Netsquared Manila.

Part of what brought me here was Typhoon Haiyan. Having grown up in Jakarta, Manila and Toronto, the need for networked community infrastructure around disasters inspired me to create a cross sector platform to help map the NGO, government, business and citizen group communities. Visualizing the work of organizations by location helps provide better transparency, accountability and collaboration during disasters, but more importantly helps build and strengthen these relationships year round. The platform includes workshops on how to map using OpenStreetMap, field mapping, drone mapping, sustainable livelihood programs and internet access tools to bring connectivity to at risk communities.

For NGOs, we’re mapping the needs of the sector, helping make community needs more visible to funders and to understand where there are gaps and overlaps in support.

In my role as co-organizer along with Jed Adao and Jake Fadallan, we’re getting to know the NGOs in Manila and creating events to help meet the tech needs of the community through our face to face Meetup group.

We hope you’ll join us! Our launch meetup is on February 24th from 6-9pm at co.lab in Pasig.

 

Repost from Netsquared.