Students at the Uganda Christian University in Mbale, organised a Mapathon. The event brought together a diverse group of students from UCU’s mapping society. Though the participants have various levels of experience using OpenStreetMap (OSM), the student-led initiative emphasized the power of both individuals and groups to impact development.
The UCU students chose project #1436 MapUganda-Phase 1 from the HOT Tasking Manager. This project partners Makerere University, Uganda Christian University (UCU), Livingstone University and Makerere University in Jinja to map financial services, healthcare access points, and education facilities. The Students had contributed to the first phase of the MapUganda project by digitising the roads and towns in Mbale. The group’s map edits showcased OpenStreetMap’s ability to capture valuable local knowledge and the capabilities of remote map making. Most importantly, the Mapathon capitalized on the strength of the mapping community and underlined the importance of its networks. In addition to a morning of mapping, the first Youth Mappers chapter with the Uganda Christian University students was established. Youth Mappers is an international network of student-led university chapters committed to addressing real world challenges. As a Youth Mappers chapter, UCU students are connected to a global network of mappers, problem solvers, and contemporary innovators focused on disaster resilience and international development. Map Uganda looks forward to collaborating with these students in the future, and wishes them the best of luck on all their future mapping endeavors!