Join Us for the First Missing Maps Mapathon in Turkey on the Occasion of World Refugee Day! (TR)

As part of the Missing Maps project, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) invite you to participate in a mapping event on Sunday, June 18, from 15:00 to 17:00 at Impact Hub Istanbul.


For the first time in Turkey, MSF, with support from HOT, is organising a Missing Maps Mapathon. On the occasion of World Refugee Day (which falls on June 20th), we’ll come together as dedicated mappers, MSF friends, and supporters in Istanbul in order to raise awareness about the situation of refugees throughout the world and to contribute to the medical and humanitarian work of our teams in the field.

Founded by MSF, the Red Cross, and HOT, Missing Maps is powered by volunteers around the world and in local communities who map underserved regions in order to provide international and local NGOs and individuals with maps and geographic data to better respond to crises. Using the OpenStreetMap (OSM) platform ensures all data gathered is free, open, and available for use under an open license.

At this event, we will be remotely mapping parts of the world's most remote locations in OSM's Tasking Manager to facilitate the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced people by MSF and other humanitarian aid organisations.

By joining us on the 18th of June, you will help map areas where humanitarian organisations are meeting the needs of vulnerable people. With your help, we can bring medical and humanitarian aid to where it's needed most!

For a rewarding, educational and engaging evening that directly contributes to our medical and humanitarian work in the field, don't forget to register on our Eventbrite event page! Please note that the maximum number of participants will be limited to 50 people.

The faster you register, the more certain you get your place in the event! To follow the event page on Facebook, please click here!

Hope to see you then and there!

Important Reminders

  • Please note that the event will be held in English due to the language used in the mapping platform we will be working on. Basic knowledge and understanding of English is necessary.
  • You need to bring your own laptop (preferably fully charged), as we cannot provide one for each participant. Mouse is also recommended to facilitate mapping.


14:30 Registration & Set-Up

15:00 Lightning Talks and Introduction to Missing Maps

15:30 iD Training

16:00 Mapping

17:00 End of Day Presentation, Mapping Progress Talk


What is Missing Maps Mapathon?

The aim of the Missing Maps Project is to map the most crisis-prone parts of the developing world. With your help, we can directly improve the lives of some of the world's most vulnerable people. Both beginners and experienced mappers are welcome to join this Mapathon. Please indicate your level and choose your ticket according to your level of mapping skills.

What do I need for the event?

Just a laptop (you must bring your own with you), a mouse (recommended), and your enthusiasm for voluntary humanitarian support!

What do I have to do now?

Register here for the event and become one of 50 participants. If you want to help the organisers on a voluntary basis during the event, either by providing validation of mapping activities or general support, please get in touch with us at If you cannot participate in this Mapathon but would like to take part in the next one, please contact us at the same email. We’ll definitely have more Mapathons in the future!

Do I need to be an experienced mapper to join the Mapathon? 

No. A basic mapping training will be conducted at the beginning of the event for first-timers. We will also be working on a simple task, which will not require high skills of mapping. Both beginners and experienced mappers are welcome to join.

Why is the event limited to only 50 participants?

This is our first Missing Maps Mapathon in Istanbul, Turkey, so we want to ensure that there's good quality internet connection for all participants and adequate support from trained mappers to answer questions during the event. In the future, we are hoping to organise bigger mapping events with a larger number of participants.

Which part of the world will be mapped?

The area to be mapped will be determined in line with the urgent needs of refugee/IDP populations. That’s why it will be decided and announced on our event pages closer to the date of event.

How do I get to the event venue? 

It's very easy to reach Impact Hub Istanbul via metro. Take the M2 Metro line and get off at "Sanayi Mahallesi" stop. Exit the metro from the "Güney Çıkışı" (Southern Exit) and walk in the direction of 4. Levent. Turn right from the first street onto Emirşah Sokak. At the end of the street, you'll see the Impact Hub Istanbul building (No: 21).

Impact Hub Address: Yeşilce Mahallesi Emirşah Sokak No: 21 Kağıthane/İstanbul.

For further info, please visit:

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact MSF at and HOT at for any questions regarding the event.

Missing Maps is a collaborative, humanitarian project that pre-emptively maps parts of the world that are vulnerable to natural disasters, conflicts, and disease epidemics. It was founded in November 2014 by Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the Red Cross and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), and has mapped large towns and cities in countries such as South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. - 

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) applies the principles of open source and open data sharing to create maps vital for humanitarian response and economic development. As co-founder of the Missing Maps initiative, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) enables displaced people in the most vulnerable settings to create highly detailed, up-to-date maps of their host communities.

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