After a long gap since we had a debut mapping party in Lahore at FAST-NU in early 2010, here comes the party season for this year.
This year party season includes three mapping parties that are going to be in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi on 7th, 9th & 10th June respectively. These mapping parties basically serve the purpose of sharing and expanding knowledge & usabilities of digital cartography for public use at Google Map Maker platform by get-together of existing active mappers and new interested mappers from around the country & diaspora. Another fun purpose of these events are to collectively map an area chosen at the event by majority of attendees.
One can attend as many events as they wish though they have to register for each event in time in order to attend the event however events have already been arranged in three largest cities of Pakistan to facilitate the attendees travel arrangements.
Registration is compulsory and it must be done as soon as possible since limited seating availability.
Register for Islamabad event:
Registration for Lahore event:
Registration for Karachi event:
For this year season, all mapping parties are named as MapUp events and all the social updates will be available through twitter hashtag #MapUp.
The events are more focused on practical work with no exact agenda defined hence better be called as unconference type sessions. However, a draft agenda to go along with is as follows:
14:30 – Registration at reception.
15:00 – Welcome note by Badar Khushnood (Google Country Consultant, Pakistan).
15:15 – Mapping success stories and usage summery by Map Maker advocates.
15:45 – Product Introduction – Q&A.
16:15 – Training & Lab Mapping.
18:00 – End note, feedback, networking & refreshment.
The agenda may change according to choice of attendees and mapping location may also be selected by attendees or by organisers.
Google has covered these events in their official Google Lat-Long Blog as “A Cause to Celebrate in Pakistan with Google Map Maker“.