The Nepal mapping project is an extension of NetEngine’s involvement in the Random Hacks of Kindness movement, driven by a number of regional partners and sponsors in Australia. As the event’s Brisbane host, NetEngine runs hackathons twice a year that bring together talented technologists and creative thinkers to deliver real technology solutions to social problems.
As news of the disaster made headlines, NetEngine Managing Director Bruce Stronge mobilised his team to put their skills to good use, and now him and his team are asking for you to join the cause, by bringing your IT skills to the team.
“Our team is leveraging mobile and web-based applications, participatory maps, aerial and satellite imagery, geospatial platforms and advanced visualisations to provide up to date mapping during this humanitarian crisis. We are calling on anyone who’d like to help to log on and start mapping,” Stronge said.
For anyone interested in helping out with the mapping operation in response to the Nepal earthquake, click here, and follow the links.
“Mapping projects like these are necessary because vast areas of the planet’s land-masses aren’t mapped, mainly because the majority of mapping applications are powered by commercial sponsorships and advertising,” Stronge says.
“These sponsorships don’t exist in most areas of the developing world, leaving roads connecting remote communities off the map when a crisis hits.”