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iHub By Jessica Colaço / June 27, 2011

Mapping with the South Sudan Community

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Following the historic referendum in Southern Sudan, GoogleThe World BankUNOSATRCMRDand Satellite Sentinel are co-hosting an event in Nairobi, Kenya on June 30, 2011 to demonstrate the power of mapping and support the building of the world’s soon-to-be-newest independent nation on July 9, 2011. Without basic geospatial information, it is difficult for the government, civil society, development partners, and all stakeholders to evaluate the current needs, target their planning efforts, and mobilize proper resources. At times like these, it is critical to have good maps of roads, settlements, buildings and other services, with both local and official names.

This is the second in a series of mapping events. The first one was held at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., alongside a concurrent satellite event in Nairobi. More than 90 members of the Sudanese diaspora, along with regional experts from the World Bank, Sudan InstituteVoices for SudanThe Enough Project and other organizations gathered together to map South Sudan.

The goals of these events are to:

  • Help build a mapping community that will remain engaged in Southern Sudan over time and become self-sufficient
  • Support the innovative use of technology and data for ongoing monitoring and reporting
  • Help support ongoing efforts to build Southern Sudan’s geospatial data, which is critical for a region to achieve shared and inclusive growth
  • Create a mapping community that will pass on their technological knowledge to others in their broader Southern Sudan-related community

To this end, we would like to invite as many members as possible of the Sudanese community – and others who have current local geographic knowledge of the country – to this event. Knowledge of mapping software is not necessary; however, we would prefer attendees be familiar and comfortable with computers.

If you or people you know are interested in attending, please register here by Monday, June 26, 2011

Event details are as follows:

When: June 30, 2011
Where: iHub, 4th Floor, Bishop Magua Building, Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya.

For more information please visit the event site.

Posted by Evans Arabu, Geographic Specialist, Google Africa

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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  • Anahi at 15:33:20PM Monday, June 27, 2011

    If people are interested, this also is going on:

    For more info contact me (contact info in my blog)



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