First edition of “Tunisia MAPathon 2019”

“2019 Tunisia MAPathon” is the 1st challenge in Tunisia dedicated to the exploitation of open data to create geographical maps (Maps).

Organized by Tunisia E. Gov Society in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Open Data Forum and the School of Communication of the Central University of Tunis, this event will take place on April 27 and 28, 2019. It is open to the contribution and participation of everyone: journalists, students, data scientists, researchers, young freelancers, public decision-makers, companies or associations.

How to use open data to inform the public and how to use technologies to improve governance is the main issue of this 1st edition.

The event focuses on understanding how data changes over time (comparing maps or moving maps), comparing data by location (comparing maps or using colours and size to make distinctions), showing the distribution of some data and the evolution of this distribution over time, understand how to allocate resources, find the best route or path, discover hotspots, anomalies, non-standard data, discover local, regional and global trends, predict the displacement of a phenomenon where it can spread and study the geographical impact of certain scenarios.

During the 30-hour MAPathon, presentations and discussion sessions will be held in parallel with the main competition. Databases will thus be made available to the selected teams. Participants are also free to use other data sources as needed and after approval by the coaches.

The teams will compete for the best data product, which will take the form of one or more maps (static, interactive, heatmaps, 3D, etc.) that can shed light on a problem (unemployment, election, regional disparity, water, education, health…) and help to solve it. A prototype of the “product data” would be presented to the jury on the second day of the MAPathon.

The objectives of this MAPathon are to explore open data, encourage innovation and creativity, discover and highlight new Tunisian digital talents and promote partnerships between researchers, journalists, businesses; civil society and public administration.


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