Go to main content

HI Mapping Challenge: innovation to support humanitarian response

Explosive weapons
International

Maps contain information essential to the deployment of humanitarian teams in the field, but in areas isolated due to natural disasters, conflicts or sanitary crises, they are often incomplete or non-existent. To map every part of the world, HI and CrowdAI launched a Mapping Challenge - the first stage of which was completed at the end of May.

Thanks to technology, it is easier to draw map from satellite images

Thanks to technology, it is easier to draw map from satellite images | © HI

Without maps, humanitarian teams working on degraded terrain lack the information they need to plan their response and make the right decisions, such as which route to take or the location of the most damaged areas. With an up-to-date and comprehensive map, humanitarian aid operations are better able to organise themselves in relation to the area concerned.

The problem is that producing and updating maps is a process that requires a lot of effort. Currently, maps are drawn by hand based on satellite images by specialised organisations or voluntary workers who take part in Mapathons, such as the one organised by HI in December 2017 to map Laos.

Some 300 people have joined the HI Mapping Challenge. They are developing the most efficient algorithms for automating the production of maps from satellite images. The process will be faster and generate maps that contain information relevant to NGO response.

HI is therefore a real actor in the development of innovative solutions for the humanitarian sector. The second stage of the Challenge has just begun and will last until the beginning of July. At the end of this period, the algorithms will be tested by UN Global Pulse and UNOSAT[1] and the five top participants will be named. They will be invited to share their results at the 5th International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics, where they will be able to congratulate themselves for having put innovation at the service of humanitarian response.

 

[1]A UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) technology programme for satellite image analysis

Where your
support
helps

PRESS CONTACT

CANADA

Gabriel PERRIAU

USA

Mica BEVINGTON

 

Help them
concretely

To go further

HI adapts its action to combat COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable
© Quinn Neely / HI
Emergency Health Inclusion

HI adapts its action to combat COVID-19 and protect the most vulnerable

Our teams are making changes to the way they work in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the field wherever possible. This includes reviewing their current response and implementing new projects to protect people from the virus and deal with the impact of the crisis, with a focus on people with disabilities, children, women, and isolated and older people.

COVID-19: Physical therapists help prevent the spread in vulnerable communities
© Quinn Neely / HI
Health Protect vulnerable populations Rehabilitation

COVID-19: Physical therapists help prevent the spread in vulnerable communities

Humanity & Inclusion’s teams are making changes to the way they work and assisting at-risk populations in response to the global spread of COVID-19. This will include providing local people with accessible, stay healthy messages, and offering access to physical therapists via WhatsApp. Our emergency rehabilitation expert Pauline Falipou explains:

HI adapts its operations to help with the Covid-19 pandemic
© B. Blondel / HI
Emergency Health

HI adapts its operations to help with the Covid-19 pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads to countries already affected by poverty, conflict and natural disasters, HI is adapting its response to the health crisis.