Humanitarian Mapping. My journey mapping the uncharted world / Tawanda Kanhema / TED Salon Brightline Initiative.

Tawanda Kanhema puts cities on the map with the goal of improving digital inclusion by accelerating the distribution of technology solutions in places where they are most needed.

#ScoutsWhoMap #SeaScoutsWhoMap. During 2020 Covid-19 lockdown, Sea Scouts from BSA Transatlantic Council did a BSA Mapathon to commemorate Red Cross Day. Scouts participated in humanitarian mapping using Humanitarian OpenStreetMap’s open source HOT to add new building and roads to maps.

Start mapping and get ready for 2021 BSA Mapathon in May 2021. #BSAMapathon2021.

Significant pieces of the globe are literally not on the map: they’re missing from the most widely used mapping platforms, like Google Street View, leaving communities neglected of vital services and humanitarian aid. In this globetrotting talk, photographer Tawanda Kanhema takes us along on his journey to map 3,000 miles of uncharted areas in Zimbabwe, Namibia and northern Canada — and shows how we can all contribute to building a more connected world.

This talk was presented at a TED Salon event given in partnership with Brightline Initiative. TED editors featured it among our selections on the home page. Read more about TED Salons.

Start mapping. Help communities by participating in Humanitarian OpenStreetMap’s open-source mapping exercises. HOT is an international team dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping. Learn how to map here.

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