A lot of international development folks are in town this week for the annual InterAction Forum, which is giving more of a focus to geo tools’ role in development. This leads to many interesting events this week around crisis mapping, disaster response, and OpenStreetMap, in addition to big draws like the monthly DC Tech meetup. Here is our roundup of technology events this week in Washington, DC. Have a great week!
Monday, April 30
Data Science DC: This meetup will feature a presentation on how information and data visualization can help further science and lead to new and different discoveries. Come out to see examples of visualization tools and what’s possible and success stories of visualization leading new products, approaches, and knowledge.
Tuesday, May 1
DC Tech Meetup #13: Hacks, Code, and Creative: This meetup always blows up and it looks like this month is no exception with more than 1,000 people RSVPing. Come out to meet them and hear 12 lightning talks on new projects, ideas, and the technology behind them.
Wednesday, May 2
International Development and ICT4D DC Meetup: This happy hour and tweet up will bring together folks attending the InterAction Forum and those just working in international development to connect and talk about how technology can be used to better advance the field.
7:00 - 9:00 pm
GeoDC Meetup: Crisis Mapping: This month’s meetup will feature five talks on crisis mapping, specifically looking at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team’s work in Haiti and beyond, new preparedness experiments, and mapping in Indonesia and the jungles of Mexico. Come out to hear some great talks and meet other folks interested in international development and crisis mapping.
Thursday, May 3
9:00 - 10:30 am
Crowdsourcing for Disaster and Humanitarian Response: In this panel discussion, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team will discuss how free, collaborative maps like OpenStreetMap are uniquely valuable to humanitarian work and how to use and verified crowdsourced data to grow the geo dataset. RSVP here.
1:00 - 6:00 pm
New Tools in Mapping for Disasters and Development: The World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and InterAction are holding this half day workshop to teach people how to use free and open source mapping and GIS tools in projects and showcase successful examples of how they’ve been used successfully in disaster and development scenarios. We will be there to walk through how to make custom web maps with TileMill.