UN GIS Hackathon

United Nations GIS Hackathon

In an ongoing effort to improve life the United Nations have sponsored a hackathon aimed at Fighting Ebola thanks to geospatial Open Source tools. 

Time, Venue, Format

Venue: JCSE, Braamfontein

Time: You can (and must!) start on a challenge NOW! Work on it in your own time.

Final: 1 July 2017

Bring yourself and your computer to the JCSE on 1 July where the following will take place:

08h00 - 13h00: Put the finishing touches to your project with help from mentors.

13h00 - 13h30: Lunch

13h30 - 15h30: Presentation and judging

15h30 - 16h00 prizegiving: a monetary prize sponsored by OSGeo plus a certificate issued by OSGeo and signed by the President of OSGeo

Award categories

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Hackathon entrants get discounted access to the preceding three days of FOSS4G where you can pick up skills in presentations and workshops or just sit and code.


Theme: Fighting Ebola thanks to geospatial OS tools.

You could extend an existing project or start something completely new on the web, mobile or desktop.

  • You must use FOSS and open data.
  • You must be ready to showcase it as a working demonstration by 13h00 on 1 July. No slides!
  • It must be your own work. (Where the projects is based on other sources these must be acknowledged.)
  • Your code must be on a public code repository (like GitHub) and be Open Source licenced.
  • You must include documentation so your code can be used by the UN OpenGIS Initiative and the general public.

Here are some ideas, but you are not limited to these - use your imagination!


Data can be found on WHO website: http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.ebola-sitrep.quick-downloads?lang=en

The UN Ebola Predictive Model: https://foss4g-africa.org/media/uploads/workflow_ebolapredictivemodel_l1.pdf

Use any open data source you like, or something from OpenUp.


Sign up for the Hackathon at (create a presentation type in the website). Entry is R 50 per team.


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