Mapswipe for MapSwipe

5b. Best Mobile Innovation supporting Emergency or Humanitarian Situations

MapSwipe is improving humanitarian response and development worldwide, one swipe at a time. As part of Missing Maps, MapSwipe aims to put the most vulnerable people and places on the map, so that the data is available to better respond to crises and deliver life-saving aid. Our users have swiped through over 850,000km2 of satellite imagery, identifying where critical infrastructure such as buildings and roads are. MapSwipe is a collaborative and open source project – volunteer led with support from the British Red Cross, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Judges Comments

“An exceptionally important project with clear results and impact across multiple geographies – definitely a stand-out winner showing clear innovation and potential.



5b. Best Mobile Innovation Supporting Emergency or Humanitarian Situations

Andy Favell

mHealth consultant

Freelance web editor and mobile digital consultant

Sarah B Jordan

MS Society UK

Digital Strategy & Transformation

Kenechi Okeleke


Intelligence Analyst

Andrew Schroeder

Direct Relief


Jennifer Belissent


Principal Analyst

Mihoko Sakurai

International University of Japan

Associate Professor


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