Mobile experts have praised the work of the MapSwipe app in supporting international aid charities working with some of the most vulnerable communities in the world.
A mapping app that is supporting aid charities across the world has been awarded a top global mobile technologies prize.
The MapSwipe app is a crowdsourcing tool used by aid workers and volunteers to help them better support communities in need.
In the Tech4Good category at the latest GSMA MWC Barcelona event (formerly known as the Mobile World Congress) the app has been named ‘ best mobile innovation supporting emergency or humanitarian situations’.
The app supports aid charities by identifying key buildings and roads, changes in areas, population size and need as well as climate change and health challenges.
Once data is requested the MapSwipe team create a detailed guide for workers within the app. This uses imagery from a variety of sources and creates instructions for workers on travelling and working in local areas.
Those using the app can also track the impact of their work and receive badges for the distances they have covered.
It is in the process of incorporating machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies to further improve support for frontline aid workers.
Any NGO working across the world can request mapping for humanitarian activities.
British Red Cross
MapSwipe has been developed by the Missing Maps project, which has been founded by the British Red Cross, American Red Cross, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and Médecins Sans Frontières to map the most vulnerable places in the world.
“The British Red Cross is committed to using geo data to help understand and meet the needs of those in crisis in the UK and around the world,” said Adam Rowlands, Director of Digital and Innovation at British Red Cross.
“We’re very proud to support both MapSwipe and Missing Maps and are delighted that they have been recognised on the world stage, throwing a spotlight on how community driven tech solutions can have tangible life-saving impact.”