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Geo_Spark 2024

Open Data for Advancing Sustainable Development Goals

March 2 - Cate Hotel, Morogoro

Geo Spark in relation to Open Data Day

Open Data Day is a global celebration of open data, bringing together communities to explore, share, and create with open data. In line with this spirit, GeoSpark_Tanzania is a night-long geospatial hackathon/Mapathon celebrated annually and designed to harness the power of open mapping in addressing challenges associated with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This event aims:

  • To promote the use of geospatial data in addressing challenges related to Sustainable Development Goals through open mapping.
  • To foster collaboration and innovation among participants in the geospatial and mapping community.
  • To provide a platform for participants to enhance their mapping geospatial analysis and visualization skills.
  • To contribute to meaningful projects that align with the principles of open mapping.

This event brings together students, enthusiasts, geospatial experts, Cartographers, and developers from different sectors to collaborate on creating innovative solutions using geospatial open data. The event will also include an open mapping party/sprint that supports several mapping campaigns in Africa and beyond.



Meet Our Mentors, Illuminating Your Path to spark the night.

Frank Anderson

Environmental Specialist and Data Scientist - Global Water Partnership Tanzania

Frank, an environmental specialist and data scientist at Global Water Partnership Tanzania, has expertise in both "soft" skills like multi-stakeholder engagement and communication, and "hard" skills such as GIS, remote sensing for Water Resources Management (WRM), climate modeling, bankable proposal development, product design, web development, and artificial intelligence. With experience in the private sector and inter-governmental organizations, he develops data-driven solutions for complex WRM challenges, coordinates youth initiatives using open data, and designs programs/projects for WRM, water-related disasters, and Water-Energy-Food (WEF) security nexus. Frank holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences and Management from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA).

Janeth Mwakisole

Janeth is a certified drone pilot awarded at Malawi University of Science and Technology under the African Drone and Data Academy (ADDA). Janeth also holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences and Management awarded from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). She is currently working with GeoTE specifically in offering basic and advanced drone capacity-building sessions to humanitarian agencies, institutions, and organizations.

Brenda Moses

Brenda Moses Kilevo, excelling as a Drone Pilot, GIS Expert, Waste Advocate, and Data Analyst, leads with visionary guidance in leveraging data for informed decisions. As a skilled Drone Pilot, she captures unique perspectives for diverse applications. Her GIS expertise enables effective spatial data analysis, while her commitment to waste advocacy promotes sustainable practices. Passionate about robotics, Brenda innovatively applies technology to address challenges such as blanket spraying in farms and mining-induced land degradation, showcasing her dedication to cutting-edge solutions for a positive societal impact.



Saturday, Mar 2nd

Dowload the schedule
  • 19:00 - 20:00 - Arrival and Registration

  • 20:00 - 20:30 - Introductions and Team Building

  • 20:00 - 21:00 - ntroducing to open data, SDGs and Open Mapping

    Talk: OpenData / Room 31

  • 21:00 - 23:00 - Mapathon Sprint

  • 23:00 - 00:00 - Dinner and Networking

    Talk: Ninja coding / Room 31

  • 00: 00 - 00:30 - Confidence building games and presentation skills

  • 00: 30 - 01:00 - Challenge definition and expected outputs

  • 01:00 - 02:00 - Team Ideation part 1

    Talk: Wireframing / Room 19

  • 02:00 - 02:30 - Team presentations 1

  • 02:30 - 03:00 - How to win (Creating a powerful pitch deck)

    Talk: Big Data / Room 19

  • 03:00 - 04:00 - Team Ideation 2

  • 04:00 - 04:30 - Final Presentations

    Talk: OpenData / Room 31

  • 04:30 - 05:00 - Word from our sponsors

  • 0500 - 05:30 - Winners’ announcement and certificates

Previous Geo_Sparks

Previous Geo_Sparks

Throwbacks from previous Geospark events that have ignite to where Geospark is today

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  • 2023

Open Data Day 2022

Creating Open data to enhance Early warning systems

Open Data Day 2023

Creating Open data to enhance Early warning systems

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