17th July 2015

Sign up for a Mapathon


Originally posted by the Cartographic Design Team on the Ordnance Survey blog.


BCSLogoOn Tuesday 8 September we’ll be hosting the 2nd Mapathon, alongside the British Cartographic Society (BCS) and the Society of Cartographers (SoC).

The developer world has been using hackathons for a number of years to quickly create software for a common, often charitable purpose. The Mapathon adopts the same principles but, rather than software, our output will be high-quality cartographic products that reveal previously unseen patterns in the data, or maps the charity can use for marketing.

Working with data supplied by the Mammal Society, teams or individuals from the cartographic community are invited to gather together to share their ideas, skills and experience for the benefit of others. Each team has the chance to present their work to a panel of judges, who will review the projects and award prizes.


Attendance for the Mapathon is free and will be held at the Radisson Park Inn, York from 9 am until 4 pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided and all we ask is that you bring yourself, a laptop and appropriate software.

The Mapathon forms part of this year’s BCS/SoC Annual Symposium which will follow the Mapathon on the 9 and 10 September.

The Symposium brings together delegates from commercial, academic and government organisations who share a common interest in using and promoting maps as a valuable means of communication.

This year’s event includes session themes on:

There will also be the chance to attend a range of useful and interesting workshops.

There’s more information on the events here, or you can sign up here.