Asia Pacific Map and Chat Hour

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The first ever Asia Pacific Map and Chat Hour will happen on August 27, 2021, 9 AM UTC
Enjoy mini-games and get a chance to win exciting prizes!
Participants can go around break out rooms to map and chat with other OSM enthusiasts all over the region

The Asia Pacific Map and Chat Hour (AP-MACH) is an online monthly event hosted by the Open Mapping Hub - Asia Pacific (OMH-AP) that aims to gather OSM enthusiasts to create a regional movement to connect, network, collaborate, map, and have fun together. Its main objective is to create a space where mappers - both new and old, can come together to not just map, but also develop a relationship with each other, because we believe we need to work together as a unified team to strengthen mapping in our region and create a movement.

From August 2021 - December 2021, the OMH-AP has successfully implemented 5 Map and Chat Hour sessions. It was able to account for 583 participants from 31 countries and mapped more than 13,600 buildings in Fiji, Kiribati, and Bangladesh altogther.

General Activity Timeline

Duration Activity
0:00 - 0:15 OMH Introductions

Rules and Regulations

Timeline and Agenda

What and Why "Map and Chat Hour"

0:15 - 0:20 Breakout Rooms Guidelines
0:20 - 1:00 Opening of Break Out Rooms
1:00 - 1:20 OSM Game
1:20 - 1:25 Attendance Form
1:25 - 1:30 Closing Remarks/ Announcement/ Updates

Map and Chat Hour 2021 Sessions

Session Summary

Session Date Time (+8:00) Number of Participants Beginner Room Map Room Chat Room Game Time
Session 1 August 27, 2021 (Friday) 5:00 PM 122 Introduction to OSM Map your own Community Questions for the Open Mapping Hub OSM Bingo
Session 2 last week of September 5:00 PM 129 Introduction to OSM + OSM Bingo Mapping Project in Fiji + OSM Bingo
Session 3 last week of October 5:00 PM 88 Introduction to OSM Mapping Project in Kiribati Disaster Mapping Needs with Harry Machmud Where on Earth Game
Session 4 last week of November 5:00 PM 124 Introduction to MapSwipe Mapping Project in Bangladesh Challenges in Community Building with Arnalie Vicario OSM Scavenger Hunt
Session 5 4th week of December 5:00 PM 120 Sharing from Community Speakers (MapaTagontong - Philippines, Toaa Brown - Samoa, Mohammed Faisal - Iraq) and Disaster Mapping Research with David Garcia Movie Game and OSM Scavenger Hunt

Prize Winners

Session Winners and Prizes
Session 1
Session 2
Session 3
Session 4
Session 5

Session Statistics

Statistics generated are sourced from the attendance form collected during Map and Chat Hours. This accounts for 50% of actual attendees.

Session Participation
Number of Recurring Participants
Number Percentage
Participants joining atleast 1 Session 196 100%
Participants joining atleast 2 Session 60 31%
Participants joining atleast 3 Session 17 9%
Participants joining atleast 4-5 Session 6 3%
Country Distribution
Priority Country (25) 82.9%
Asia Pacific Non Priority Country 9.8%
Outside Asia Pacific Region 7.3%
Top Participating Countries*
Rank Country Number of Registered PAX
1 Philippines 86
2 Nepal 68
3 Indonesia 18
4 India 15
5 Sri Lanka 15
6 Fiji 14
7 Bangladesh 10
Gender Identity Distribution
Gender Identity %
Female 41.2%
Male 55.3%
Queer, Gender-fluid, Agender, etc. 3.4%
Participant Profile Statistics

Map and Chat Hour 2022 Sessions

Organization Invitation

Please do reach out to us via if you wish for the organizers to send a letter of invitation to specific organizations and communities.

Feedback/ Recommendations/Suggestions

Everyone is welcome to send their feedback and recommendations for the future Map and Chat Hour sessions. Please answer this form so that we are able to take note and consider these suggestions.