Mapathon is a map making competition for creating thematic maps, using open source data and mapping software. It is a collaborative event where participants come together to develop new tools/methods that improve the accuracy and usefulness of maps for a community. The FOSSEE team at IIT Bombay, along with its partners (earlier partners were AICTE, ISRO) will invite all Indians - to produce maps using various data (e.g. observation data, remote sensing data, crowdsourced data, etc.). The primary objective is to understand the potential of remote sensing data and make maps for Indian regions using free open source mapping software (e.g.: QGIS). The participants will collectively work in a crowd sourcing method for jointly producing thematic maps of India.
The data collected from various platforms have tremendous potential in mapping India’s resources, agriculture, climate and disaster management, rural and urban planning and in identifying pathways for future development. Such maps can be created using Free open Source platforms (such as QGIS). Let us join together to create such maps through the Mapathon.
Mapathon also aims to develop indigenous capacity to customize and employ mapping to resolve societal challenges and create new opportunities for young India.-. The primary objective is to understand the potential of open source mapping and maps for Indian regions and to build capacity for the same.
Note: All the participants of the “IIT Bombay-FOSSEE-Mapathon’ are expected to mandatorily adhere to the mandates of this event. For more details, please refer to..
You can participate as an individual or as a team (max. 04 members + 01 mentor). Ideally, a team should have people with basic mapping expertise. The team can have a mentor (e.g. faculty, teacher, etc.), however the exercise should be done by the team. Mentors can mentor multiple teams.
Each participant/ mentor will be issued only one certificate.
|Case Study with Policy impacts||Oceanography|
|Groundwater||GIS in Medical Sciences|
|Internet based Case Study||Land Use Land Cover of Districts in India|
|Media GIS Case Study||Medicine|
|Environmental||Municipal GIS Case Study|
|Urban GIS Case Study||Mining GIS Case Study|
|Refineries in India||Automobile GIS Case Study|
|Nautical GIS Case Study||Ocean GIS Case Study|
|Oil & Gas GIS Case Study||Park GIS Case Study|
|Government GIS Case Study||Real Estate GIS Case Study|
|Societal GIS Case Study||Soil GIS Case Study|
|Sports GIS Case Study||Geodesy GIS Case Study|
|Telecommunication GIS Case Study||Tourism GIS Case Study|
|Transmission GIS Case Study||Spatial Billing Systems|
|Street view measure||Weather GIS Case Study|
|Smart city||Smart village|
|Any other theme can be proposed (subject to approval by IIT Bombay-FOSSEE-GIS team)|
The maps should be created at National/State/District level boundaries using ISRO data. For ISRO Data you may visit the following links:
ISRO Data downloading and access methods:
For boundary data/materials, you may visit the Survey of India portalNote: The user is liable for the correct use of Indian national boundaries, if represented in the maps.
Mohamed Kasim Khan
Program Manager, FOSSEE-GIS
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay