Maptime event in progress! PHOTO CREDIT: Ramani Huria

Saturday 26th of September saw a Maptime Tanzania event take place with the goal of mapping Dodoma, Tanzania’s capital city. The event took place at the Kinu Innovation Space with over thirty people in attendance including community members, students, and techies.

David Taylor presents on what3words, with attendees testing out the app (left) PHOTO CREDIT: Ramani Huria

We had a number of special guests in attendance, including David Taylor from what3words ( what3words is aimed to give everyone in the world an address and does this by dividing the world into a global grid of 57 trillion 3mx3m squares. Each square has a 3 word address that can be communicated quickly, easily and with no ambiguity. David gave a background to the organisation as well as discussed how what3words can be applicable to individuals and organisations in Tanzania. 

Calist, Innocent, and Geoffrey from HOT start the mapping with an OSM fight, winner Innocent! PHOTO CREDIT: Ramani Huria

The Ramani Huria team gave an overview of what OSM is, and many elements of mapping, so that those new to mapping could get a brief understanding of the components. The supervisors showed us their skills with the first ‘OSM Fight’ of the day, with Innocent (@iam_innosaint) beating Calist (@evance_calist) 5-3! 

Dodoma before mapping began PHOTO CREDIT: Ramani Huria

With quite a number of new mappers in the group, the tables were organised to ensure experienced and new mappers could sit with one anything and assist in the mapping process. The city of Dodoma was divided into sections and each table assigned an area, then the race to map was on!

Dodoma at the end of the Maptime event PHOTO CREDIT: Ramani Huria

We made the day competitive and used the Open Street Map Reporter Tool ( to track which users had contributed to most to the mapping of Dodoma. The competition was fierce with the top users constantly edging one another out of the top spots. In the end, the #MapDodomaGuru was named the as Mboya Mkundelida – congratulations! 

Attendees at the #MapDodoma Maptime event PHOTO CREDIT: Ramani Huria

It was a great day of mapping and we were proud to get our capital city on the map! The next Maptime Tanzania event will take place at Buni, on Saturday, October 17th, from 10 am. See details on the Facebook event page and sign up via Eventbrite. You can also view the details of our previous Maptime events & mapping parties on our blog

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