#BangladeshChallenge : Crowdsourcing for Bangladesh

The campaign ‘Bangladesh Challenge’  aimed at digital mapping across the country was organized by Preneur Lab. It had received remarkable participation from youth in the process. As a result, One lakh and ten thousand locations have been added to Google Map and Open Street Map. Partners and Organizers of this campaign are Grammen Phone, a2i, Preneur Lab, Youth Hub, Bangladesh Scouts, Google Developer Group, Local Guides Bangla, UNDP, Open Streets, Post and Telecommunications Division, and Women Techmaker. Youth were given the opportunity to pinpoint important locations in Google Map and Open Street Map while staying at their houses. 31,000 registered mappers were given E-Certificates issued by the ICT Division. The penetration of Google Maps has been minimal outside the urban areas and caused problems for the citizens to locate various places. So, updating the map is very important for the entire nation. During a crisis as it will help the citizens to quickly locate important places like hospitals, commodity markets, recharge points, Nagad/bKash points, and many more. A total of 110,000 new local locations have been added to Google Maps through the Bangladesh Challenge campaign. “Altogether, 31,000 mappers have added 110,000 locations in Google Maps,” said State Minister of ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak. The state minister also announced the names of the top 100 mapper winners at the closing event.