A National Level collaborative Indian Mapping Event

Let us Map India Together!


Registration: 1 Feb. 2022 - 02 Mar. 2022
Submission: 22 Feb. 2022 - 28 Mar. 2022
Results: After 28 Mar 2022

About Mapathon

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.

What is Mapathon?

Mapathon is a map making competition for creating thematic maps. 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. This event, organised jointly by IIT Bombay and AICTE invites all Indians nationals to develop maps from openly available geospatial datasets using Free Open Source Software (FOSS), for example QGIS, in order to foster large scale usage of maps in different thematic areas. It also aims to develop indigneous 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. The participants will collectively work in a crowd sourcing method for jointly producing thematic maps of India.

Eligibility to participate

All Indian Nationals

Team size and Composition

You can participate as an individual or as a team (max. 4 members + 1 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.


Problem Statements: [to be decided based on data availability]

  1. Mapping of natural resources/man-made features
  2. Natural Resources Change Detection 
  3. LULC Change with hotspots using LULC maps from Bhuvan
  4. Flood Maps
  5. State-wise Health Care Indicators Maps
  6. Locust infestation / Stubble burning / Low lying areas / Low lying areas / Jhum Cultivation
  7. Road Network  and Road Quality / Drainage Maps
  8. Land Degradation Maps
  9. Health infra, population, age group etc. for Vaccination
  10. Detection of change in Waterbodies / Reservoirs / Wetlands
  11. Crop / Plantation  type map
  12. Amenities map 
  13. Water source and quality mapping
  14. Population crowding/ traffic hotspots
  15. Network coverage maps
  16. Local markets/produce/employment maps 
  17. Map of waste segregation and collection points
  18. Mapping places of cultural importance
  19. Choose your own topic

Data and Helpful Resources for Mapathon

The maps should be created at National/State/District level boundaries using ISRO data. For ISRO Data you may visit the following links:

  1. https://bhuvan.nrsc.gov.in/
  2. https://vedas.sac.gov.in/
  3. https://www.mosdac.gov.in/
  4. https://airquality.iirs.gov.in/
  5. https://nesdr.gov.in/

ISRO Data downloading and access methods

  1. BHUVAN: https://youtu.be/GjaueiRlEU4
  2. VEDAS: https://youtu.be/Qy1hIu8FNQ8
  3. MOSDAC: https://youtu.be/q33C4PriTL0

For boundary data/materials, you may visit this folder and data.gov.in.
Note: The user is liable for the correct use of Indian national boundaries, if represented in the maps.

Partners and Organisers


We request you to share the event details through this brochure with faculty members, students and others who might be interested. Download the brochure by clicking on the image.

Project Team

For any queries, contact us at: mapathon[at]fossee[dot]in