by Solidaritas
Nov 6, 2011

Wikimapa latest news! Updates from the field!

Dear friends and sponsors of Wikimapa Project,

long time since we last  sent our latest news and a lot of  updates must be gathered here in order to ensure you'll all tunned with everything that happened since August!

First our team would like to share that the launch event of Wikimapa expansion stage at Complexo do Alemao slum was a major success! We promoted a very big event on two very nice places at Complexo do Alemao being the firts the local movie theatre, with all the press from Brazil and Rio to watch and record streams to spread the word about Wikimapa project, our new wiki-reporters team and the scope of this new stage of the project. Later all the team promoted a huge party on a local court that counted with a lot of artistic presentations counting on the luxurios presence of many important local partners as the samba school and band from Complexo do Alemão and a group of street dancers from Afrorregae NGO. Watch out some nice pics bellow!

Since the launching Wikimapa achieved a lot of important new results and we´d like to share some, so that everyone can monitor our latest developments and project´s evolution.

 - 30 new streets never before registered on online mapping services were created on Wikimapa since August!

 - 375 new collaborators since the launch event and a total of 1,500 wikimapa users/collaborators!

 - 1,630 new Points of Interest inserted on the map since the launch event. Over 3,900 POIs mapped wiht Wikimapa project, specially on low-income areas!

 - over 250 downloads of wikimapa app for Symbian since August, with an expressive total of over 1,300 downloads of our app!

It's been a huge pleasure to work with this big new team of wiki-reporters, composed by 16 local young boys and girls that daily acts mapping the whole community and promoting community development by multiplying information and knowledge related to Wikimpa  project, mapping technologies and local apretiation!

It's possible that Rede Jovem Program team seal a new deal with our current sponsors (VIVO operator and Fundação Telefonica) to enable the expansion still on 2011 to other communities next to Complexo do Alemao! And we´re currently planning a huge replication process programmed for next year, when we'll see Wikimapa on huge low-income communities and well known favelas by its local culture legacy such as Mangueira and Rocinha, the biggest slum from Brazil and Latin America.

Help us keep Wikimapa alive and improve our technology by  enabling the creation of new versions of Wikimapa technology to other Operating Systems  - such as Android and IOS - to enable the mobile app availibility to other cell phone models and by that transforming anyone with a smartphone and the will to set new locations and create new local references on this new logics of producing maps on a wiki-reporter. Be yourself a wiki-reporter by using your knowledge to enlarge our references on the map and help us improve our technology and methodology by donating any ammount to our project. Check out our donations options to see which best fits your possibilities! Anyone can make a difference!


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