Mapathon UIO: Mapping Quito in a week

We at Urbamapp feel strongly about the power of community-generated information and so for the past 9 months we have been hard at work building an easy-to-use app for crowdsourcing spatial data. We have also spent a lot of time talking with local NGOs and business owners to try to better understand how they use data and what data they are currently lacking. The results of this effort are present in the latest release of the beta app.


To celebrate (and of course test it) we organized the first non-humanitarian mapathon in Quito with the help of our friends at MiBus. The mapathon was a free and public event that began on February 3, 2017 and lasted a week in order to map useful information about formal and informal business, services, transportation, food, entertainment among other things all on a map.


The launch of the mapathon was at IMPAQTO, a co-working space, known as the top incubator for socially responsible startups. Great prizes worth more than $2,000 USD were donated by our 10 fantastic sponsors Thoughtworks,, MiBus, Biciacción, Cizo Motta, Edgar Sandoval Photografy, Cineplex, Cassolette, Shawarma Lounge Quito and La Burguesa.


A total of 224 people joined the event by downloading the app and mapped 1800 places, of which 300 points were informal bus stops and now are present on the MiBus website. YaEsta provided the first-place prize of Bluetooth speakers to the team, “Las Tres Mosqueteras”, who mapped 366 places.


The success of the first mapathon in Quito illustrates the power of crowdsourcing digital information, delivering results very quickly and at a low cost. The Urbamapp app not only collects volunteered geographic information (VGI) but adds gamification elements to motivate the community to generate better data as well as an administration portal that helps organizers analyze and watch the progress of the event in real-time.


Want to learn more? Watch YaEsta’s coverage of the Quito Mapathon launch.


Checkout the map for yourself by downloading the app on for Android or iOS. Happy Mapping!



Ana Maria Quiros
Ana Maria Quiros

An Open Data advocate with experience in data collection and business intelligence.