As smart technology widens and deepens its grasp across Dhaka and the rest of Bangladesh, more and more people are using it for a wide variety of everyday reasons. One of the most revolutionary impact smart tech has had since its inception is on navigation. Google maps have changed how people look for places. Be it a school, or an office or a restaurant.
Google maps have been gaining popularity in Dhaka city over the last few years, but there isn’t enough awareness regarding the issue. Not all businesses are on the map as they need to be. For this reason, there has been workshops to train mappers how to include all the businesses in their neighbourhood (reaching as far as the madrashas in your village). Mapping Bangladesh is an online community of mappers who are constantly and literally putting regions of Bangladesh on the map and thus helping develop a digital mapping system with the help of the local people.
This week, Mapping Bangladesh held the first of many chapters in United Aviation College in Uttara. The event was hosted by Avijit Roy Kabyo. He showed the participants (most of whom were students, and locals) on how to add any businesses they know around their locality into the map. His presentation was very simple, concise and detailed. He went over, in painstaking detail on how to include a business with the help of Google Map maker (http://www.google.com/mapmaker), how the adding works, who are in charge of the reviews and edits, etc. The purpose behind the event was to get more people to engage themselves and others in putting businesses around them on the map, so access to any and every business in those regions are bolstered.
The event was carried out with a packed audience and it was concluded with a very informative Q/A session. It was followed by a very entertaining surprise quiz round, with goodies handed out to the winners. The event was conducted with the help of the following
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