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Tech Week Event: Balloon Mapping Workshop

Join us for a balloon mapping workshop during Philly Tech Week! Balloon mapping is a low-cost, easy, and safe way to make maps and aerial images. This grassroots technique has been used by journalists and community groups all over the world. One of the most interesting balloon mapping projects involved capturing images of the damage caused by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

You’ll be making maps and launching balloons along with members of Hacks Hackers Philly, The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, and The Hacktory. The event is on Wednesday April 24 from 9:30a-3:30p. Location TBD.

Read more about balloon mapping and example uses on The Public Laboratory’s website. And check out recent balloon launches by Hacks Hackers members Sean McGinnis (video and maps) and Dana Bauer (images/video and maps).

This workshop will be a full-day event, with a morning session focused on building the rig and flying the balloon, and an afternoon session focused on using open source software to stitch the images together to make a map. The morning session will be outdoors in the city, so please dress accordingly. Lunch and the afternoon session will be indoors at a location TBD. It is possible for participants to attend either the morning session or the afternoon session or both.

We’re charging $10 to cover the cost of supplies and lunch. Please bring cash to the event. Sign up here.

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