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... is a Geospatial Workshop Series in Chiapas to increase study skills, geographic awareness and civic engagement.


・It's reported that Latin America ranks second to last of all developing regions in adoption of geospatial technologies. At the same time, geospatial is the 4th ICT4D sector out of 14 that will impact development from now until 2025. Geospatial field is a technically demanding one; in light of Latin America's skills gap, this makes for taller hurdles to overcome. ・To build the geo-literacy necessary to work in geospatial a workshop program for youth in Chiapas is proposed. The workshops intend to teach geo-concepts, explore the geo-environment and visualize a future geo-scape. ・The program intends to positively change the socioeconomic life of the state and the larger region through increasing the geospatial skills of participants while expanding their geographic awareness. Each day of the workshop functions as a complete module; cumulatively, nascent geodesigners will be formed. Skillsets will grow, bonds between participants will be forged and connections between participants and community members will be cultivated.


Arturo designs for conflict resolution, community and communication. Founder of Moreno Geodesign with projects in Japan, Afghanistan, Indonesia and Mexico.

  • Community development expert: Juan Cruz López

Juan is a native of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas and a landscape artist for over 17 years. Dedicated to development, he's fluent Spanish and Tzotzil.

Ms. Vergara is an economist, computer scientist, pgRouting developer, and free software advocate. She's a for Google Summer of Code mentor since 2015 and member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation board.