IIT Bombay FOSSEE Geospatial Mapathon 2024 (Edition IV)

About IIT Bombay FOSSEE Geospatial Mapathon 2024:

Mapathon is a map making competition for creating thematic maps, using open source data and mapping software. It is a collaborative event where participants come together to develop new tools/methods that improve the accuracy and usefulness of maps for a community. The FOSSEE team at IIT Bombay, along with its partners (earlier partners were AICTE, ISRO) will invite all Indians - to produce maps using various data (e.g. observation data, remote sensing data, crowdsourced data, etc.). The primary objective is to understand the potential of remote sensing data and make maps for Indian regions using free open source mapping software (e.g.: QGIS). The participants will collectively work in a crowd sourcing method for jointly producing thematic maps of India.

The data collected from various platforms have tremendous potential in mapping India’s resources, agriculture, climate and disaster management, rural and urban planning and in identifying pathways for future development. Such maps can be created using Free open Source platforms (such as QGIS). Let us join together to create such maps through the Mapathon.

Mapathon also aims to develop indigenous capacity to customize and employ mapping to resolve societal challenges and create new opportunities for young India.-. The primary objective is to understand the potential of open source mapping and maps for Indian regions and to build capacity for the same.


Please click on the following button to register yourself for the Hackathon

Important Dates

Registration start dateApril 15, 2024
Registration end dateMay 31, 2024
OriginationApril 30, 2024
Doubt clearing session 01May 16, 2024
Doubt clearing session 02May 25, 2024
Submission start dateApril 30, 2024
Submission end dateMay 31, 2024
Mapathon EvaluationJune 01 to June 10, 2024
01 minute (recording) presentation submissionJune 13, 2024 (by Champions/ Winners)
Declaration of Results (Tentative) xJune 13, 2024 (by Champions/ Winners)
Submission of recorded testimonials by winnersJune 20, 2024


The following are the mandates of the IIT Bombay FOSSEE GIS team. It is requested that the applicant(s) before or during the time of registration go through all the mandates laid out by the IIT Bombay FOSSEE GIS team, and adhere to it. It any violation/ breach of any mandate is found at any phase of the Mapathon, the concerned team(s) shall be disqualified without any further notice. It is also to be noted that at all times, the decision of the IIT Bombay FOSSEE GIS team shall be final and non-appealable.

  • Indian Citizen Only
  • Must be a bonafide student/alumni of UGC/AICTE/AIU recognized University/ College/ Research Organization in India
  • Use only Free/Libre Open Source Software
  • Use only Open Source Hardware
  • Align with any SDG. Work on real-life data sets.
  • Adhere to the Indian National Geospatial Policy
  • Use Indian Satellite data, and shape file only from the Survey of India portal
  • Inclined towards Gati Shakti (recommended).

The decision of the IIT Bombay FOSSEE GIS team will be final in all circumstances and non-appealable. By registering and participating in the Mapathon, the participant(s)/ team(s) will be bound to the mandates and shall be expected to abide by them.




DronesCivil Engineering
Case Study with Policy impactsOceanography
Remote SensingLandscaping
GroundwaterGIS in Medical Sciences
TransportCity Planning
Internet based Case StudyLand Use Land Cover of Districts in India
Media GIS Case StudyMedicine
EnvironmentalMunicipal GIS Case Study
Urban GIS Case StudyMining GIS Case Study
Refineries in IndiaAutomobile GIS Case Study
Nautical GIS Case StudyOcean GIS Case Study
Oil & Gas GIS Case StudyPark GIS Case Study
Government GIS Case StudyReal Estate GIS Case Study
Societal GIS Case StudySoil GIS Case Study
Sports GIS Case StudyGeodesy GIS Case Study
Telecommunication GIS Case StudyTourism GIS Case Study
Transmission GIS Case StudySpatial Billing Systems
Street view measureWeather GIS Case Study
Smart citySmart village
Any other theme can be proposed (subject to approval by IIT Bombay-FOSSEE-GIS team)

Problem Statements

  1. Mapping of natural resources/man-made features
  2. Natural Resources Change Detection 
  3. LULC Change with hotspots using LULC maps from Bhuvan
  4. Flood Maps
  5. State-wise Health Care Indicators Maps
  6. Locust infestation / Stubble burning / Low lying areas / Low lying areas / Jhum Cultivation
  7. Road Network  and Road Quality / Drainage Maps
  8. Land Degradation Maps
  9. Health infra, population, age group etc. for Vaccination
  10. Detection of change in Waterbodies / Reservoirs / Wetlands
  11. Crop / Plantation  type map
  12. Amenities map 
  13. Water source and quality mapping
  14. Population crowding/ traffic hotspots
  15. Network coverage maps
  16. Local markets/produce/employment maps 
  17. Map of waste segregation and collection points
  18. Mapping places of cultural importance
  19. Choose your own topic

Mapathon Process Flow




List of eligible participant/teams shall get link from the IIT Bombay FOSSEE GIS team to upload submissions



Declaration of Results

List of Candidates Eligible for Internship

(Only for top 50 individuals)

Sample Submission/Report

The sample report format will be sent to the registered teams only.

Prizes and Opportunity

Internship/ Fellowship (candidates shortlisted earlier couldn’t apply)

Eligibility to Participate

  • The IIT Bombay-FOSSEE-Mapathon is open ‘ONLY FOR INDIAN NATIONALS’.
  • Students, Scholars, Faculty who have are currently pursuing their studies/ working in UGC/AICTE/ AIU/ Union or State Government approved Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions/ Organisations are eligible to apply. The participating team(s) can be a mix of any field of study in Science or Engineering with adequate knowledge on creating maps/ GIS, Remote Sensing, Environment, Geography, Geology, Policy, Statistics, Policy, Medicine, Management, Urban Planning, Rural Development or any related domain.
  • Graduates holding a degree in any of the related domains (as mentioned above) are eligible to participate.
  • Professionals working in the GIS industry are also eligible to participate.
  • Indian students pursuing their education abroad are allowed to participate as well. In this case they shall be eligible only for the award of ‘e-certificate’.

Note: All the participants of the “IIT Bombay-FOSSEE-Mapathon’ are expected to mandatorily adhere to the mandates of the IIT Bombay FOSSEE GIS team. The decision made by the IIT Bombay FOSSEE GIS team shall be final and non-appealable at all circumstances.


Team size and composition

Participation to the fourth edition of the IIT Bombay FOSSEE Geospatial Mapathon 2024 can be done on  (i), an individual basis (single member) or (ii) a team (minimum 02 to maximum 04 members + 01 mentors). Ideally, a team should have people with basic mapping expertise.

The team can have a mentor (e.g. faculty, teacher, etc.), however, the exercise should be done by the team. Mentors can mentor multiple teams.

Each participant/ mentor will be issued only one certificate.


Data and Helpful Resources 

The maps can be created at National/State/District level boundaries using any 'open source' data. :

For boundary data/materials, you may visit the Survey of India portal

Note: The user is liable for the correct use of Indian national boundaries, if represented in the maps.

Mapathon Organizing team

Core Team
IIT Bombay

Prof. Kannan Moudgalya

P.I. FOSSEE & Professor Emeritus

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Prof. Pennan Chinnasamy

Co.P.I. FOSSEE & Professor-in-Charge

The Rural Data Research and Analysis Lab

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Mr. Mohamed Kasim Khan

National Coordinator - FOSSEE(GIS)

Senior Project Research Scientist

(National Mission on Education through ICT,
Ministry of Education, Government of India)

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

IIT Tirupati

Prof. Satyanarayana


Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati

Prof. Roshan Srivastav

Project Director & Associate Professor

Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati Navavishkar I-Hub Foundation

(National Mission Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical System, DST, Government of India)

Contact Us

Mohamed Kasim Khan

National Coordinator - FOSSEE(GIS)

Senior Project Research Scientist

National Mission on Education through ICT

Ministry of Education, Government of India

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Email: mohamedkasim@iitb.ac.in

General Inquiries: gis@fossee.in

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
The FOSSEE project is funded by the National Mission on Education through ICT,
Ministry of Education, Government of India.