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TEDxLahore - Omer Sheikh & Jabran Rafique - All you need is a map and some goodwill

Citing the Earthquake 2005 as the inspiration for him and Jabran Rafique to start digitally mapping Pakistan, Omer Sheikh asks some tough questions -- and goes on to reveal the endless benefits of having access to national information. About the speakers Image: Jabran RafiqueJabran Rafique is a student of MSc Web Development at Staffordshire University, and has been involved in mapping Pakistan with the Google Map Maker project since 2008. He has been recogonized as one of the top contributors to collective mapping in the world and received a Distinguished Super Mapper award by Google in 2009. His work has been featured on official Google blogs, and runs Google Map Maker & Google Maps Pakistan fan groups. His most recent collaboration involves Omer Sheikh, regarding relief efforts in landslide hit area in Hunza Valley, Pakistan. Image: Omer SheikhOmer is a technology enthusiast who believes that technology can help with innovative new solutions to problems in Pakistan. One of his key interests is in structuring and documenting the various aspects of Pakistan and life in it. In his opinion, aspects of life taken for granted in Pakistan need a fresh take and that Pakistanis should re-discover themselves through their collective assets; human, historical, cultural and aspirational. He is critical of the degradation all around in Pakistan; where instead of improving over time, quality of life and experience is deteriorating. He wants to see Lahore, his favourite city, managed in sustainable and informed ways. Omer has a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science from LUMS and a graduate degree in Engineering Physics from Cornell University which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) About TED TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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