Maptionnaire was born when a group of urban planning researchers and professionals based in Helsinki discovered an emerging problem: there was an increasing need for city planners to engage the public and to get real input from local residents. However, the methods in use at the time were not enough for taking people’s opinions into account in a large-scale and actionable form.
When cities began to contact us about our work with SoftGIS — the use of opinions and subjective data in GIS applications — it became apparent that there was a greater demand for our solutions than what could be offered through university projects. Our company, Mapita, was founded in 2011 to provide a platform for anyone to create their own map-based surveys. Since then, Anna and Maarit, leaders of the Maptionnaire team, have worked to finalize their doctoral studies and to further the Maptionnaire service and its team.
All of us at Mapita are passionate about helping people to engage with and influence the future of their surroundings. We strive to help city planners make better places for everyone to live in. After our eventful fledgling years, the Maptionnaire team has grown to a group of diverse and talented individuals from a range of backgrounds and nationalities. Our goal is to make Maptionnaire the best and most recognized digital public participation tool across the globe. We do so in close cooperation with our fabulous customer base, including innovative researchers and determined urban planners who wish to improve the practices of planning and public participation.