In 2008, CartONG decided to hold the GeOnG, the first Forum of Geographic Information for Relief & Development. The objective was to raise awareness and gather the various humanitarian actors that work with geomatics and cartographic resources: NGOs, international organizations, but also scholars and companies. It was an opportunity for the professionals to meet, present their projects, share their experiences, discover other ways of working, analyze the problems they face daily, and identify together the challenges of the future.
Various topics were tackled during the Forum, such as the multiplicity of actors, the several aspects of the new humanitarian approach (clusters), new technologies, and the necessity to coordinate, standardize and develop fitting technologies. Many contacts were also established thanks to the participation of around thirty organizations.
The attendees having expressed their wish of repeating such an exchange space, CartONG organized in 2010 the second GeOnG. In a context of quick democratization of the geographical information tools, the Forum allowed to present the new data collection techniques and to discuss formation and emergency information.
The 2008 and 2010 GeOnG saw the participation of NGOs such as MSF-Belgium, ACTED or URD Group, international organizations like ICCR, UNHCR or WFP, but also professionals from the fields like ESRI or OpenStreetMap.