Global Development Webinars

A new series of webinars will start from October 2024

Topics, details and registration for the webinars will be published here. Webinars will be recorded. Link to the recordings can be shared upon request.

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Previous Webinars:


November 8, 2022  –  Recreational orienteering on/offline (19.30-21.00 CET)

Hidi Yamamoto – Navitabi
How do you spread Orienteering to areas where there are no orienteering events, no orienteering maps, and no orienteers? That is the problem NaviTabi is tackling with a smartphone app that allows users to create a navigation sports course – primarily score orienteering / rogaining – using a publicly available map and run an event all off of the app. This presentation is how we are succeeding in Japan as well as in other parts of the world, tying up with a local sports event company as well as other entities. For anyone looking for low budget solutions and an easy way to spread navigation sports to non-orienteering areas.

Jörgen Mårtensson – Turorienteering/Stolpejakten, a global concept?
Successful new activities like “Stolpejakten” and “Hitta Ut”!
Could this type of recreational o-activities become popular and sustainable also in other countries?


December 6, 2022 Orienteering in developing countries and promotion on social media
– Option 1: 13:00-14:30 CET (Orienteering in Asia by Lok Hin Ma and Navitabi by Hidi Yamamoto)
– Option 2: 19.30-21.00 CET

Lok Hin Ma  – Orienteering in Asia
Asia – the largest continent on Earth with over 60% world population. Orienteering is never just an European sport and is growing rapidly in the Far Eastern over the last 10 years. Let’s explore how this new window was opened to Asians from the story of The Thailand Orienteering Federation.

Ondřej Pipek  –  Promoting orienteering on social media
Do you want to know how social sites work? We will answer this question and discuss together how to promote your orienteering event there! This won’t be a lecture but a workshop with discussion and idea exchange of all participants! :-)”


January 10, 2023  –  Knock-out sprint and special forms of orienteering (19.30-21.00 CET)

Ronaldo Santos  –  School mapping in Brazil
The attraction of new orienteering practitioners in Brazil has as an obstacle the production of maps in small areas for the presentation of the sport.  Since 2021, we have been working to support educational projects in public schools, mainly in teacher training, making school maps and organizing events open to students.

Barbara Bryant and Keegan Harkavy  –  Navigation Games – Orienteering Education
Navigation Games is a member club of Orienteering USA with a focus on education for children. In this presentation, we will describe the creation of our school curriculum, which is available for others to use. We will also describe how we complement the school curriculum with other activities to build awareness about orienteering within the local community. 

Daniel Leibundgut  –  Knock-out sprint


Februar 14, 2023  –  Maze orienteering: Orienteering for everybody (19.30-21.00 CET)

Göran Anderson  –  Maze orienteering
During several years we have implemented Maze Orienteering among many schools in Sweden. Our club, Dalaportens OL, has taken a leading role in this area. Maze Orienteering is not only a great tool for the teachers to teach navigation, it is also a great way to promote our sport and not least an upcoming new competition format. A duel between the two runners with mirror-reversed courses and a “Maze-Sprint-Maze-Sprint-Maze of 2,5 km long orienteering course are two versions of Maze Orienteering as competition formats. Maybe these formats of competitions will attract the Olympic delegates …?
Beyond the limits; World MAZE Race!!


March 14, 2023  –  MapRun/FINDIT! : GPS orienteering for everybody (19.30-21.00 CET)

Peter Effeney  –  MapRun
MapRun is a form of Orienteering that uses Smartphones or GPS watches for punching and timing. There is no need to put out flags and punch units on the course.

    • This saves time and effort for organisers
    • Courses can be left open for extended periods of time
    • Results and tracks are available immediately

MapRun offers many settings/options for organisers, meaning that it can be used for a wide variety of navigation sports. MapRun is used in 43+ countries in 10 languages.
It is free to users. Clubs that regularly use MapRun are asked to contribute to help with its costs of operations and maintenance.

Susi Rutz  –  FINDIT!
FINDIT! is a recreational challenge for everybody. With the Maprun app you can collect controls on as many days as you like and challenge your neighbour, your friend or yourself (like or Hittaut or Find vey).  This is now available worldwide.


April 20, 2023  –   Orienteering in schools (19.30-21.00 CET)

Sina Tommer sCOOL, a program for school orienteering/ Therese Achermann, Orienteering for famliies

Sina Tommer – sCOOL, a program for school orienteering

For more than 20 years, sCOOL has been the Swiss Orienteering federation’s school program. Our goal is a low threshold offer for schools to get into contact with orienteering and make positive experiences. In this webinar, you’ll learn about our sCOOL program and what you could do in half a day with pupils

Coop FamCOOL – An offer where freshly trained young people pass on their orienteering knowledge to the whole family. An idea to introduce orienteering in a low-threshold, active and playful way and to establish contacts.


November 2, 2023  –   World Orienteering Week (WOW) 2024 – how do we make it a success for you? (19.30-21.00 CET)

Walther Rahbek, Global Development Commission

This year we have talked to almost 20 Orienteering Federations around the world. We have collected their ideas and best practice to share it with you. We no longer focus on how many people we can register for the event but on the quality and impact that the event creates.

In this webinar we will present these best practice and discuss with you how WOW 2024 can become a major global celebration of our fantastic sport!

There will be a 30 minutes presentation followed by 45 minutes discussion with a mediator. Finally a 15 minutes wrap-up combined with a questionnaire to be filled out before the end of the webinar.

The webinar is open for all people in the world interested in orienteering, doing orienteering or even organizing events on local or national level. Federation presidents and office staff is more than welcome!


Februar 13, 2024 – Discover orienteering in South America, 1st Latin O-Festival October 2024? (20.00-21.00 CET) 

Jukka Kokkoniemi (COL) – Vice President Colombia Orienteering Federation

Martin Quizada (DOM) – Caribbean Delegate for A Confederation for Central American and Caribbean Orienteering

October 11-14 2024: South American Orienteering Championships in Medellín, Columbia and
October 18/19 2024: Central American and Caribbean Orienteering Championships in Dominican Republic.

Orienteering development in Central American and Caribbean region – waiting forward for the 1st LatinO Festival October 2024 in Colombia and Dominican Republic.


6 March 2024  –  Introduction to mapping (20.00-21.00 CET)

Flavio Poltera, professional mapper

Are you interested in learning what is most important when drawing a map? Are there many differences between mapping a sprint or a forest map? What are the do’s and don’ts when mapping outdoors. Also, find out where you can find helpful information and what makes an orienteering map good and useful.


8 April 2024  –  Global Development brings opportunities! (20.00-21.30 CET)

What is the IOF Global Development Commision (GDC) and what does it offer for the development of orienteering in your area?

Are you a federation official, organiser or just an active runner? Just register for the webinar and explore the benefits which GDC offers! The range of topics is wide, so everybody can find something interesting in them. There will also be a lot of time for your questions.


    1. What is GDC in general? (15 mins)
      1. Introduction
      2. Global Development Webinars
      3. WOW (World Orienteering Week)
      4. Questions, discussion
    2. Where you may send your athletes to gain skills and perform better? (15 mins)
      1. YLA (Young Leaders Academy)
      2. WOC Clinic
      3. O-Ringen Academy
      4. Questions, discussion
    3. What do we do in your region and how you can benefit from that? (30 mins)
      1. Regional development
      2. Questions, discussion