Monday, 28 September 2015

Press Release - Eye on Earth announces finalists and winners of Data Innovation Challenges

Press Release - Eye on Earth announces finalists and winners of Data Innovation ChallengesOrganisers of Eye on Earth Summit 2015 have revealed the finalists and winners of the Data Innovation Challenges, a series of competitions that tasked participants to highlight how environmental, social and economic data can generate new insights and solutions to support sustainable development. A total of 181 entries from 61 different countries were received across the three competitions. All finalists and winners will now be flown to Abu Dhabi to participate in Eye on Earth Summit 2015, taking place from 6-8 October.

In the Citizen Science Challenge participants had to use open data sources to develop a technological solution that could help fight food waste, manage forest ecosystems or boost biodiversity in cities. Three finalists have been selected to present their entries at the Summit where one winner will be decided. The shortlisted entries are:

Biocaching, an outdoor hyperlocal biodiversity data collection game which allows a user to record observations which are forwarded to national and international databases. The team first met at a hackathon in Norway in June 2015 where they designed and built the concept and took home an award for “Most Useful for Society

Hack the Rainforest, a mobile data collection app that empowers frontline communities to protect the rainforest. It combines new technology like maps, mobiles and drones with indigenous wisdom in order to document and defend against deforestation and other environmental threats in the Amazon rainforest. The project began with a first-of-its-kind hackathon in the Peruvian rainforest in early 2015.

Logging Roads! The Moabi team aspires to crowdsource a map of all logging roads in the Congo Basin rainforest to identify logging violations, assess forest degradation, and highlight potential conflicts with customary land rights. To date they have developed a community that has mapped over 10,000 logging road map points in Open Street Map. Read More...


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