UN Global Pulse and WD partner for climate competition
Data for Climate Action contest will use data science and open data for climate change research
The United Nations big data initiative, Global Pulse, has teamed up with Western Digital for a big data-focused climate change competition.
The ‘Data for Climate Action' challenge will task data scientists, researchers, and innovators with using data science and open data from the private sector, to create research projects that are focused on climate change.
The challenge aims to generate original research papers and tools that demonstrate how data-driven innovation can inform on-the-ground solutions and transform efforts to fight climate change.
The contest will focus on UN Development Goals on climate action, including climate mitigation, climate adaptation, and the linkages between climate change. Contestants will have until 10th April to submit proposals, and the selected projects will then be conducted over four months, with the final winners announced in November.
"Driving effective action on climate change requires not only climate data, but also rich information about human behavior," said Robert Kirkpatrick, Director of UN Global Pulse. "Big data can provide dynamic feedback on how communities affect and are affected by the climate system, and enable innovation to increase sustainability and resilience. This data is primarily held by companies, like those participating in Data for Climate Action."
With support from the Skoll Global Threats Fund, this global challenge has galvanized a diverse coalition of companies from multiple industries and countries to participate through acts of ‘data philanthropy'. The challenge will offer researchers an opportunity to gain unprecedented access to national, regional, and global datasets - anonymized and aggregated to protect privacy-and robust tools to support their research.
"As the world's largest data storage company, we understand the power and promise of data, and are passionate about its use as a catalyst for change," said Dave Tang, Senior vice president and general manager, Data Center Systems Business Unit, Western Digital. "We are proud to partner with the United Nations Global Pulse team to not only help build the narrative and framework for the Data for Climate Action challenge, but to amplify and drive engagement around the data for social good movement. We look forward to the insights and solutions generated from this challenge and the possibilities they represent for our future."