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The data revolution continues with the latest World Bank Innovation challenge

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ImageOn September 22, 2016, we launched the World Bank Big Data Innovation Challenge – a global call for big data solutions for climate resilience and sustainable development .

As the world grows more connected--through mobile phones, social media, internet, satellites, ground sensors and machines—governments and economies need better ways to harness these data flows for insights toward targeted policies and actions that boost climate resilience, especially amongst the most vulnerable. To make this data more useful for development, we need more data innovations and innovative public-private arrangements for data collaboration.

The World Bank Big Data Innovation Challenge invites innovators across the world to reimagine climate resilience through big data solutions that address the nexus areas of food security and nutrition, and forests and watersheds – high priority areas of the World Bank’s Climate and Forest Action Plans and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Big Data Innovation Challenge is open to individuals, academics, entrepreneurs, businesses and nonprofits from member countries of the World Bank. Successful applicants will use big data approaches—including machine learning, predictive analytics, crowdsourcing applications, and dynamic visualizations—to improve the World Bank’s ability to inform and take climate action within the focal areas.

The World Bank will select at least five Challenge Winners. Two winners will each receive a $10,000 award. Other finalists will be recognized through public communications and featured at knowledge exchange events. Contestants must register to apply and the deadline for submission is November 9th, 2016. The Challenge winners will be announced in December 14th, 2016.

I look forward to seeing the big data solutions and prototypes that problem solvers around the world submit.  Let’s work together to use big data to drive climate resilience.


Marianne Fay

Director for Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru, Latin America and Caribbean, World Bank

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