The data revolution continues with the latest World Bank Innovation challenge


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On 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

Chief Economist for Climate Change

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Robert Vincin
October 27, 2016

Climate Change is but the symptom of far greater degradation not at the fore. And where there is interest it is out of order to commence lowering CO2. Forest trees for their service of, transpiring rainwater, retarding rapid floods-sand storms and cool shelter, demand a serious fee; Their biomass Carbon and Elements come from the soil, not the atmosphere, hence, if not found within environs, they go on a rampage to fill their serious appetite for such. Like 96% of vegetation they demand services of the 2-4% of “understorey” species to sequester CO2e. The science of growing soil and essential life sustaining elements and nutrients demands a long study of Mother Nature and protocols. The very sad and unnecessary delay in reversing CO2e drought deserts poverty is the UN a voluntary body with 199 ever-changing MP volunteers “think” they must change a Nature Science proven plan set COP1 “stop temperature rise” tabled and approved plan at COP3. The protocol applied over 9 PRC Provinces to lower8Bn Tonnes CO2 pa by 2020 meeting UNFCCC 100year sustainable rule. Earth/Mother Nature will not wait another 20year for the grandchildren to try to salvage the compounding degradation. Nature is sending warning messages trying to commence reparation. Well planned by 2020 -25 World Bank could applying science and be self-funded for its noble work! and address poverty mass migration. UNFCCC CO2 offset trade is low cost “tax” equal to 1cent to the cost of a large apple at the supermarket, a fraction of cost to do zero.

Juliet Tindyebwa
October 29, 2016

I want to register and make my contribution.

Juliet Tindyebwa
November 02, 2016

I've tried to get registered but failed.

Juliet Tindyebwa
November 05, 2016

There crops that are ever green e.g coffee that should be grown and planted as a bylaw and most importantly acts as a fall-back strategy.
1. It's a cash crop. People can sell the coffee to curb off food insecurity and pay bills.
2. The coffee trees act as windbreaker, source of fuel
and canopy instead of having bare ground.