Want to use big data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?
Big Data: Techpreneurs for Good brings together hundreds of un(der)used Big Data sets of Humanitarian and International Development Organizations (I.O.s) and private organizations with the skills, creativity, and business potential of successful technology-based startups and potential founders of startups.
After the great success of the Big Data: Techpreneurs 4 Good launch event on the 7th of June with 7 exceptional speakers and 120+ interested participants, we are now on-boarding data providers, challenge proposals and obtaining additional financial and in-kind support for the Big Data Hackathon.
In this hackathon & support program, participants will:
- Learn of each other’s strengths, weaknesses, challenges and aspirations with regards to Big Data
- Ideate new business models that leverage Big Data in an economically viable way - and, if further developed, could potentially impact hundreds of thousands lives in a positive manner worldwide.
For whom is Big Data: Techpreneurs for Good for?Data scientists, coders and innovators (on their own, at IOs, startups or at private businesses) who get a kick of manipulating data sets to uncover trends, facts and nuances that can be used to make the world a better place.
Why is this hackathon different?1) It's focused on humanitarian, social and public interest topics. Interdisciplinary teams of selected participants will work together.
2) Post-support: if the team is interested to continue working on the project, potential work space, support and funding may be available
Want to get involved?
You can either:
- Submit a challenge to apply big data to
- Submit a data set that coders, data scientists and techies will use to uncover trends or facts that will support solving the challenge
- Participate in the hackathon on Nov 10 - 12, where you'll be using the data sets provided to find a solution to the challenge(s) proposed.
During the Big Data Hackathon on Nov 10 - 12, participants will work in multidisciplinary teams to solve the humanitarian challenge presented, with mentoring and support tailored to your needs. Thanks to the support of the IBM, you will also have a possibility to access multiple tools, including access to IBM Watson's “Open Bar”.
Open datasets that you can use:- Kaggle: use the search box to find open datasets on everything from government, health, and science to popular games and dating trends
- Humanitarian Data Exchange: large datasets of humanitarian-related indicators
- CERN's Open Datasets: access datasets from the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, based on 100 trillion proton collisions.
- The CIA World Factbook: information on history, population, economy, government, infrastructure and military of 267 countries.
- European Union Open Data Portal: interesting place to explore government-related data, with some visualisation tools built-in
- Datacatalogs.org: offers open government data from US, EU, Canada, CKAN, and more
- UNICEF: statistics on the situation of women and children worldwide
- World Health Organization: data on world hunger, health, and disease statistics
- Facebook's graph API: query the huge amount of information that users share with the world
- Google's Public data explorer: data from world development indicators, OECD, and human development indicators
- Amazon Web Services public datasets: Huge resource of public data, including the 1000 Genome Project, an attempt to build the most comprehensive database of human genetic information and NASA's database of satellite imagery of Earth
You can also find several other databases on Github.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Sofia Curado at sofia(.)curado(at)impacthub.ch.
A thank you to CTI (Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation) for their support on this initiative.