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.
In this training and 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 live 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.
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
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.
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 onboarding data providers, challenge proposals and obtaining additional financial and in-kind support for this initiative.
In September, we'll bring together Big Data providers, International Organisations, private sector, researchers, techies and founders to the Stakeholder Meeting. The purpose of the Stakeholder Meeting is to present to Big Data enthusiasts (data scientists, coders, future founders and entrepreneurs) the challenges and datasets available for you to work on and develop new solutions for development. Join us in September.
After the presentation of the challenges and datasets, we will help participants shape the teams. The teams can already start working on the challenges immediately after the stakeholder meeting. Shall space at Impact Hub Geneva be available, you can use it for weekly meetings before the training day in late October.
During the training day in late October, participants will receive a full day of tailored coaching 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”. After the training day, teams will have an additional 3 weeks to further develop the project.
The Pitch Day will take place in November, where Big Data participants will present the solutions on to the jury composed of representatives of Academic Sector, Private Sector and International Organizations.
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
- 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
You can also find several other databases on Github.