The World Bank Group is inviting academics, entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses, universities and nonprofits to apply for its Big Data Innovation Challenge with an aim to identify and recognize innovative big data solutions that leverage new sources of data such as government-released open data, satellite imagery, mobile network data, anonymized private sector data, social media data and surveys among others.
We are looking for innovative big data solutions (anywhere from functional prototypes up to mature, market ready solutions). These solutions might include but are not limited to analytical methodologies, APIs, algorithms, software applications, tools and new data set generation. Technologies may include artificial intelligence, crowdsourcing applications, data science, dynamic visualizations, machine learning and predictive analytics among others.
Who can participate?
This Innovation Challenge is open to individuals, students and entrepreneurs as well as start-ups, university labs, private companies, nonprofits and public sector agencies legally established in member countries of the World Bank Group (including Ukraine see: http://www.worldbank.org/countries).
Challenge Winners will be selected and awarded for the following categories:
- Food Challenge: Food Security or Nutrition – Best big data solution: 10,000 USD
- Landscapes Challenge: Forestry or Watersheds – Best big data solution: 10,000 USD
- Honorable mentions: (At least 3 honorable mentions for most innovative big data solution and other recognition awards to be announced in the near future)
How to Apply
Interested applicants must apply online via website.
Applications accepted until November 9th, 2016, 5:00pm, EDT.
Big data solutions should address issues pertaining to two critical challenge areas
1) Food: food security and nutrition - apply here.
2) Landscapes: forestry and watersheds - apply here.
Applications will be reviewed by a technical committee made up of World Bank Group staff and external advisory council members. The applicant pool will be narrowed down to the winning solutions in each challenge and will be announced on December 14th, 2016.
For more details, please consult the Challenge Handbook (PDF) and website http://bigdatainnovationchallenge.org/