People today produce a huge amount of data. As we go about our daily lives, we use electronic devices, purchase goods, communicate with each other and consume content, all generating a growing ocean of data. This data, when aggregated and anonymized to protect privacy, is an up-to-date footprint of our collective behavior and choices. It can tell us how, where, and why people take specific actions in the face of a rapidly changing world.
UN Global Pulse invites data scientists, researchers, and innovators to dive into this treasure trove of information, and help address one of the biggest challenges facing us today — climate change.
This Challenge will give selected individuals and teams unprecedented access to national, regional, and global datasets from companies — anonymized to protect privacy — as well as robust analytical tools.
Data for Climate Action is enabled by “data philanthropy,” a global movement whereby companies share their data for the public good.
We are looking for data scientists, researchers, statisticians, developers & coders, data analysts, and other individuals and teams with strong analytical and data science skills.
The Challenge is open to:
Any prizes and recognition will be awarded exclusively to individuals or teams. Corporations, Western Digital employees, government entities, and UN organizations may participate in the Challenge, but are not eligible to receive prizes.
APPLICATION PERIOD: Applicants must submit research proposals describing how they plan to leverage one or more datasets available through the Challenge to generate innovative climate solutions.
DATA REQUIREMENTS: Participants must use one or more of the datasets made available by the Challenge. Additional publicly available datasets may also be used.
RESEARCH PERIOD: Participants must create …
SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: At the conclusion of the Challenge, participants may choose to submit a short, three-minute video describing their research product and introducing their team. They may also submit a 300-word description (described for a lay audience) of their findings together with a team photo.
NOTE: None of this additional material will be submitted to the experts evaluating the research products. Global Pulse reserves the right to use such additional material as part of submission as described in the Terms & Conditions at their own discretion.
The Challenge is organized around three major themes, which align with climate action and global development priorities. Your research should address one or more of these themes.
Agriculture & Food Security
No Poverty (SDG #1)
Good Health & Wellbeing (SDG #3)
Reduced Inequalities (SDG #10)
Learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals.