[Open-education] The World Challenge Finland 2018

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Sun Jul 1 06:43:32 UTC 2018

The purpose of The World Challenge is to bring the world closer together through innovative solutions that we each build and then collectively share with each other. Open source solutions serving your community needs, can then benefit every other city! Almost every city needs the same data management tools as every other city. If cities were to share their solutions with each other, this would multiply their investment by the number of cities participating, massively increasing Earth’s collective productivity for livability on planet Earth.

Often times the best things happen when we work together! That is why to support these efforts, the United Nations Office of Information and Communication Technology (UN OICT) is teaming up with NASA WorldWind and ESA for this year’s World Challenge.

The United Nations has long recognized that technology is critical to the delivery of its mandates. The United Nations leverages ICT to enable its work in the areas of peace and security, international law, human rights, development and humanitarian affairs. Furthermore, the Secretary-General, António Guterres, has emphasized how ICT can help us on each and every Sustainable Development Goal.

This World Challenge is an opportunity for students, academia and industry to deliver brilliant innovative solutions for world peace, health, ecology, education and sustainability in the spirit of the ESA and NASA mottos ‘for the benefit of all.’ The finalist teams get an all-expense paid trip to Helsinki for the climax week!

Details at http://www.worldchallenge.live

Last year’s award ceremony recording at https://livestream.com/Coup4/nasa-europa-challenge-2017/videos/162117612

You can look at the previous year’s projects to get inspiration http://www.worldchallenge.live/archive.html

Best wishes,


PS: Last year, I had the pleasure to attend the awards ceremony at the Nokia headquarters in Helsinki and give away the awards on behalf of the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) Local Farming challenge which was won by a team of high school and undergraduate NASA interns.  They  developed AgroSphere<https://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/agrosphere/about.html>  which is  an educational web application that visualizes the effects of climate change on agriculture using a large collection of global agriculture and climate data.

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