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Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019
A Hackathon and Ideathon for Sustainable Africa
The IST-Africa 2019 conference, supported by the European Commission (EC) and the African Union Commission (AUC), addresses a series of societal challenges.
The Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019 is a contribution to the joint efforts to solve these challenges. The hackathon addresses some of the key topics identified by the IST-Africa conference, such as agriculture, environmental sustainability, collaborative open innovation and ICT-enabled entrepreneurship.
The Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019 is one of the satellite INSPIRE hackathons. The hackathon is organised in the frame of the IST Africa 2019 Conference. The hackathon is a collaborative event organised by Plan4all and Club of Ossiach associations and EU projects including EO4Agri, DataBio, NextGEOSS, EUXDAT, PoliVisu and AFarCloud.
The hackathon starts in March 2019 by creating hackathon teams. The hackathon will then run remotely until the event held on 10 May 2019 in Nairobi where the hackathon results will be presented within a workshop at IST Africa starting at 9am.
The hackathon consists of two parts including:
a virtual period: The teams will work virtually led by the team mentors. Membership and participation in this part is open to all. There will be educational webinars during the virtual hackathon to facilitate the progress/collaboration.
a workshop (attendance optional for team members/participants) which is the closing event of the hackathon where the results of the hackathon will be presented. The workshop will take place in Laico Regency Hotel, Loita Street, Nairobi, which is located in the city centre. For more details, please visit the IST Africa website.
The goal of the Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019 is to build and strengthen relationships between several EU projects and African communities. This hackathon is not a competition. The focus is on building relationships, making rapid developments and collecting ideas for future research and innovation.
TEAMS & MENTORS
The Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019 is organised using an unconventional approach, tailored to cater for cross-continental collaboration.
The hackathon starts with a set of predefined projects. Each project has a mentor (see the list of projects and mentors below). The participants of the hackathon can choose to work on any of the predefined projects. In this way, teams will be built to collaborate on the projects.
The mentors will organise the work and are responsible for the communication in the project teams and will act as team leaders.
The projects and their mentors for the Nairobi INSPIRE Hackathon 2019 include:
PROJECT TITLE & DESCRIPTION
Food Security in Relation to Earth Observation (GEOSS and COPERNICUS Relevance)
Explore the ways how to support agriculture in Africa at regional and local levels using Earth observation data and technologies. The gaol is not to transfer solutions from Europe to Africa. The goal is to find, develop or adapt solutions that will work in Africa.
Climatic Services for Africa
When to start sowing or planting, when you need to irrigate fields or intervene in any way and how to increase the yield potential? These and similar question lead to the core of this team which is access and proper use of weather and other climate related data.
Open Land Use for Africa (OLU4Africa)
The main aim is to explore open available data source that could be used for building OLU4Africa, extend the current database, build metadata and to build a community that will help to manage and improve the data and also to demonstrate the usability of OLU4Africa in practice.
IoT Technologies for Africa
This team will explore available IoT networks, their coverage and available open data sources including data from meteorological stations, data on weather forecast, traffic cameras, public transport and agriculture phenomena. This team will also explore the way data can be exchanged between different sensor devices and platforms and stored using the SensLog 2.0.
Agriculture Innovation Hub for Africa
The intention is to develop a social space for the African agriculture community to share knowledge and experience between farmers, industry, research community, advisory services and others involved.
Jiri Kvapil, Petr Uhlir, Karel Charvat
Open Data and Data Sharing in Agri-Food Chains in Africa
This team will explore available data sources and data sharing practices between different stakeholders in the agri-food chain (farmers, service providers, advisors, food industry, machinery producers, etc.). This includes data catalogues, standards and data models that would work in Africa.
Raul Palma, Esther Dzalé Yeumo, Runar Bergheim, Karel Charvat
Smart Points of Interest – Publication of Open Data in Africa as 5-star Linked Open Data
This team will analyse available data sources of points of interest in Kenya and other African countries. The data will be harmonised and published as linked open data as an extension of the Smart Points of Interest database.
Ota Cerba, Karel Charvat, Raul Palma
Citizen Science in Africa to Ground Truth & Exploit Earth Observation data
In principle, there is great potential for citizen scientists – or the wider public – to validate what satellites observe or to put those images to use. In practice, the implementation of such ideas is faced by social, scientific, technical and economic challenges. This team will explore these challenges in order to develop ideas suitable for funding.
Uta Wehn, Raitis Berzins and Simon Leitgeb
Open Transport Map (OTM) Applications for Africa
The aim is to demonstrate how interactive traffic modelling applications can improve traffic situation in African cities. The demonstration consists in gathering open data and deploying the traffic modelling tool in Nairobi.