PRESS RELEASE, Abu Dhabi, 16 July 2015 – The Eye on Earth Summit 2015 launched its Data Innovation Showcase today, with two challenges calling on citizen scientists and designers to use open data for creative projects and captivating visualizations on the state of the global environment. An additional competition invites bloggers to write about how open data can enable a more sustainable future and healthier planet. The winners of each challenge will be given the opportunity to participate in the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi, on 6-8 October.
The Data Innovation Showcase invites citizen scientists to submit project solutions that use open data to fight food waste, manage forest ecosystems or boost biodiversity in cities. The scope of the projects depends on the ingenuity of their developers and can include anything from a food donation platform matching excess with need, to a crowdsourced map using open data to do tree inventory. Three finalists of the Citizen Science Challenge will be given the opportunity to present their project to the delegates at the 2015 Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi, where a final winner will be selected.
The Data Visualization Challenge invites artists, designers, and creatives from across the globe to submit data visualizations that interpret the social and economic effects of poor air quality, oceanic warming and natural disasters. Applicants are invited to build images, data animations, infographics, 3D models, computer simulations, interactive maps and diagrams and other types of visualizations. One finalist will be selected to present their data visualization at the Summit.
The Blogging Competition invites writers and bloggers worldwide to help catalyze the #DataRevolution and address one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time – how to enhance the availability of information and knowledge to enable a more sustainable future and healthier planet. Under the theme ‘A better world through knowledge and information’, entrants are being asked to submit an inspirational piece that looks at how data and information can make a difference to ordinary people’s lives. The winner will be named the “Official Eye on Earth Summit 2015 Blogger” and will be hosted at the Summit to report live on the event for a global audience.
The Commons Lab is excited to participate and will be entering the Blogging Competition. We hope to see fellow U.S. citizen science groups rise to the challenge(s)!