GODAN launches Open Data Challenge ahead of Summit

GODAN is excited to announce the GODAN Open Data Challenge.

The GODAN Open Data Challenge seeks individuals who can articulate and/or create practical solutions that will contribute to the open data infrastructure while solving specific challenges in agriculture and nutrition. We invite everyone - from students to professors and government officials to business people - to participate in our two challenge tracks.

Achieving universal food security

One of the greatest challenges of our time is achieving universal food and nutrition security. It would seem to be an achievable goal. After all, thanks to innovations and research over the last 100 years people have more knowledge today about how to grow food and eat more nutritious meals than ever before. Yet many of the nearly 800 million most hungry and malnourished people on earth are themselves farmers. Alarmingly, a growing majority of those with easy access to food are for the first time in history both overweight and undernourished at the same time.

Farmers need more data to create sustainable food systems on a larger scale. They need to analyse the food supply and the economics of consumer demand. They need to know how yields have changed over time so they can prepare for and predict future crops. They need to know what is growing well in their area and what isn’t. They need to know what research has proven in terms of applicable practices and seeds as climate change impacts their growing conditions. Consumers and researchers want to know where their food is coming from, what nutritional properties it contains and how we can secure a sustainable, nutritious and sufficient food supply.

Much of this needed information is too often hidden, inaccessible or unsearchable. If today’s numerous sources of agricultural and nutrition data were easily available it could greatly accelerate work towards Sustainable Development Goal 2 - to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030. The GODAN Open Data Challenge seeks new, innovative ways to unleash the power of this data.

Open data for food security

As an organisation, GODAN works to support the proactive sharing of open data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. And it is this latter part of our mission that has led us to create and launch our own challenge prize competition.

There are over 290 GODAN partners who contribute to global efforts to make agricultural and nutritionally-relevant data available and unrestricted. With their support and insight, we have crafted two challenge tracks - one to draw out practical solutions to overcome policy barriers of working with open data in the sector, and a second to prompt practical innovations using open data.

A Two-Track Challenge

We seek innovative ideas that will better conventional approaches. We have created a two-track challenge, focused on finding (1) policy solutions that would remove obstacles to open data and (2) consumer-facing applications to use this data. To find out more about the specific challenge questions and participate, click the links below:

  1. Track A: Policy Challenge

Click here if you want to share a specific barrier to using open data and propose a practical solution to overcoming that barrier through a written submission.

  1. Track B: Open Data Maker’s Challenge

Click here if you want to develop and pitch a prototype of a product or service that responds to a specific challenge question.

Deadline for applications: Monday 1 of August, 2016. Midnight GMT

Questions or concerns, please email: briony.phillips1@gmail.com