Data innovation challenge gives citizen scientists, creatives and bloggers chance to travel UAE

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 applications for each challenge can be found at and, and the deadline to apply is 20 August 2015.

Supported by the Eye on Earth Alliance, the challenge themes highlight how environmental, social and economic data can generate new insights and solutions to help solve environmental issues.

This second Eye on Earth Summit is bringing together some of the world’s foremost thought leaders in sustainable development to better understand the supply and demand dynamics, and enabling conditions for data to support sustainable development. The Eye on Earth Alliance, organizer of the Summit, comprises the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi through the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative, the Group on Earth Observations, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Resources Institute.

A global audience will be able to participate in the Summit and contribute to the dialogue via online and social media tools. Information on how to take part in the event and the competitions outlined is available via the Eye on Earth website

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