2014 Planet Earth Institute Africa Data Challenge (Stand a chance to pitch your ideas at the PEI UnConference in London)


Application Deadline: October 10 2014

Much has been talked about the Data revolution, and of Big Data v Open Data, but at the moment the practical improvements to scientific development in Africa aren’t so widely felt.

The Planet Earth Institute (PEI) is inviting applications for its Africa Data Challenge, pitch your ideas for projects that can help translate and transmit this agenda to those on the continent. It could be a local student training programme, a workshop series for policy-makers or helping connect people online who could benefit from better understanding about making the most of data. It could be a new pilot app or platform, a university-wide campaign or mentoring of a small number of African students. It’s up to you!

Initial ideas are invited on a broad spectrum of themes and areas, as long as they will be:

  • Delivered in the next 12 months for a budget of <£5,000
  • Designed to have a human impact (whether students, academics, civil society, government or other)
  • Pitched with the support of an academic institution or related organisation in Africa
  • Proposed with a clear understanding and appreciation of data privacy, access and availability in Africa
  • Developed to include dissemination or findings and conclusions

Interested parties are invited to send brief proposals of around 500 words outlining their project and how it would address the points above by 10th October 2014.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to pitch their ideas in a 10-15 minute slot at the PEI UnConference on 18th November, 2014 in London and deliver the project with support of PEI and its partners throughout.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Planet Earth Institute Africa Data Challenge


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