The Brown Institute is proud to announce its partnership with the UNDP’s Programme on Climate Information for Resilient Development in Africa (CIRDA) for the launch of “The Last Mile”, a workshop and hackathon dedicated to improving livelihoods and increasing resiliency with tailored weather information services for a changing climate.
“Innovation, out-of-the-box-thinking, big ideas, and smart applications of technology have the potential to significantly impact the way weather information is shared across Africa,” said CIRDA Programme Manager Bonizella Biagini. “In a world where information is power – and climate change is producing more severe storms and temperature fluctuations that affect vulnerable African communities – access to accurate and timely weather forecasts can work toward reducing poverty, empowering rural communities and saving lives.”
The Climate Action Hackathon will take place on March 15-17, and participants will have access to leaders in meteorology, technology, sustainable development and communications. They will work individually or in teams to create mobile applications, technology solutions or data-crunching systems that address Africa’s persistent challenges in adapting to climate change, and sharing early warnings and accurate climate information across the continent.
To learn more about the Climate Action Hackathon and apply for a travel scholarship, please visit http://www.undp-alm.org/climate-action-hackathon.