The year is 2017; how many people on this planet go without something as basic as electricity?
Did you guess 1 billion?
Sadly, you would be right.
While most people living in the first world can hardly imagine a life without electricity, an absence of this basic necessity is still a reality for far too many people the world over. An additional billion lack access to reliable electricity. The implications are bleak; living without electricity often generates a cascade of other challenges.
What a Breakthrough Looks Like
This crowdsourcing project is designed to tap a global community of creative thinkers (that is right where you come in) that might answer the difficult question: how can we help developers and financiers figure out “where to go,” “who customers are” and “where to build?” using open source data and tools. Myanmar was selected a use case, given their incredible electricity needs. For example, 84% of their rural population live without electricity. We also hope to encourage techniques, approaches and tools, as well as data sharing, that can be scaled to other countries across the globe.
- The event is designed for start-ups, students, entrepreneurs and others to come together and use data science – especially geospatial analysis – to increase visibility into renewable energy development potential and help expand access to energy to the 2 billion people who lack electricity or lack reliable electricity around the world.
- Desired outcomes include identifying datasets and developing new algorithms, programs and applications that can be used by developers, NGOs, government entities to reduce barriers to investment and facilitate the development of small-scale solar and sustainable micro-grid systems, resulting in improved energy access.
- A multitude of different open source datasets have been assembled and organized to enable participants to come up with innovative solutions to one specific use case designed to address the barriers to clean energy development.
- Myanmar (Burma) has been selected as the event’s target use case given the country’s recent democratic transition, significant electrification needs and potential for off-grid renewables.
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