World Challenge Finland 2018

See the press release (30.8.2018) ›
See the Official Finals Week Program ›

Utilize Satellite Data for World Peace, Health, Education and a Sustainable Earth!

World Challenge Finland 2018
with UN, NASA WorldWind and ESA.

World Today

Never before has there been such abundance of and access to space assets of satellite data as we have today. In addition to NASA WorldWind and ESA, even private companies such as Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, Planet Labs and others, are expanding our space infrastructure, whether it’s Earth Observation from space or Mission to the Moon, Mars and beyond!

World Challenge

NASA & ESA provide you with a world class open source virtual globe platform, WorldWind.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to use it to help make a better world!

Build a web app that will improve life here on Earth. This World Challenge is an opportunity for students, academia and industry to deliver brilliant innovative solutions for world peace, health, ecology, education and sustainability in the spirit of the ESA and NASA mottos ‘for the benefit of all.’ The finalist teams get an all-expense paid trip to Helsinki for the climax week!

Data Intelligence:
Incorporate satellite data or Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) data to map buildings, terrain, vegetation analyses (i.e., NDVI), road status, optimum transportation and more. Find the data or generate the data, your web app for a more livable world can help us all! Think global, act local! You are entirely free to come up with exciting ways for data access, analysis and visualization.


The Big Picture

The World Challenge is a challenge to the world. The purpose is to bring the world closer together through innovative solutions that we each build and then collectively share with each other. Open source solutions serving your community needs, can then benefit every other city!

Almost every city needs the same data management tools as every other city. If cities were to share their solutions with each other, this would multiply their investment by the number of cities participating, massively increasing Earth’s collective productivity for livability on planet Earth.

Read more about WebWorldWind ›
See WebWorldWind Example Apps ›

What is UN OICT?

Often times the best things happen when we work together! That is why to support these efforts, the United Nations Office of Information and Communication Technology (UN OICT) is teaming up with NASA WorldWind and ESA for this year’s World Challenge.

The United Nations has long recognized that technology is critical to the delivery of its mandates. The United Nations leverages ICT to enable its work in the areas of peace and security, international law, human rights, development and humanitarian affairs. Furthermore, the Secretary-General, António Guterres, has emphasized how ICT can help us on each and every Sustainable Development Goal.

UN OICT is responsible for defining strategic direction for ICT to the United Nations Secretariat. OICT’s goal is to make the world a better place by working to innovate and build solutions across boundaries and organizations. OICT focuses on what brings significant value to the overall mission of the United Nations.

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