Video Overview: At a panel discussion moderated by the United Nations Global Pulse, four data experts from the private sector gave insights into data philanthropy and public-private partnerships. Hailing from Orange Group CSR, Planet, Earth Networks, and Tableau, the distinguished panelists spoke about data-driven business models and the need for more connection between data scientists, climate experts, and business leaders to facilitate climate action.
When the opportunity arose to provide data to researchers who would work to generate new solutions to help the public sector address climate change, leading companies from around the world stepped forward to help. The Data for Climate Action Challenge (D4CA), which harnessed big data from the private sector to fight climate change, culminated with the Data Innovation: Generating Climate Solutions event held during the United Nations climate change conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.
The panel included:
- Brigitte Dumont, Orange Group CSR
- Andrew Zolli, Planet
- Florenci Rey Benadero, Earth Networks
- Florian Ramseger, Tableau
By providing the D4CA participants with datasets, which were anonymized to protect privacy, the companies from the private sector were choosing to take part in a partnership driving the effort to generate innovative ways to address the real-world issue.
Effective Partnerships to Enable Climate Solutions was one of two panel discussions that took place during the event that both celebrated the winning projects and also encouraged business leaders to speak to data scientists and climate experts.
In this panel, moderated by Derval Usher, Head of Office, Pulse Lab Jakarta, representatives from four private sector companies offered insights into how responsible data sharing through public-private partnerships can help make this kind of innovative work possible.
Highlights of the discussions include brief demonstrations of the companies’ data-driven business models or use cases, explanations of how each company views data science and research, and statements on why giving time and effort to help the public sector is valuable to each of them.
ABOUT THE DATA FOR CLIMATE ACTION CHALLENGE
The United Nations Global Pulse, an innovation initiative on big data and data science, and Western Digital recently announced the winners of the Data for Climate Action Challenge (D4CA) at the Data Innovation: Generating Climate Solutions event during the United Nations climate change conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.
An unprecedented open innovation challenge to harness data science and big data from the private sector to fight climate change, D4CA was launched earlier this year and called on innovators, scientists, and climate experts to use data to accelerate climate solutions.
Access to large amounts of data – anonymized and aggregated to protect privacy – accelerates the ability to spot connections, gain insight and develop predictive algorithms that can provide more precise direction and decisions. The Data for Climate Action Challenge demonstrates what’s possible when public and private sector organizations partner for social good.
Data Makes Possible will continue to highlight each of the enriching and inspirational speakers from the event.
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