You may have previously read here that we have an ambitious goal for 2018: to build up a network of 100 young experts with data related skills who want to use their knowledge for good. On April 14, we organised our first meet-up for the ‘Digital 100’ to talk about warning systems for possible flood victims in Ghana. The young experts were presented the following case: flash flooding (which are sudden floods caused by rainfall in 4-6 hours) has devastating effects on property and lives in Accra, Ghana. How can we better warn these potential victims? Answers considered technical questions, like whether an app, website or social media would be the best medium and how to integrate satellite and historical data. They also considered underlying questions, like how to involve local populations, and what current early flood warning systems exist and why they are not working well (enough).
We were deeply impressed by the intelligent contributions from our D100. They also kindly sat down to talk to our podcast host Andy. Look out for the podcast which will be released here later this month. We are looking forward to fruitful future sessions, the next of which is planned for May 26.
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Junior Research and Communications Officer, PeaceTech Lab NL