It’s 2021, and climate change is the defining challenge of our time. Many researchers across the world take action through wielding the powerful hammers of deep learning, numerical solvers, or statistical analysis, but quickly realize that all research success is built on easy access to Earth data. Specifically, researchers, possibly including you, need access to geospatial datasets that measure, track, or model our Planet’s forests, land, ocean, weather, or climate. Where do you find this data? You start searching the internet and quickly become overwhelmed with the colossal effort it will take to collect, filter, clean, format and ingest enough data to do what you need. While there is plenty of Earth data available online, the barrier-to-entry for non-geospatial data scientists is quite high.
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Successful challenge entries will create fast and easier access to these geospatial datasets for the benefit of the wider research community. We are seeking programmers or scientists who are willing to help enable easier access to Earth System datasets for the wider scientific community. If you are an undergraduate, graduate, postdoc, or other who is interested in this challenge, join us for the 2021 MIT Earth Data Challenge!
What is the Data Challenge?
Participants of the 2021 MIT Earth Data Challenge create novel AI-benchmark datasets, jupyter notebooks, data visualizations, or other tools to help researchers across the world access Earth data. Through to the MIT Climate Grand Challenges Initiative we are offering prizes for the most impactful entries:
- 5000 USD
- 3000 USD
- 1500 USD
Who is it for?
Undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, and others at MIT that bring passion for geospatial data, deep learning, user interface and want to make an impact on climate change. Students from all backgrounds and majors should feel encouraged to apply to this multidisciplinary data challenge.
For more information come to our info session
Monday, 17th of May, 4pm EST. RSVP here for the link.
Who are we?
We are a group of climate and deep learning scientists at MIT. If you’re interested in connecting or help run this challenge feel free to reach out to let us know about your contact here.