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AI Transformation Process Challenge - Track and Implement Innovation in Mountain, Rural and Small Urban Communities affected by Covid19

Created over 1 year ago
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About the Project


We are in the process of accumulating large amounts of data and resources to support larger demographies in the past few weeks and months. But how long these folks in rural and mountain communities need to wait for us?

The challenge goal: Data-driven project coordination and policymaking
In this six-month PWG, Omdena AI challenge with Fruitpunch AI, we aim to help rural and mountain community governments and policymakers to make data-driven decisions in order to deal with pandemics and cover some of the following topics.

When travel is restricted, schools closed, events cancelled, and communities put into quarantine, individuals and businesses in those ecosystems lose their source of income. How does that loss of income impact the health and financial stability of those individuals? What resources are in place currently that supports their needs and growing demands in areas of health, and food security.

What we will build
Leveraging the power of global collaboration, the goal is to build AI models that reveal the effects of specific programs and policy decisions being made by governments and institutions on the economically marginalized, especially working in the informal sector.

In this way, institutions can identify the most effective ways to deal with future pandemics to minimize economic impact and human deaths not only in the short term but also in the midterm.

Why you should join the challenge
For the next six months, you will not only build AI solutions to make a real-world impact but also go through an entire data science project lifecycle. This covers problem scoping, data collection and preparation, as well as modelling for potential deployment.

And the best part is that you will be part of a global collaboration.

Background Context:
Mountain region and smaller communities in rural and small urban areas are more vulnerable now more than ever. This project will be conducted to understand and draw attention to alarming facts of the rural, small urban, and mountain communities during this epidemic pandemic #covid9 outbreak: as many of us are aware in 2012, 39 per cent of the mountain population in developing countries was considered vulnerable to food insecurity, which is an increase of 30% compared to the conditions of mountain peoples in the year 2000 studies.

The situation is even worse if we consider only rural mountain peoples.
The living conditions of mountain peoples have deteriorated and their vulnerability to hunger has increased. Harsh climates and the difficult, often inaccessible terrain, combined with political and social marginality certainly contribute to making mountain peoples particularly vulnerable to food shortages.

In mountain areas, where family farming and smallholder agriculture, forestry and animal husbandry are the prevailing farming systems, it is essential to create a supportive, enabling environment in which mountain peoples have access to training, information, credit and healthcare, and benefit from reliable governance systems and infrastructure.

Some Established Stats:
Mountains cover 22 per cent of the world’s land surface and are home to some 915 million people, representing 13 per cent of the global population. Mountains also provide between 60 and 80 per cent of the earth’s freshwater. Yet, in spite of this global relevance, there is a dearth of data and information on the status of mountains and mountain peoples.

Can we understand what is it to live in the mountain regions and smaller communities during these testing times? Can we understand more about these folks who are waiting for someone to appear and help them with tools and resources to keep themselves and their communities safe?

In 2003, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) published “Towards a GIS-based analysis of mountain environments and populations”, a study that estimated mountain peoples’ vulnerability to food insecurity. What about Health, and Safety?

The studies in the past were undertaken as a follow-up to the 2002 UN International Year of Mountains, has become a cornerstone of development efforts. It is used and quoted, for as a reference, requesting more investments, specific policies and global attention toward mountains.

But how much do we know about these communities in these times? What can we do about it? How best can we equip them with resources and tools to protect themselves and their loved ones? We understand and see all countries have locked themselves in, what about these unfortunate folks who relied on larger players and the larger coalition of countries to help them? Can we spare some time and resources to work on these matters?

We all love going to these mountains, smaller communities for several reasons and now they need us.

I am the Founder of Project Work Groups - focussed to research and develop sustainable solutions in the mountain and rural regions globally. is our webpage.
My Twitter Handle: @tekiuday

How far along is it

We started two weeks ago this project and have accumulated over 100 health research scientists and pandemic experts globally. Need help with funding, social media outreach, app and website development, and so forth to engage more rural and marginalized population community leaders, general public and other relevant international and local stakeholders

Help Needed

Tasks that need to get done

Need these Teams of Data Scientists, Data Analysts, Researchers, Artificial, Machine Learning Experts from varied communities, Social Media Campaigners, Outreach Leaders, Local and National Engagement Specialists, Media Coverage, Folks from International Organizations from WHO, World Bank, UN, UNDP, CDC, Africa Projects Groups, Middle-East Contacts, and Latin America research and development NGOs who are in touch with their project personnel on the ground.

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Who is already working on this

Not sure who is working on this right now as I see more of the news, media, and data is mostly focussed on larger countries at a birds-eye perspective. We need to dedicate a special team or teams to work on this issue and understand where they are in these trying times

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