In September 2015, world leaders committed to achieve 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (also known as Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) during the next 15 years. The Global Goals address a range of challenges to a sustainable future on this planet, including poverty, gender inequality, disease, climate change, and social injustice.
How can you help ensure that the goals will be achieved?
One way is to use open data to verify progress towards the goals at a local, regional, or global level. Such tracking can be done with the help of "crowdsourcing", which accelerates the analysis of large amounts of data, such as images or documents, thanks to collective efforts on the internet.
We are asking you to pitch a project that tackles Global Goals using open data.
The Open Seventeen Challenge aims to transform grassroots enthusiasm on the Web into new open knowledge that can help governments, the private sector, and civil society organizations achieve the Global Goals by the year 2030.
All you need to do is find a data set, define your crowdsourcing goal and pitch your idea.
The last Open Seventeen challenge (Oct - Dec 2015) has generated seven high-quality ideas for crowdsourcing projects.
Proponents will now start a coaching programme specifically created by The GovLab to offer them support and guidance on how to refine the project concept and set up a prototype on an open source crowdsourcing platform.