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Orange Launches its Second Data for Development Challenge

orange-logoOrange has launched its second Data for Development (D4D) Challenge to reward the best research projects aimed at promoting development and improving the well-being of people in Senegal.

According to the firm, the challenge aims at contributing to the development and well-being of the local population and will focus on the on healthcare, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure, energy and producing national statistics with the help of the relevant Ministries and partner institutions. The five priorities are

The challenge also aims to contribute towards achieving a more technical goal by rewarding the best work on improving algorithms for anonymisation, data mining, and data visualisation and cross-matching.

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The organisers want to get local and regional theoretical and applied researchers involved in order to guarantee results in terms of education and economic development, particularly for the business ecosystem and local start-ups.

Teams can enter the competition until the of end of December 2014, and in April 2015 a jury of representatives from 13 partner institutions* will vote on the best projects. Ten prizes will be awarded in two categories:

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         development and improvements to the well-being of the Senegalese people

         methods for promoting scientific or creative work

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The competitors will be supplied with a set of technical data from Orange Senegal’s mobile network, and a set of “synthetic data” based on a very detailed model of the network which simulates the activity of fictional customers whose behaviour is statistically similar to that of the real population. For more information on the challenge, go to:

Sam Wakoba
Sam Wakoba
Taking you on tour through Africa's tech and business ecosystem, one story at a time since 2010! Based out of Nairobi, Kenya, Sam is the founder and managing director of Moran Media, which runs, various other digital platforms and a startup incubation hub for Kenya's youthful entrepreneurs. Drop me a mail at [email protected]

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