Orange has announced the winners of this year’s Data for Development (D4D) Challenge in Senegal which ran from 2014 to April 2015 in conjunction with Sonatel and Orange under the patronage of the Senegalese Ministry of Higher Education and Research.
Sonatel extracted its anonymised data samples and made it available to over 250 international research laboratories used by 150 teams from the over 250 universities registered for the challenge. The competition was organized under health, agriculture, transportation/urban planning, energy and national statistics themes, the close to 60 high quality projects were submitted for the final competition.
The first prize goes to the University of Manchester and the Santa Fe Institute, with support from the Université Cheikh Anta Diop, winning US$5000.00 for using mobile phone data for electrification planning. All other prize winners receive US$2000.00 each.
Other projects include health, national statistics and agriculture.
Energy Prize + First Prize:
Using mobile phone data for electricification planning
The University of Manchester , Sante Fe Institute, with support from the
Université Cheikh Anta Diop
Genesis of millet prices in Senegal: the role of production, markets and their failures
Université catholique de Louvain
Uncovering the impact of human mobility on schistosomiasis (a water-based parasitic worm infection)
Politecnico di Milano and Stanford University
National Statistics Prize:
Virtual Networks and Poverty Analysis in Senegal
University of Buffalo
National and Regional Road Network Optimisation for Senegal Using Mobile Phone Data
Delft University of Technology
Data Crossing Prize:
“Using mobile phone data for Spatial Planning simulation and Optimisation Technologies (SPOT)”
University d’Avignon, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Laboratorie de Traitement de I’Information, Institute for Transport Planning and Systems, Zurich, (ESPACE), Avignon, France ; CNRS, France
Data Visualisation Prize:
O05, Data for Development Reloaded: Visual Matrix Techniques for the Exploration and Analysis of Massive Mobile Phone Data
University of Technology, SynerScope BV, Sensemaking Fellowship
Practical Application Prize:
Mobile Data as Public-Health Decision Enabler: A Case Study of Cardiac and Neurological Emergencies
Old Dominion University, University of Bordeaux, University of Tunis, Aalto University
Scientific Prize + Ethics Mention:
Construction of socio-demographic indicators with digital breadcrumbs Freie University Berlin, Humboldt-University Berlin.