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UNDP Announces the Climate Action Hackathon in Zambia
Up to 25 Full Travel Scholarships Will Provide Software and Application Developers with the Opportunity to Create
Innovative Climate Information and Early Weather Alert Messaging Apps
UNDP’s Programme on Climate Information for Resilient Development in Africa (CIRDA) is inviting software developers,
mobile application gurus and innovation specialists to Livingstone, Zambia from March 15-17 to participate in the
Climate Action Hackathon. This exciting event will generate ideas and early prototypes for mobile and online
applications to provide climate and weather information to protect the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable African
communities adapting to climate change.
The UNDP will provide up to 25 travel scholarships for “hackers” to cover their travel, lodging and meals during this
event that will run in parallel to the UNDP workshop “The Last Mile: Saving lives, improving livelihoods and increasing
resiliency through tailored weather information services for a changing climate.”
“Hackers” will work individually or in teams to create mobile applications, messaging solutions or data management
systems that address Africa’s persistent challenges in adapting to climate change, and share early warnings and accurate
climate information across the continent. Climate Action Hackathon participants will be supplied with raw weather and
climate data as well as access to global experts in meteorology, climatology, technology, and communications from the
UNDP, IRI and the Brown Institute- a collaboration between Columbia University and Stanford University designed to
encourage and support new endeavors in media innovation.
“The main goal of the hackathon is to find ways the application development community can help African weather
services bridge the last mile with practical solutions to help people prepare and protect themselves from more frequent
and severe storms, erratic weather patterns and long-term climate change,” said CIRDA Programme Manager Bonizella
 Learn more about the Climate Action Hackathon and apply for a travel scholarship at Deadline is February 17.
 Project Brief
 Terms and Conditions
The CIRDA Programme
UNDP’s Programme on Climate Information for Resilient Development in Africa (CIRDA) supports Climate Information
and Early-Warning Systems Projects in 11 of Africa’s Least Developed Countries in their missions to save lives and
improve livelihoods. By building capacity to issue extreme weather warnings, sharing new technological advances in
weather monitoring and forecasting, and facilitating innovative partnerships with the private sector, the programme
works to foster regional cooperation, support strong institutions and build resiliency to climate change.
The Brown Institute for Media Innovation
The Brown Institute was established in 2012 by a gift from Helen Gurley Brown, long time editor of Cosmopolitan
Magazine, in honor of her late husband David Brown, a filmmaker producing works like Jaws and Driving Miss Daisy.
The Institute is a bi-coastal collaboration between Stanford’s School of Engineering and Columbia’s Graduate School of
Journalism. Its mission is to sponsor thinking, building and speculating about how stories are discovered and told in a
networked, digitized world.
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The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
IRI was established in 1996 by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Columbia
University as the world’s first international institute with a mission to apply climate science in the service of society.
IRI uses a science-based approach to enhance society’s capability to understand, anticipate and manage the impacts
of climate in order to improve human welfare and the environment, especially in developing countries.
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UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain
the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in more than 170 countries and
territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.
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