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WD and UN Global Pulse to launch “Data for Climate Action” Challenge

Global Pulse and Western Digital Corporation have entered into partnership to launch the “Data for Climate Action” challenge.
Data for Climate Action is an open innovation challenge to harness data science and big data from the private sector to fight climate change. Data scientists, researchers and innovators from around the world are encouraged to apply and submit their proposals at by 10th April, 2017.
“Driving effective action on climate change requires not only climate data, but also rich information about human behaviour,” said Robert Kirkpatrick, Director of UN Global Pulse. “Big data can provide dynamic feedback on how communities affect and are affected by the climate system, and enable innovation to increase sustainability and resilience. This data is primarily held by companies, like those participating in Data for Climate Action.”
With support from the Skoll Global Threats Fund, this global challenge has galvanized a diverse coalition of companies from multiple industries and countries to participate through acts of “data philanthropy”. The challenge will offer researchers an opportunity to gain unprecedented access to national, regional, and global datasets – anonymized and aggregated to protect privacy – and robust tools to support their research.
“As the world’s largest data storage company, we understand the power and promise of data, and are passionate about its use as a catalyst for change,” said Dave Tang, Senior Vice-President & General Manager, Data Center Systems Business Unit, Western Digital. “We are proud to partner with the United Nations Global Pulse team to not only help build the narrative and framework for the Data for Climate Action challenge, but to amplify and drive engagement around the data for social good movement. We look forward to the insights and solutions generated from this challenge and the possibilities they represent for our future.”