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SustAIn

Solving sustainability issues together, with the help of AI

Xomnia is offering organisations with awesome, sustainable ideas its expertise in artificial intelligence. Organisations are invited to submit proposals for data-driven sustainability projects. Together with the selected organisation, Xomnia will turn the best ideas into real solutions over the course of a dedicated one-year development program

Xomnia has a history of tackling societal challenges. In 2016 we organised a ‘datathon’, a data-oriented hackathon, to help address the issue of cyberbullying, in collaboration with ARAG and Stop Pesten Nu. In 2018 we teamed up with the World Bank to help students in designing data driven solutions that address food waste and world hunger. This year it’s time to take the next step, so we present SustAIn.

We are looking for organisations with great ideas on how to use AI and data science to make our world more sustainable. Leveraging our technical expertise, we are eager to collaborate with the organisation with the best idea to build a data-driven solution to a sustainability challenge. Using the knowledge and experience of our data scientists and data engineers, we’ll dive deep into the data to develop a proof of concept. Together, we’ll then turn the proof-of-concept into a real data driven solution.

 

Criteria

The potential of an idea to change the world is more important than a detailed proposal. This is why we welcome ideas that are at an earlier stage of development as much as more mature plans. Below are the criteria we will use to evaluate the submissions.

Application procedure

Apply quickly by filling out this form below. We will select the three most promising ideas, and invite the organisations that submitted them for a pitch round at Xomnia HQ. A jury of data scientists, sustainability experts and entrepreneurs will then pick the idea that we will help transform into a solution.

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General Information

What is the name of your organisation?

What is your organisation’s website address?

Where is your organisation located?

Which of the following best characterizes your organisation?
AcademicGovernmentalCommercialNGO / Non-profitOther:

What is your name?

What is your job title?

What is your email address?

What is your phonenumber?

The problem

Tell us more about the environmental problem that the project in this application proposes to address. Why did you choose this particular issue? Use metrics where possible: e.g., approximately how significant will the resulting greenhouse gas reduction be?

Message

To which category does this project primarily belong?
EnergyResoursesWasteHuman behaviourConservationOther

The Solution

We would like to understand how you propose to address the problem above.

Tell us about your solution: in three sentences or less, what will you do to help address the problem above?

Contextualize your idea: what other approaches have been tried in the past? What is the insight or innovation that differentiates your project, and how is it better than what already exists?

What is the expected duration of the development phase of the idea?

What will be different in five years in the world if this project has succeeded?

What geographic area(s) does your project impact?

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Do you need personal advice?

Please e-mail or call  Jorren Bosga
+31 6 13633963
jorren@xomnia.com

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FAQ

Which organisations are invited to take part?

Any organisation with an idea to tackle a sustainability challenge. Commercial companies, governmental organisations, and NGOs are all welcome.

Do I need to have the dataset my organisation plans to use for our proposed project already?

No, this isn’t necessary as long as a plan for generating the dataset is provided. However, it is important that we’ll be able to obtain the data fairly soon after the pitch round in order to make a quick start.

Will the proposals be posted publicly?

No, the submissions will be evaluated internally by Xomnia. The three best proposals will be assessed by a partially external panel of experts during the pitch round. In correspondence with the winning organisation, we might decide to publish the winning proposal for communication purposes.

Who owns the IP of my proposal? 

There is no IP on the proposals, as they are simply just proposals. The intention is to jointly develop the winning idea with the organisation that submitted it, but it is difficult to judge its exact shape at this stage. In any case, we will make sure that we’ll find a fitting form for the intellectual property.

I have a great idea to make my own organisation more sustainable using AI. Do you consider internal projects as well?

As stated in the selection criteria, the scalability of an idea is valued. In fact, the goal of the AI for Sustainability Initiative is to tackle a sustainability challenge in society in collaboration with organisations that have domain knowledge. This means that proposals with a society-wide scope have a better chance at winning than proposals for internal projects. However, we are of course happy to help with internal projects through our regular consultancy services.