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.
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.
Apply quickly by filling out this form below. Applications are open until the 1st of March 2019. After the deadline, 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.
What is AI?
Artificial Intelligence, or AI in short, is a term that is widely (mis)used nowadays to describe Terminator-like ‘killer robots’, the ‘smart mode’ on your washing machine, and everything in between. At its core, it is a collection of powerful technologies that allow a computer to independently discern patterns in data, and learn from them.
Computers, unlike humans, often require large amounts of data to learn something. This volume of data has to be run through a lot of calculations to learn the correlations and connections, so a large amount of computing power is needed, too. AI has become so powerful and popular today because we generate more and more data, and we keep developing more potent computers.
This has enabled the use of AI in a very wide selection of tasks: from translating text, object recognition in photos, and self-driving cars to generating fake videos, predicting stock prices, and learning people’s personal preferences.
And now sustainability, too. For example, we can use AI to efficiently match the supply and demand of energy, resulting in smart grids. Or we could use it to automatically detect forest fires. But we can also use it to spot overfishing in real-time from satellite imagery and to estimate the whale population based on underwater audio samples. If there is a correlation between data points, there is a fair chance that we’ll be able to use AI to find it, and use it to detect, connect, or predict a great many things.
Do you need personal advice?
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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.