Submit Projects for the Big Data Climate Challenge & win a trip to New York

Submit Projects for the Big Data Climate Challenge & win a trip to New York

Deadline: June 30, 2014

The United Nations Global Pulse and the Climate Change Team of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon  are looking for recently implemented or published projects and initiatives that use Big Data and analytics to show the economic implications of climate impact and opportunities to manage climate risks.

Big Data means the high volumes and varieties of data including passively generated ‘data exhaust,’ digital media/web content, physical sensors, and crowd-sourced or citizen-generated data.

Initiatives may be (but not limited to)

  • Energy
  • Smart Cities
  • Transportation
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Agriculture and Food Systems
  • Ecology
  • Complex Systems
  • Green Data Centers
  • Recycling
  • Material Sciences
  • Climate Risk Management
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience
  • Architecture and Design
  • Behavioral Science
  • Climate Finance
  • Economic Drivers (carbon markets and subsidies)


  • Winners will be flown to the United Nations Climate Summit in September 2014, with the winning projects featured at the 2014 Climate Summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
  • Winning project teams will be provided with advisory and technical support to finalize work and prepare project visualizations for the Climate Summit 2014.


  • Applicants can be from anywhere in the world with the condition that the project use Big Data and analytic to address real world impacts of climate change.
  • Proposed projects must have solid evidence of validity and be founded in the use of quantitative data.

Judging criteria:

  • Clearly demonstrates potential to address real world impacts of climate change
  • Demonstrates the value of using Big Data and analytics to understand climate-related issues
  • Relevance to the 2014 Climate Summit objectives, most ideally demonstrating economic opportunity of climate action or economic risk of inaction
  • Shows potential to be scaled-up or replicated
  • Preference will be given to operational projects and/or those completed within the last three years

For more information, visit Big Data Climate Summit Contest.