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You don’t get many more buzzwords in a sentence than: AI, climate and hackathon. But we weren’t putting this event on to ride the ‘coming wave’. We genuinely wanted to understand the hype (and fear) around AI and whether the entrepreneurially minded amongst our connections were able to quickly put this new tech to use in the climate era. Why? Because despite the growth of incredible impact businesses and mass activism, the evidential breakdown of earth’s boundaries and climate injustice urgently requires more rapid, scalable solutions than middle class conscious consumption and flip-flopping Government policy.
Over two days, 80 participants came up with 20+ ideas and were then grouped organically into a dozen teams.
🥁 The top three solutions were:
Irrigation AI 🏆
Winner: Best use of AI to tackle Climate
An integrated AI model that evaluates numerous meteorological, soil and plant visibility parameters to ensure the adequate nourishment of crops in line with the most efficient use of water.
Winner: People’s Choice
Agent-based modelling merges population migration datasets with climate risk datasets to reduce the uncertainty surrounding climate migration and associated economic risks.
Crop Uncle 🏆
Winner: High Impact
A voice recognition and translation hotline that increases climate resilience among small-scale farmers responsible for feeding 70% of the world, most of whom lack adequate climate support, especially underfunded female farmers.
Can AI fix the climate & nature crisis?
We're in no position to answer this question with any authority. But…
from our first hackathon the following is clear:
1. Smart, creative, compassionate people are motivated to work transformative solutions to our biggest challenges.
2. With the right expertise and tools, AI solutions can be rapidly created, presenting compelling proofs of concept. This demonstrates AI’s potential to provide immediate answers and strategies, especially when time is of the essence in combating climate challenges.
3. The hackathon format is as good as any short event/workshop/bootcamp I’ve seen to learn fast, build new teams and create something that might just be the start of everything.