Technology to solve climate change challenges November 10, 2011 04:08PM print email All over the world we have been seeing recent effects of climate change in our environment and human lives. From tsunamis, to floods, landslides, earthquakes, and all forms of natural disaster destroying our world on a daily basis.
Africa is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Climate records historically have shown warming of approximately 0.7°C over most of the continent in the twentieth century, a decrease in rainfall in a larger part of the Sahara, with an increase in rainfall in east central Africa (WWF).
Technology is seen as a tool to bridge different barriers in our society as the world is growing technological daily.
Apps4Africa, Nigeria, a brainstorming session will be focusing on African Solutions to Climate Change.
Marieme Jamme, Group CEO of Spotone Global Solutions talks about the event. The Apps4Africa: Climate Challenge builds on the success of the 2010 Apps4Africa: Civic Challenge in which civil society challenged program developers to find innovative technological solutions to everyday problems on issues ranging from transparency and governance to health and education.
On why climate change this time around, bearing in mind that lots of conferences and events have been built around this topic, but little implementation has been seen.
“The theme climate change was chosen in order to prepare the Durban summit in South Africa. South Africa will be hosting the climate change summit, so this is the good for Africans to get involve, discuss it and brainstorm on climate change challenges the continent is facing. Apps4frica will achieve something, as it is a contest; we are hoping to find amazing people that will develop hopefully applications that will make a difference.”
What is Apps4Africa all about Apps4Africa is a continent-wide competition for web and mobile software solutions to social challenges in Africa. It is a competition that brings together different group of thinkers, idealists, innovators, and techies, to mention a few groups. But this year’s competition will be bringing together civil society, NGOs, academia, and private sector organizations with technology innovators to develop web and mobile software that address local climate change adaptation challenges.
“The Apps will inform, mobilize and hopefully educate people. Africa needs to participate. In Africa we do not talk about climate change challenges that much neither do we understand the damages it causes,” Mariemme explains on the anticipation for the apps that will be developed at the competition. “Our aim is not to try to solve, but inform and allow people to have a platform where they can have a discussion,” she concludes.
To kickstart the preparation for the competition in Nigeria, a brainstorming session is taking place at the Cchub today to enable climate change experts interact with technologists in thinking up creative tools and ideas to build for the forthcoming competition.
On choice of location, Mariemme has this to say: “Nobody can talk about climate change in Africa without mentioning Nigeria. I think Nigeria is in the centre of climate change challenges that we are all discussing today. I do not want to be too political, but Nigeria needs to be part of the debate and Nigerians needs to be heard.
“We hope to see Africa having more say on climate change issues, countries and governments help their people understand the challenge and find solutions for a better Africa.” The session is taking place at CcHUB 6th Floor, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria, from 5pm to 8pm.
Source:- 234Next.com – Nov 14, 2011