As world leaders prepare to launch a new set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at ending extreme poverty by 2030, we have joined forces with the Citizen Cyberscience Centre and SciFabric to launch an open call for ideas on how crowdsourcing can help tackle extreme poverty, corruption and gender inequality.
The Open Seventeen is a challenge inspired by Crowdcrafting, an open platform that supports hundreds of diverse crowdsourcing projects where participants sift through existing data sets – images, scanned text, tweets and more – to find the sorts of nuggets of wisdom that computer algorithms cannot extract.
We are inviting you to submit ideas for how to track one or more of the 17 draft goals, which include eradicating extreme poverty, ending hunger, achieving gender equality and making cities more sustainable.
Existing examples of Crowdcrafting include classifying images of light pollution taken by astronauts on the International Space Station and pouring through scanned documents released by the oil industry in order to reveal complex webs of corporate interests in developing regions.
The Open Seventeen challenge will run until the end of June, when we will select three proposals to turn into actual crowdsourcing projects. The winners and their projects will be promoted in upcoming high profile international events.