Winners of Data Innovation Mini Grants Announced

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Some months ago, Pulse Lab Jakarta and UNDP announced a call for entries for Data Innovation Mini Grants to help the Government of Indonesia in providing more effective services to its citizens.

We are delighted with the quality of the applications. In total we received 56 proposals all focused in the thematic areas of: frontline service delivery, protecting the poor and vulnerable and implementation of the village law in Indonesia. The proposals went through a rigorous selection process and were whittled down to four winners, which I am pleased to announce here:

1. Tracking Vulnerability in Urban Communities

Urban Poor Consortium, an NGO, is working with Peta Jakarta and d-associates architects to develop a socio-spatial database and analytical interface on the vulnerability of the urban poor. Individuals and communities in two kampung in Jakarta, will initially develop and update the database through crowdsourcing.

2. Malaria Rapid Response

The Malaria Centre of South Halmahera District has proposed to test a USSD-based reporting system through which a reminder can be sent to malaria patients to monitor their condition and take medication. The system will also be able to monitor stocks of anti malarial drugs so that supply meets local needs.

3. Early Warning for Waterborne Diseases

The TB-HIV Center Universitas Padjajaran has teamed up with Radboud University Nijmegen and Floodtags to test whether sentiments about water and health on social media and in local news sources can be used for early diagnosis and forecasting of outbreaks of waterborne diseases.

4. UAV-based Mapping for Village Planning and Precision Agriculture

Swandiri Institute in collaboration with Iban Community at Menua Sadap Longhouse in West Kalimantan will capture data on community rice fields with a modified near infrared camera attached to a UAV. The approach intends to provide the community with accurate spatial data on vegetation, helping the community avoid harvest failures.

All the winners have been contacted and will be awarded a grant of up to 10,000 USD in order to create a working prototype. They only have two months to create and test the prototype during which time PLJ and sector experts will mentor the teams.

We will keep you posted on the status of the prototypes. We look forward to a productive couple of months with these exciting ideas.

poster of winners

Poster image: Poster of Data Innovation Grant Winners  – download here (Jpg – 809KB) . 

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