the objectives of the challenge

The first objective of the 'Data For Development Senegal' Challenge, in relation to the Sonatel and Orange policy in favour of development, is to contribute to the development and welfare of the populations.
For this purpose, 5 priority subject matters have been defined,  for which the requirements have been expressed in collaboration with the responsible Ministries or the partner institutions:

  • health
  • agriculture
  • transport/urban planning
  • energy
  • national statistics

These themes will be awarded specific prizes to be used in order to progress in the implementation of solutions in these different fields, which is one of the key objectives for the period after the challenge. However, the definition of these 5 themes does not in any way prevent a participating team from contributing in a different field (education, trade,…) if they wish. All submissions and publications will be assessed and may possibly form part of the final feedback, depending on their relevance for development.

The challenge also wishes to contribute to three additional objectives, which are also to be awarded a prize:

advancing research in the field of Big Data

Prizes will be awarded to teams that have advanced methods regarding scientific aspects, cross referencing of data, the fact of making "the data speak for itself" (display and editorial style), and the practical applicability of solutions.

involving local stakeholders and guaranteeing benefits in education and development of the ecosystem of local start-ups

For this purpose, two universities (UCAD and Gaston Bergé) have been invited to help us to promote and to invite the African universities to participate in the challenge, as well as an incubator (CTIC) based in Dakar to motivate participation from local start-ups. A prize will reward the most practical application that can quickly be applied locally, as a result of a Hackathon at the end of the challenge.

advancing in anonymisation techniques to allow sharing of data that is relevant for society while respecting privacy

For this purpose a constructive dialogue with the Personal Data Commission was opened up at the start of the project, with, in particular, work on the creation of robust sharing formats and exploration of the uses and limitations of the "synthetic data sets".