14 May 2014– United Nations Global Pulse, an initiative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has launched the Big Data Climate Challenge to help catalyze climate action and innovation ahead of the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit on 23 September 2014. Winning submissions will be showcased at the Climate Summit.

Reporting on the launch of the Big Data Climate Challenge, UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujurric said, “The Global Pulse initiative and Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team are calling on world-class scientists, technologists and citizens from around the world to submit the best ideas that show data-driven evidence of impact of climate change.”

He added, “This initiative will help build public understanding of how Big Data can reveal critical insights for strengthening resilience and mitigating emissions.”

The Climate Summit represents a turning point in climate change from awareness to action. The Big Data Climate Challenge will strengthen the case for climate action by sourcing projects from around the world that use Big Data and analytics to highlight the economic dimensions of climate change, revealing new solutions and opportunities.

A global Advisory Board and Technical Committee with high-profile experts from the fields of Big Data, climate and sustainable development—including Dr. Amy Luers of Skoll Global Threats Dr. Carlo Ratti from MIT’s Senseable Cities Lab Richard Choularton, Chief of Climate Resilience for Food Security at World Food Programme and Dr. Elena Manaenkova from the World Meteorological Organization—will evaluate submissions.

Top projects will be featured at the Climate Summit at UN Headquarters in New York, and shared internationally through UN media, the Big Data Climate Challenge website and public outreach.