In „Earth 5.0 – Provoke the Future“ I present initiatives and technologies that make this world a better place. In this blog I continue the story, keep you up to date on projects and start-ups that are developing digital solutions for a planet in need in the sense of „Earth 5.0“. I noticed those three:
call for code
IBM is investing 30 million US dollars over five years in the global „Call for Code“ initiative. It aims to encourage programmers around the world to develop new solutions for preventing and predicting natural disasters and for effective relief and reconstruction. The cloud, artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain are considered groundbreaking technologies. The idea for „Call for Code“ came from the US brand agency David Clark Cause, with the participation of the United Nations Human Rights Office and the American Red Cross, among others. „The „Call for Code“ aims to involve the affected people in the overall disaster management process. Fascinating: With the help of prominent advocates such as Ellen DeGeneres, Pierce Brosnan and Gisele Bündchen, „Call for Code“ achieved a reach of almost one billion people on social networks on World Humanitarian Aid Day in August.
A new look at the planet
With „Planet Lab“ in Silicon Valley, Briton Will Marshall has founded a new kind of space company: agile, fast, daring. As the „Spiegel“ reports, „Planet Lab“ needs about ten weeks to develop a new type of satellite. The demand is low: The Minis weigh only five kilograms, are designed for a service life of only a few years and then burn up in the atmosphere. Actually a low-tech approach in a high-tech industry. 150 of the boxes orbit the earth at low altitude and photograph the entire planet every day at 10 a.m. local time. Nothing escapes them: illegal clearing of rainforests, expansion of industrial areas, light pollution, changes to the Great Barrier Reef. Terabyte by terabyte of data accumulates the „Planet Lab“, whose control center is located in Berlin. A treasure trove of data for NGOs, authorities, companies and United Nations organisations. However, the satellite images of „Planet Lab“ are not an instrument of control – their resolution is not sufficient for this.
Platform for Ghanaian farmers
„AgroCenta“ is the name of a start-up company founded in Ghana in 2015 that aims to eliminate two central problems, in particular for the smaller farms in the West African country: limited access to markets and difficult access to capital. Using the AgroTrade supply chain platform, AgroCenta connects farmers directly with their customers, eliminating middlemen with their often exploitative price dictates. Farmers will thus be able to sell their goods collectively and at a good price directly to large consumers, such as food or drink manufacturers. With the inclusive financial platform AgroPay, the start-up provides those farmers who trade via AgroTrade with something similar to a „statement of account“, which makes it easier for them to negotiate with potential lenders. According to AgroCenta, it is increasing farmers‘ income by an average of 25 percent.
It is such initiatives and projects that are gradually creating Earth 5.0. Read in „Earth 5.0 – Provoking the Future“ how technologies and trends will interact to improve the situation of people in need. And: I am looking forward to further tips and hints on technologies and concepts, start-ups and people who want to save the world with the help of digitalization.