UNICEF's Innovation Branch and Red Hat are joining forces on a Big Data initiative to bridge the connectivity gap and improve access to information and education around the world.
L’a worldwide publisher of Open Source solutions Red Hat announces its collaboration with UNICEF Innovation, the division in charge of developing technologies to strengthen UNICEF's work for children. During an eight-week immersion in the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, UNICEF Innovation teams worked on a project to improve the usability of the School Mapping Project to improve emergency response and resilience, increase school connectivity and help governments optimize education systems. These efforts will support real-time humanitarian research.
This collaboration rests on two pillars:
- The development of Schooling Mapping, a project to use data to identify and fill gaps in connectivity and infrastructure to improve access to information and education;
- The improvement of Magicbox, software that relies on real-time analysis of data from public sources and private partners to highlight alarming situations to humanitarian agencies. Using high-resolution satellite images and analytical tools, it is possible to map every school in the world. The data is generated and visualized on an online platform. Thanks to this platform, it is possible to locate the places that need to receive information, to support defense actions related to connectivity issues, and to help governments in the optimization of their educational systems.
With the data provided by Magicbox, UNICEF Innovation is accelerating decision-making, facilitating the integration of new data, and improving the performance of its emergency response to natural disasters and crises.
To make this project a reality, UNICEF Innovation is calling on Red Hat's expertise, notably through the use of its open source solutions, such as Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat Ansible Automation.
Launched in 2016, the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs help companies and associations combine their human and technological efforts to stimulate innovation. The goal is to enable organizations to respond to their industry issues more quickly by working hand in hand with open source technology experts in an immersive physical environment.
Practical guidelines allow teams to learn how to combine agile methods with the DevOps approach while adopting a more open business approach and culture, specific to open source communities.
"Our collaboration with Red Hat is a real source of inspiration to find new ideas for action and respond more quickly to humanitarian crises around the world. The availability of data that informs the needs of at-risk populations allows us to be more effective in our decision-making, whether it is allocating resources or protecting vulnerable children. Driven by this collaboration, the quality of our work has improved in many ways, particularly thanks to the performance of open source solutions that allow us to develop innovative and influential projects. », said Erica Kochi, co-founder of UNICEF Innovation.