Hack for Earth Fire Extent Prediction
1,000 DNT
Can you predict the fire extent in the Mena region?
70 data scientists enrolled, 46 on the leaderboard
6 March—7 March
32 hours

This is a private hackathon open to Tunisian participants. If you are a Tunisian and would like to participate fill out this form and the secret code will be emailed to you. On Saturday you can contact Zindi Ambassador Mohamed Salem Jedidi.

Each year, thousands of fires blaze across the African continent. Some are natural occurrences, part of a ‘fire cycle’ that can actually benefit some dryland ecosystems. Many are started intentionally, used to clear land or to prepare fields for planting. And some are wildfires, which can rage over large areas and cause huge amounts of damage. Whatever the cause, fires pour vast amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, along with smoke that degrades air quality for those living downwind.

Figuring out the dynamics that influence where and when these fires will occur can help us to better understand their effects. And predicting how these dynamics will play out in the future, under different climatic conditions, could prove extremely useful. For this challenge, the goal is to do exactly that. We’ve aggregated data on burned areas across the whole of Africa for each month since 1 April 2000. You’ll be given the burn area data up to the end of 2013, along with some additional information (such as rainfall, temperature, population density etc) that extends into the test period. The challenge is to build a model capable of predicting the burned area in different locations over the 2014 to 2016 test period based on only this information.

About Edge Ryders (edgeryders.eu):

Edgeryders OÜ is a company living in symbiosis with an online community of thousands of hackers, activists, thinkers and doers, and just normal people that want to make a difference. The company started in 2013 as a spin-off of a Council of Europe project. It both serves the community and uses its collective smarts to power its own activities.

About IEEE Sup’Com (facebook.com/IEEE.SupCom):

IEEE Sup'Com SB is a student branch of IEEE within Sup'Com founded on 22 November 2011 and has over 150 members. Like any other branch of IEEE, our SB serves as a platform for students to learn from each other and meet with faculty members and professionals who are members of the largest professional association in the world. It offers through its technical and non-technical activities to develop their leadership, participate in competitions, and contribute to social and humanitarian causes.

About Hack for Earth:

Hack for Earth is a one-day hackathon where technology meets ecology, in which the participants will work and help solve an actual environmental challenge that aims to establish solutions for the common good and also to strengthen the AI community in Tunisia.