Meet the start-ups vying to catch WFP’s eye

New blockchain and artificial intelligence solutions take top billing at the latest WFP Innovation Bootcamp in Munich, Germany.

This week, ten teams from across the world are meeting at WFP’s dedicated Innovation Accelerator to design, test and grow the latest solutions to hunger.

Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence once again take centre stage, with teams aiming to solve humanitarian supply chain challenges or speed up data processing in the wake of disasters. Just as they did at the last Bootcamp in March, tech-minded WFP staff and start-ups will be able to call upon the support and guidance of the Google Developers Launchpad over the course of the week. Google’s flagship acceleration programme will help start-ups and teams by matching them with the best of Google — its people, network and technologies.

Action Shot: Participants pictured at the last WFP Bootcamp, March 2018

Participating teams will have access to a range of tutorials and training over the course of the week. Experts from across the world (many of whom are volunteering their time) will deliver expert seminars on topics such as product/market fit, user experience (UX) design and marketing.

Teams are hoping that their innovations catch the eye of the Accelerator during the five-day Bootcamp and at Pitch Night, where they’ll pitch their solutions to a full house at Google’s Munich office. If successful, they’ll stand a chance of receiving funding, hands-on support and access to a global humanitarian network to bring their concept to life. Are they up to the task?

Bernhard Kowatsch pictured at the WFP Innovation Pitch Night, March 2018. Photo: Google/Christian Rudnik

Pitch Night

On Thursday 7 June, teams will pitch to an audience of investors, partners and the Accelerator at the Google Offices in Munich. To secure a seat at the event, register here. Spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis!


Meet the participating teams

WFP innovation teams

AI & Remote Sensing

WFP staff are teaming up with Google’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) team and remote sensing experts to develop new automization tools for humanitarian emergency relief operations.

Blocks for Transport

Blocks for Transport aims to create a faster, more cost-effective supply chain through the implementation of blockchain technology. Blocks for Transport provides full workflow visibility where paperwork, financial payment and physical goods intersect.

Logistics Cluster Preparedness

Using AI, satellite data, remote sensing, semantic engines and automated user-machine communication interfaces, WFP’s Logistics Cluster has developed an Emergency Preparedness platform that uses primary, secondary and crowd-sourced data to help overall emergency support.

MEZA

MEZA is a new tool to quickly collect nutrition and related health data from remote, low-resource clinics. It helps WFP and governments access the information they need to provide high-quality, context-specific and timely nutrition support.

The Migration Pulse

The Migration Pulse uses state-of-the-art data collection tools to track, analyse and understand migration and forced displacement. The Migration Pulse gives a voice to the displaced and their host communities, while helping humanitarians deliver better assistance.

VAMPIRE — Tracking the impact of major climate events

Together with local partners and other UN agencies, WFP Indonesia built a dashboard to track the impact of drought and floods on food security. VAMPIRE brings different data streams into a single interactive map, showing the extent of drought affected areas, the impacts on markets, and the coping strategies and resilience of affected populations.

Rwanda Supply Chain

WFP Rwanda aims to improve the capacity of its supply chain to reduce stunting and malnutrition in the communities it supports. The team is testing technologies such as automation, image scanning, IoT and blockchain.

External Start-Ups

Cloud to Street

Cloud to Street is a remote sensing platform that maps floods in near real-time and delivers dynamic risk information in a web dashboard at a fraction of the cost of traditional flood modelling.

Learn more here: http://www.cloudtostreet.info/about.html

Emictric

EMICTRIC offers a new solution for rapid community engagement and needs assessment by gathering data and resources from within the affected community — all you need is an app and a WiFi connection.

Learn more here: https://www.emictric.org/our-vision/

Famoco

Famoco uses new digital mobile solutions, such as near-field communication (NFC) wearables, to track the attendance of children availing of WFP’s school meals programme. Appropriate, secure and non-intrusive NFC wearables could be integrated with existing WFP data and databases.

Learn more about Famoco here: https://www.famoco.com/