An Indian software engineer, Abdulqadir Rashik, an entrepreneur and founder of India based Miavy Systems, has recently won the first prize in the United Nations Links Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Data Visualisation Challenge. The UN competition is aimed at engaging the public in sharing ideas about how to visualize the interlink-ages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He won the prize for his submission ‘Links to Sustainable Cities, an interactive visualisation that identifies and maps links between SDG 11 Sustainable Communities and Cities, and 16 other goals.
Links SDGs is a challenge issued by Unite Ideas, a big data crowd sourcing platform developed by the Office of Information and Communications Technology, to enable collaboration among academia, civil society, and UN offices, and to mobilise data scientists and software developers worldwide, to assist in tackling such global issues, through the creation of open source solutions.
In accepting his first-place award, Mr. Rashik noted: “If my solution results in uplifting the standard of living of even a single family, I would count it as one of my greatest achievements”.
The solutions submitted as part of the Challenge will be used to identify further research opportunities and guide global policy decisions around the implementation of sustainability initiatives, the UN said in a statement.
The project was a collaboration between the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Division for Sustainable Development and the Office of Information and Communications Technology.
Importantly, the global data science competition aims to engage the public in sharing ideas about how to visualize the interlinkages between the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 global goals and 169 targets that form the basis of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.