Artificial intelligence for operational hydrology – call for challenges and mentors now open

The WMO HydroHub is collaborating with the University of Geneva and other partners to organize the next Open Seventeen Challenge (O17) leveraging the power of artificial intelligence (AI), under the theme “AI for the SDGs”.

Challenges on this theme will be published by O17 in early 2020, with students and young scientists worldwide invited to submit project proposals. The best proposals will be selected for implementation, with their developers receiving six weeks of mentoring by experts in their respective field.

HydroHub is currently using a crowdsourcing approach – including through social media – to identify potential O17 challenges and mentors in the field of hydrometeorology. This will enable a transparent and inclusive process, reaching as broad an audience as possible, as well as providing a sense of how AI is being considered worldwide by the hydromet community. As AI is now more widely understood and beginning to drive significant technological innovations, it has great potential to be applied to addressing hydrometeorology’s greatest challenges.

Projects selected for mentorships that realize the best results will then be presented to an international audience at the annual AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, 4 to 8 May 2020. The most promising projects may then have the chance to receive further support for their development.

You can help make this a success by spreading the word – or volunteering as a mentor and proposing a challenge you think can be tackled with AI. We are looking forward to receiving your hydrometeorology challenge proposal and offer to mentor young scientists.

Submit your challenge, and learn more here.

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