The 2018 Inspire Challenge
The Inspire Challenge encourages the use of big data approaches to advance agricultural research and development. The winners are groundbreaking innovations with real potential for developmental impact, have mobilized underused or misused data, and demonstrate meaningful partnerships with CGIAR and other sector members.
In 2018, we received over 130 proposals to our Inspire Challenges from applicants all over the world in the four Inspire Challenge categories: Revealing Food Systems, Monitoring Pests and Diseases, Disrupting Impact Assessment, and Empowering Data-Driven Farming.
Of the 130 excellent proposals, we awarded five US$100,000 each to develop their innovative pilot projects.
US$ GRANT / WINNER
Meet the 2018 winners
CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture’s 2018 Inspire Challenge winners were awarded during the Platform’s second annual convention — Decoding the Data Ecosystem — in Nairobi, Kenya, 3 to 5 October 2018.
The five winning teams have 12 months to implement small-scale proof of concept pilots to demonstrate viability.
The five successful pilots were placed on the trajectory to wider-scale implementation, including the possibility of receiving an additional US$250,000 of scale-up funding. They also have additional help in finding continued funding and widespread adoption within CGIAR, to ensure that these innovations become a part of how we operate system-wide. Read the winning proposals below.