Teams Traveling to Imagine Cup Already Saving World – Stories

TeamOasysmemberYousefWadigathersdataonlandthreatenedbydesertificationforJordansMinistryofEnvironment。

TodowellattheImagineCup,itsnotjustaboutgreatsoftware,hesays。

Instead,studentsneedtothinkabouthowtobringtheirinnovationtomarket。

Youcantunderestimatewhatthesestudentsaredoingthesearesophisticatedapplicationsdesignedtobesuccessfulintherealworld。

JordansImagineCupentryisanotherexampleofaprojectbeingusedintherealworld。

TheirProjectOasysaimstomonitorandhelpsolvedesertification,aworldwideproblemthataffectssome2billionpeople,accordingtotheUnitedNations。

TheprojecthascaughttheinterestoftheircountrysMinistryofEnvironment,whichisusingOasystocollectinformationonat-riskland。

Theteamseesthethreatdesertificationbringseveryday。

IfyoudrivearoundJordan,itseverywhere,saysYousefWadi,astudentatGermanJordanianUniversity。

Youseegreenland,andthenallofsuddenthedesertisrightthere,crawlingontothegreen。

Fightingdesertificationisdifficult,costlywork,theteamsays,butitcanbedone。

Thebiggestchallengeisdetectinglandsthatareonthevergeofdegradingtodesert。

Oasysactsasanearlywarningsystemthatcanletenvironmentalists,governments,andcommunitiesknowwhentotakeaction。

Threatenedlandsaremonitoredbysmallsensorsimbeddedinthegroundthatsendenvironmentaldataviasatellitetoanonlinedatabase,whereartificialintelligencesoftwarewillanalyzethedataandpredictfuturechangestotheland。

Thepayoffofbuildingsuchasystemcouldbeenormousaccordingtothestudents,desertificationcancauseahostofsocietalissues。

Wheredesertificationanddroughtincrease,childmortalitydoubles,Wadisays。

Whenlandsturnintodesert,youcantplantfoodanymore。

Soifwetackleoneenvironmentalproblem,wecanhelpalotofotherissues。

LikethestudentsbehindGINA,teamOasyswillbehardatworkontheirprojectlongafterthecompetitioninPoland。

Whiletheywouldntmindwinning,theyreallywanttousetheirtriptotheImagineCuptospreadthewordabouttheirprojectandtohelpgetOasysmonitoringlandworldwide。

TheImagineCuphelpsyougoglobal,Wadisays。