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YOUR VOICE, YOUR DATA, YOUR FUTURE.

DATA FOR REFUGEES TURKEY IS
A BIG DATA CHALLENGE BY TURK TELEKOM!

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  • D4R
  • INTRODUCTION

WHY THIS CHALLENGE?

“DATA FOR REFUGEES TURKEY” IS A BIG DATA CHALLENGE, WHEREBY TÜRK TELEKOM OPENS A LARGE DATASET OF ANONYMIZED MOBILE PHONE USAGE TO RESEARCHER GROUPS FOR THE PURPOSES OF PROVIDING BETTER LIVING CONDITIONS TO SYRIAN REFUGEES IN TURKEY.

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According to United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), we are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement of people on record. In 2015, an estimated 21.3 Million people, over half of whom were under the age of 18, were considered as legal refugees. These numbers have drastically increased over the last two years after the gruesome civil war in Syria, which led to over 4.8 million Syrians looking for refugee abroad, creating a world substantially different from when it was five years ago. This unexpected movement has caused many problems, and accommodation is just the tip of the iceberg. Many subsequent challenges remain in terms of security, safety, politics, solidarity, and humanitarian issues.

 

The conditions of refugees are difficult, to say the least. Many face hard conditions in refugee camps. The journey to their target destinations often use dangerous methods of transportation, organized by illegal human smugglers, which, more often than not, leads to suffering and death. For some time, many refugee camps stayed crowded and undersupplied, subjecting people to cold, hunger, and diseases. At the moment, the vast majority of registered Syrian refugees are hosted by the neighboring countries, with 10 percent residing at camps, while 90 percent is distributed around urban, peri-urban and rural areas.

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  • PRIORITY SUBJECTS

FOCUSES

“THE FIRST OBJECTIVE OF THE CHALLENGE IS TO PROVIDE A SPECIAL DATABASE TO THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY TO ENABLE RESEARCH ON REFUGEE MOVEMENTS AND TO ULTIMATELY HELP THE AUTHORITIES IN PROVIDING BETTER CONDITIONS TO MORE THAN 3.5 MILLION SYRIAN REFUGEES IN TURKEY. FOR THIS PURPOSE, THE CHALLENGE FOCUSES ON FIVE PRIORITIZED SUBJECT AREAS AND INVITES RESEARCHERS TO CREATE SOLUTIONS ON:

 

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  • BIG DATA

SIZE OF
THE DATA

“DATA FOR REFUGEES TURKEY” IS A BIG DATA CHALLENGE, WHEREBY TÜRK TELEKOM OPENS A LARGE DATASET OF ANONYMİZED MOBILE PHONE USAGE TO RESEARCHER GROUPS FOR THE PURPOSES OF PROVIDING BETTER LIVING CONDITIONS TO SYRIAN REFUGEES IN TURKEY.

23B’ DURATION
OF TALK
3.5M REFUGEES
IN TURKEY
42M TOTAL
CONVERSATION

The Challenge invites researchers to work directly with refugees, with related Ministries, and partner institutions, facilitating access to people deeply involved in all refugee matters. The Challenge further aims to contribute to technical and scientific progress by rewarding the best advances in the analysis of social data for humanitarian problems, as well as improve our applied knowledge of ethical guidelines to big data problems. Turk Telekom has teamed up with many non-profit organizations to involve as many local and regional stakeholders as possible, in order to guarantee the sustainability of the proposed solutions.

The Challenge will also help capacity building at a local and international level for creating technological applications to help governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders in dealing with refugee crises.

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  • SCHEDULE

KEY
DATES

THE PROJECT WILL RUN FROM DECEMBER 2017 TO DECEMBER 2018. A ‘D4R COMMITTEE’, COMPOSED OF MEMBERS OF THE REFUGEE COMMUNITY, MINISTRIES, UNIVERSITIES, AND INSTITUTIONS SUPPORTING THE INITIATIVE, WILL EVALUATE THE PROPOSALS. THE SELECTED TEAMS WILL BE GRANTED ACCESS TO THE ENTIRE DATASET UNDER A CAREFULLY DRAFTED USER AGREEMENT. THE BEST PROJECTS IN EACH CATEGORY WILL BE AWARDED PUBLICLY.

APRIL 2018
SELECTED PROJECTS
APR - JUL 2018
PROJECT PREPARATION WITH DATA
31 AUG 2018
PROJECT REPORTS DELIVERED
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“DATA FOR REFUGEES TURKEY” IS A BIG DATA CHALLENGE,
WELCOME

Welcome to the homepage of the Data for Refugees (D4R) Challenge Workshop. This workshop will gather stakeholders seeking to use Big Data for improving the living conditions of refugees. The Challenge participants will present their findings at the Workshop, and Awards will be distributed on different categories:
Health, education, social integration, unemployment, safety & security, respectively.

The presentations will be in English.

Date and Location

This workshop will take place on the 5th of November 2018 at Boğaziçi University, Albert Long Hall.

Participation and Registration

The workshop is free to attend, but security requires the names of attendees to enter the university on the day of the workshop. Please register if you like to attend.

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Organization
Tentative Program

09:00 - 09:30   Opening talks (Boğaziçi University, TUBITAK, Türk Telekom)
09:30 - 10:00   D4R Challenge Award Ceremony
10:00 - 12:00   Oral presentations from challenge participants
12:00 - 14:00   Lunch break and poster presentations from challenge participants
14:00 - 16:00   Oral presentations from challenge participants
16:00 - 17:00   Group meetings for challenge areas

Targeted Outcomes

The aim of the Workshop is to disseminate the findings of the D4R Challenge to a wider public. 31 research groups will present their results in the Workshop. The group meetings will bring the Challenge participants together to initiate a recommendations document (to be completed after the Workshop). These recommendations will be compiled in a jointly-authored chapter in the forthcoming book:

Salah, A.A., A. Pentland, B. Lepri, E. Letouze, P. Vinck, Y.A. de Montjoye, X. Dong (eds.), Guide to Mobile Data Analytics in Refugee Scenarios, Springer International, forthcoming.

Furthermore, a white paper in Turkish will be edited from the Challenge outcomes to be shared with the authorities.

Organization

Scientific Committee
Albert Ali Salah, Boğaziçi University
Alex Pentland, MIT
Bruno Lepri, FBK
Emmanuel Letouze, Data-Pop Alliance
Patrick Vinck, Harvard University
Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, Imperial College London
Xiaowen Dong, University of Oxford

Project Evaluation Committee
Senem Özyavuz, Turk Telekom
Iyad Rahwan, MIT
Anahi Ayala Iacucci, Internews
Bülent Sankur, Boğaziçi University
Yıldırım Bahadırlar, TUBITAK BILGEM
Alex Rutherford, MIT
Claire Melamed, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Jean-Marie Garelli, UNHCR
Ahmad Garibeh, Istanbul & I
Geoffrey Charles Fox, Indiana University
Josephine Goube, Techfugees
Fırat Yaman Er, Turk Telekom
Phuong Pham, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Mithat Büyükhan, TC Ministry of Education
Mazen AboulHosn, IOM
Ömer Hakan Şimşek, TC Ministry of Health
Nona Zicherman, UNICEF
Manuel Garcia-Herranz, UNICEF
Vedran Sekara, UNICEF

Contact

Albert Ali Salah, salah@boun.edu.tr

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Attention Please

PROJECT GROUPS SUBMIT PROPOSALS has been extended until March 23, 2018.