YOUR VOICE, YOUR DATA, YOUR FUTURE.
DATA FOR REFUGEES TURKEY IS
A BIG DATA CHALLENGE BY TURK TELEKOM!
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.
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.
- PRIORITY SUBJECTS
“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:
- BIG 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.
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.
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.