Linus Anari  is a  fourth year students in the department of Geospatial and Space Technology at the University of Nairobi. He is passionate about leveraging spatial data for innovative solutions, with a focus on mapping, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS). 

Our world is facing many urgent challenges, such as climate change, water insecurity, and food insecurity. Maintaining and improving quality of life around the world requires bringing together innovators across disciplines and countries to find creative solutions.

One critical tool for understanding and improving the urgent challenges facing our world is Earth observation (EO) data, meaning data that is gathered in outer space about life here on Earth! Earth observation data provides accurate and free information on our atmosphere, oceans, ecosystems, land cover, and built environment. In this challenge, participants created visualizations using Earth observation data that advance the Sustainable Development Goals of zero hunger, clean water, and climate action.

Through the challenge, a whole new community of solvers learned the tools they need to go forth and use cool satellite imagery! Almost 1,600 participants registered for the challenge, 70% of whom had never worked with Earth observation data before. Participants came from all around the world, representing over 100 different countries. Throughout the competition we received more than 130 submissions.