An Argentinean wins the "Apps for Climate" Contest
June 28, 2012
- The Apps for Climate Competition aims to create innovative apps using World Bank data.
- "Ecofacts" is an app that allows user interaction with data to raise awareness on climate change.
- The winner, Andrés Quijano, has a degree in Computer Science and works as a freelancer.
Andrés Quijano, from Argentina, has won the "Apps for Climate"contest. The announcement was made today at a special event in held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC.
Apps for Climate is a global competition that recognizes the most innovative applications on climate change and its consequences developed using World Bank indicators.
It has not been very long since Quijano received an email from his mother telling him about the World Bank competition. In about four months, he created the application Ecofacts, submitting it into the competition on the closing day.
"Winning the Apps for Climate competition is a great honor,” said Andrés Quijano, who took first place in the competition. “Ecofacts is an “open source” project, so anyone can access the source code for use in their own tools, or create improvements. In the future, I hope that Ecofacts will be useful to other developers and users alike.”
The site shows the comparative information in a chart and the user can change the display of some indicators.
Ecofacts is an “open source” project, so anyone can access the source code for use in their own tools, or create improvements. In the future, I hope that Ecofacts will be useful to other developers and users alike.
Open and interactive
"My idea is that the user interacts with the data as he likes and see what is most interesting for him about three indicators: carbon dioxide emissions per capita, energy consumption and sources of energy production," says Quijano .
In addition, the application is open source, therefore allowing others to copy and modify.
In the end, the app provides alternatives for reducing the impact on climate change through changes at home, in transport and at a country level. Again, the user can manipulate the indicators and see different degrees of impact.
Quijano, 33, holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Buenos Aires and works as a freelance app and games developer.
He also receives a grant from the National Ministry of Science and Technology's Trust Fund for the Promotion of Software Industry (Fonsoft).
He first travelled to the United States in 2009 to attend the Games Developers Conference in San Francisco, thanks to a scholarship.
Quijano beat 13 other finalists from around the world, among them two other Latin Americans:
Bolivia: Alvaro Molina, Telecommunications and Systems Engineer at Bolivia’s Universidad Catolica
Alvaro’s app, FuelECOnomics compares 45,000 cars by their fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, allowing users to map out routes, estimating fuel costs and the journey’s carbon footprint.
“Users are able to see the way their car, and its fuel consumption, affects their country’s total carbon dioxide emissions, as well as their impact on climate change. Having a fuel efficient car is good for the wallet, but also for the environment,” Molina maintains.
Colombia: Ernesto Giron, Consultant, International Tropical Agriculture Center
WbPanorama, the app created by Ernesto, allows users to travel in time on board Climate Change data, enabling comparisions between the current climate in any given city with the future climate in another, according to their carbon emission.
“Having easily available online information can help adaptation or at least knowing what is in store for the future, or knowing what happened in the past,” Giron explains.