Innovation Showcase, Science Talk: Empowering Change, Citizen Science Innovations for Transforming Food, Land, and Water Systems

  • Date
  • Time
    08:00 am > 12:00 am UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, MRM , Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Areas: Resilient Landscape, Capacity Sharing, Gender & Inclusion, Digital and Data

Join us for an engaging discussion on how digital innovations and citizen science are reshaping monitoring system for food, land and water . In the face of the global environmental crisis, these systems are under immense pressure, requiring efficient conservation and management. However, traditional data collection methods often fall short in providing the necessary coverage. This event will explore how digital technologies like wireless sensor networks and remote sensing, combined with the power of citizen science, offer promising solutions to expand data collection and reporting capabilities. We’ll highlight recent research showcasing how smartphones, alongside other sensors and empower with blockchain technology, serve as pivotal tools for citizen scientists to engage with advanced technology for monitoring systems, particularly in developing countries. These innovations have the potential to revolutionize data collection, management, and reporting, contributing to more objective and comprehensive assessments aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). However, there’s a need for further scientific and socioeconomic validation of their effectiveness within citizen science frameworks. This event will conclude with recommendations for future research efforts aimed at exploring the role of digital innovations in citizen science, particularly in the context of developing countries and SDG reporting. Don’t miss this opportunity to join the conversation, exchange ideas, and contribute to the advancement digital innovation power by citizen science.


  • Angie Garcia, Research Group Leader Water Futures Data & Analytics (WFDA) at IWMI – Moderator
  • Michael Scheibenreif, Impact YOMA (Youth Market) Lead and Regional ADDA (Africa Drone & Data Academy) at UNICEF – UNICEF Keynote speaker
  • Jacob van Etten, Lever Director – Digital Inclusion, Alliance Biodiversity – CIAT