H2020, a Start-Up Chile initiative headed by Erika Anderson, successfully launched the Water Poverty Initiative project that they have been developing since their arrival in Chile. With its commencement, Erika along with her team of volunteers from Un Techo para Chile, will begin collecting data in slums throughout Chile, as well as in Colombia and Ecuador, using a mobile-phone based water poverty survey.
The project, one of its kind, will be using smartphones to collect data on water quantity, quality, access and price in slum communities. Using multidimensional space representation techniques enhanced with artificial intelligence, they plan to combine this “crowdsourced” information with data from other sources, like water poverty reports and satellite images, and publish it using a map-based format.
According to Erika, the long-term projections of the initiative are to “improve public knowledge about water problems in slums, increase the efficiency with which information is gathered and published, and stimulate implementation of scalable solutions.” She also mentions that another goal for H2020 is to be present in all South American cities with a population of 2 million or more inhabitants. To reach these goals she is being assisted by Un Techo para mi País with the data collection, and Universidad Politécnica in Madrid, with the application’s artificial intelligence construction.