Masterclass #1: Applying the power of digital technology for climate action 

Masterclass #1: Applying the power of digital technology for climate action 

How can digital and geospatial technologies drive solutions for climate action – and how can young people become involved in digital projects to counter the impact of climate change? 

This masterclass explored the importance of digital, geospatial and sensing technologies in improving understanding of the climate system, helping to build resilience and filling data gaps to monitor the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It presented use cases demonstrating just how digital technologies can provide insights and effective solutions for climate action – and offers ideas for young people around the world to get involved in citizen science projects and open access digital technology projects to directly address climate and development challenges. 

This session was organized around the following areas of action:

Event Date/Time
20:00-22:00 CAT, Kigali | 14:00-16:00 EDT, New York | 02:00-04:00 CST, Beijing
Room Ubumwe (second floor), Intare Arena, Kigali, Rwanda
120 Minutes
Action Area
Climate Action, Geospatial technologies, Sustainable Development Goals


Ms Barbara Ryan
Executive Director (World Geospatial Industry Council)
Mr Douglas Baguma
Co-Founder & Managing Director (Innovex)
Mr Olivier Paul Benoit Curdy
Intern (United Nations Global Service Center, UNGSC)
Mrs Marilé Colón Robles
Project Scientist (NASA GLOBE Clouds)
Ms Allison Cusick
Oceanographer/Polar Ecologist (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego)
Mr Michael Montani
GIS Consultant (United Nations Global Service Center,UNGSC) and Crowdsourcing Coordinator (UN Mappers)
Dr Kumar Navulur
Senior Director, Strategic Investments (Maxar Technologies)
Dr Katie Spellman
Research Assistant Professor (University of Alaska Fairbanks, International Arctic Research Center)
Mr Jiannan Zhu
Founder & CEO (Orca-Tech.)