Empowering African communities to collect weather data
Decentralised Weather Data
Unavailable weather and climate data that is decentralised and readily available to end-users in real-time. This affects the ability of local communities to gather data for decision making affecting their economic activities.This makes vulnerable communities and children unable to plan and mitigate adverse weather conditions such as drought, floods, and storms in both the short and long term.
West Africa Lacks real-time & historical climate data
Prior efforts to collect weather and air quality data out of West Africa have been largely unsuccessful for these reasons.
Cost of maintaining data collection
Lack of regional government understanding and care
Decay and apathy of deployed sensors
The team behind Weather Balloons Project is diverse in terms of expertise and spatial distribution. We are grounded in engineering and entrepreneurship in developing IoT applications. Our common competency is building disruptive and decentralised blockchain application that serve the needs of vulnerable communities. To us, innovation should lead to inclusion and resilience and not exclusion.
Since 2010, Blaise has worked as a technology entrepreneur in Ghana, building software products for different market verticals. He has worked extensively with different APIs across different verticals, especially in the eCommerce and payment industry. For the past 4 years, Blaise has carved a niche in building blockchain applications on different blockchain protocols such as BitShares, Telos, Steemit and Whaleshares.
Nicolas has an extensive background in weather and software, including a software engineering position at Boeing and an algorithm development position for the GOES-16 weather satellite at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He has interned and worked with NOAA in the past and has pursued graduate-level study of a global climate model at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. He has researched much about the importance of West African weather for global climate.
He has a background in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from the University of Uyo, Nigeria. worked as an intern at a local TV broadcasting company called AKBC and Pamosen Engineering, where he got experience in communication Engineering and Hardware engineering. Emmanuel Patrick is also very active in the blockchain sphere since 2017, he is the co-founder and ideator of a blockchain network for Africa and the world called “Telokanda”
We have had support from people within the blockchain community as well as those from academia