Designing an online platform for global data sharing
June 2017: First Demo
We presented our first demo in June 2017. Over 50 people from sanitation, data, mapping, technology and philanthropy gathered at the Urban Innovation Centre in London for the launch. We demonstrated the ability to layer together slum layouts, the location of toilet facilities and the population density all onto one easy to use, interactive map for the information settlement of Mathare, home to 180,000 people in Nairobi, Kenya. We also shared our vision for a new index that will help the sanitation sector align investment priorities to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6 for water and sanitation.
August 2017: Beta Testing
Gather attended the 2017 World Water Week in Stockholm to showcase the demo and perform beta tests among potential platform users.
November 2017: Building the Minimum Viable Product
Several sanitation providers started to share their sanitation data with us in November 2017. On the back of the progress, Geovation also started to help us build our minimum viable product.
January to April 2018: Product Development
Between January and April we continued to focus on platform testing and development. This was complemented by a two day ‘Developer Day’ with IBM Research. We prototyped how language search tools could be integrated to help users interact with existing data sets.