The Bit City Collective is Uncut Lab’s initiative focused on leveraging cloud computing solutions to solve complex problems in cities of the global South. Through this initiative, Uncut Lab collaborates with data scientists, citizens, universities, professional associations, and nonprofits in Sub-Saharan African, Southeast Asian, and Latin American countries. Our company works with multi-stakeholder groups to create technologies focused on climate change, public health, and urban development.
Overview: This multi-stakeholder pilot maps the built environment, natural assets, and land cover changes in Ghana's coastal cities. Namely, the project focuses on Aflao, Accra, Elmina, Cape Coast, Ada, Sekondi-Takoradi, Winneba, Keta, and Axim.
Approach: The Bit City Collective engages planners, citizens, and scientists in the creation of an online tool that aims to serve as an open-source repository for data that tracks changes in the aforementioned coastal cities. In these cities, both lagoons and coastlines are ravaged by climate change. Intense rains due to climate change, have resulted in sediment washing and erosion, leading to the permanent alteration of natural assets like fisheries. This phase of the project aims to identify and test two use cases where traders, physical planners, scientists, and climatologists collaborate in tracking tidal data, economic data, and changes to land cover. The collaboration will also use protocols based on scientifically agreed-upon methodologies to create a crowd-sourced online repository.