蘋果專欄:這支臺灣隊伍 連紐西蘭都說讚

:house_with_garden: 本月中旬,我應邀出席今年「總統盃黑客松」十強隊伍之一「國土智慧巡守隊」,與紐西蘭 Lightning Lab 合作舉辦的成果發表會,了解「國土智慧巡守隊」如何在短短一個星期內,在 Lightning Lab 兩位資深顧問(Mentor)的協助下,詳細檢視並補強「水盒子(Water Box)」這項創新的應用情境,與可能的商業模式。

:new_zealand: 在場,還有紐西蘭商工辦事處的代表。無論是兩位經驗豐富的顧問,還是紐國的資深外交官,對於「國土智慧巡守隊」展現出的成果,都給予極高評價。

:ear_of_rice: 「國土智慧巡守隊」的成員,來自國立臺北科技大學、騰茂科技有限公司、宸暘環境技師事務所、和碩聯合科技公司、德國 Ge-Komm 公司與臺灣 ECOCEO 開放社群。他們延續國際知名的公民科技成功案例「空氣盒子」的概念與作法,打造出成本合理,而且可以廣泛部署的「水盒子」。未來,透過「水盒子」自動搜集水質、水量與水文環境的變化週期等數據,希望加強針對各種污染源的預測、防範與管控,進而降低對農業用水的負面影響。

:100: 無獨有偶,近期國內還有另一個與水有關的重要創新,那就是「山河事件簿」獲得「第二屆民生公共物聯網資料應用競賽」的百萬獎金。

:national_park: 「山河事件簿」秉持開源、自造的精神,彙整民生公共物聯網的水理、氣候與水文等開放資料,透過視覺圖示呈現全臺各地的水象動態,讓關心水位變化的民眾,可以查詢各地區的雨量、水位、潮位與抽水站運作狀態,更搭配衛星資料等其他資訊來源,進行初步分析,有助掌握淹水事件的情況與成因。

:trophy: 無論是「總統盃黑客松」,還是「民生公共物聯網資料應用競賽」,都讓我們發現:高手在民間。我認為,政府資源有限、民間力量無窮,透過公民協力的資料治理夥伴關係,解決具體社會問題、促進全球永續發展,本身就是一項極為可貴的創新,值得國人大聲說讚。

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Even New Zealand is full of praises about this Taiwanese team

:house_with_garden: In the middle of this month, I was invited to a presentation conducted jointly by the “Water Box” team, one of the top 10 teams in this year’s Presidential Hackathon, and New Zealand’s Lightning Lab to learn how they have managed in just one week to review and reinforce the innovative application scenario of Water Box and its possible business models with the assistance of two mentors from New Zealand.

:new_zealand: The presentation was also attended by representatives from the New Zealand Commercial and Industrial Office. The mentors and senior diplomats were extravagant in their praises of the achievement of the Water Box team.

:ear_of_rice: Members of the Water Box team come from the National Taipei University of Science and Technology, Teng-Mao Tech Corporation, Chen Yang Environmental Technologist Office, Pegatrono Corporation, Germany’s Ge-Komm Corporation and Taiwan’s ECOCEO Open Community. They have extrapolated the concept and practice of the internationally renowned successful citizen technology program “Air Box” to create a reasonably cost and widely deployable Water Box. In the future, the Water Box will automatically collect data such as water quality, water volume and the changing cycle of the hydrological environment. Hopefully, this device will strengthen the prediction, prevention and management of different pollution sources and reduce the negative impact on agricultural water use.

:100: Furthermore, there is another important water-related innovation in Taiwan: “Mountain River Event Book”, the recent winner of NTD 1 million prize from the Civil IoT Data Application Competition.

:national_park: The Mountain and River Event Book adheres to the spirit of open source and self-creation. It integrates open data such as hydrology, climate and hydrology in the Civil IoT network. Using visualization to display the dynamics of water status across Taiwan, it allows anyone in the community who cares about changes in water levels to query the rainfall, water level, tidal level and pumping station operational status in various regions, and use satellite information and other information sources to carry out preliminary analysis in order to understand the circumstances and causes of flooding events.

:earth_asia: Whether it is in the Presidential Hackathon or the Civil IoT Data Application Competition, I believe we have found many experts in the community. Government resources are limited, while civil power is limitless. Solving specific social problems and promoting global sustainable development through citizen-cooperative data governance partnerships is a precious innovation in itself and deserves to be praised by the people of Taiwan.