Contamination from unexploded and abandoned weapons continues to kill and maim people, and block access to basic necessities for years, sometimes decades after the last shot is fired in an armed conflict. Determining the exact location of weapon contamination is a difficult task for clearance operators. The potential to use remote sensing and identify innovative solutions in the field of detection and clearance of explosive remnants of war using off-the-shelf technology remains largely unexplored. Improving the understanding of recent technology developments and how those can contribute to enhance humanitarian operations is the focus of this challenge.


Project Team

Ankita Waghmare

Ankita is someone who is passionate to learn the world of stars, planets, galaxies. She is pursuing her master's in Physics from RamniranjanJhunjhunwala college. 'Every problem is born with a solution' is her best quote and hence she loves solving mathematical equations. Ankita loves to learn new and revisit the old. She aims to be a better human with every new learning. She is sure to solve the mysteries of the sky above and help humans on earth, find a better way of life.

Ashis Mittal

Céline Herreyre

Daniel Dobos

Daniel is a particle physicist with a 15 year career at CERN working on silicon and diamond detectors as well as project management, large-scale data acquisition and analysis for the ATLAS experiment and the Large Hadron Collider. Daniel co-funded THE Port humanitarian hackathons at CERN, was program coordinator for the Geneva Global Goals Innovation Day (G3iD) and worked as Foresight & Futures Head for the United Nations hosted Global Humanitarian Lab (GHL).

Harsh Kabra

Kirubanidhi Jebabalan Sundarrajan

Nikolaos Chrysogelos

Patrick Kasiala

Currently Patrick a.k.a. Kasi is employed as an Operations Controller for a Swiss regional airline. With his BSc in Aviation and 3+ years of experience he as broad knowledge in many theoretical and practical aspects of the aviation industry. Besides his primary duty of managing the daily operations of the airline, he is engaged in the technology department of the company. With the help of Javascript, SQL and VBA he is eager to develop efficient and sustainable solutions for the future. When he is not working on his personal application projects you can find him on his bike in the city of Winterthur, in the vicinity of the football pitch in Embrach or (pre-Corona) among enthusiastic party people dancing to and enjoying live music.

Saco Heijboer

Saco is both a thinker and a tinkerer. Designing and making things in which functionality and form come together and complete the whole is his goal. Product development has been his passion and profession for 30 years; he has led projects for train refurbishment, production machinery and measurement equipment, always searching for new ways to solve design problems. Saco’s education covers civil, mechanical and control engineering, sociology, art, photography and graphic design. And he still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up.

Steve Penson

Steve is a Geographer and GIS and data consultant with a background in data engineering, data science and geospatial technologies. Recently moved into the humanitarian sector with prior experience in energy & utilities, mapping agencies, consumer, financial services and central government. Steve has an interest in open data and is a volunteer with MapAction and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. With MapAction Steve has worked with multiple international organisations including the IFRC and UN-OCHA. He is also a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Association of Geographical Information.