On March 3rd and 4th, the Centre for AI/ML at MDI Gurgaon hosted a ground-breaking Open Data Day event featuring a hands-on “NoCode-LowCode GeoAI Workshop for Sustainable Climate Action.” This immersive offline event brought together over 50 enthusiasts from various backgrounds to explore the potential of AI/ML tools in driving meaningful change.

The workshop kicked off with an introduction to the concepts of NoCode/LowCode tools for analysis and visualization. Participants then dove into the world of Python programming using Google Colab, learning the basics and mastering data fetching techniques. They discovered how to harness the power of APIs, such as climate data APIs like OpenWeatherMap and yahoo finance api, to gather real-world insights related to climate action and climate finance.

Next, attendees learned how to clean and wrangle data. They gained hands-on experience in fixing data types, removing inconsistencies, and shaping data for visualization. This prepared them for the exciting world of data visualization.

In the final hour, participants brought their data to life through captivating visualizations. They learned how to create basic charts, graphs, and interactive dashboards that tell compelling stories about climate action. Advanced techniques like calculated fields and storytelling with data were also covered.

Throughout the workshop, attendees had the opportunity to apply their newfound skills to real-world examples related to climate action. They explored GeoAI analysis and combined it with environmental data to uncover actionable insights.

The event concluded with a discussion on best practices for sharing the code and/or visualizations to inspire change. MDI Gurgaon’s Open Data Day event showcased the transformative potential of NoCode-LowCode GeoAI tools in driving sustainable climate action. By equipping individuals with these skills, we can unlock the power of data and visualization to create a greener, more resilient future for all. The event was made possible by a generous grant from Jokkolabs Banjul, Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN), Open Knowledge Germany, Datopian and Link Digital.

About Open Data Day

Open Data Day (ODD) is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. Groups from many countries create local events on the day where they will use open data in their communities.

As a way to increase the representation of different cultures, since 2023 we offer the opportunity for organisations to host an Open Data Day event on the best date within a one-week period. In 2024, a total of 287 events happened all over the world between March 2nd-8th, in 60+ countries using 15 different languages.

All outputs are open for everyone to use and re-use.

In 2024, Open Data Day was also a part of the HOT OpenSummit ’23-24 initiative, a creative programme of global event collaborations that leverages experience, passion and connection to drive strong networks and collective action across the humanitarian open mapping movement

For more information, you can reach out to the Open Knowledge Foundation team by emailing opendataday@okfn.org. You can also join the Open Data Day Google Group to ask for advice or share tips and get connected with others.