IGF 2020 OF #43 Fostering ICT to mitigate the aftermath of human tragedy

Friday, 6th November, 2020 (18:20 UTC) - Friday, 6th November, 2020 (19:20 UTC)
Room 2
About this Session
Report on the initiative by CGI.br on fostering ICT to mitigate the aftermath of human tragedy.

Panel - Auditorium - 60 Min


Entrepreneurship education fosters innovative talents, which are an essential driving force for future development. The practice of entrepreneurship benefits students and learners from different social and economic backgrounds because it teaches people to cultivate unique skills and think outside the box.

To foster the entrepreneurship culture among Brazilian college students, the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br, acronym in Portuguese), along with the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations, and Communications (MCTIC, acronym in Portuguese) launched a national training program named "Entrepreneurism with Web Technologies for Brumadinho." This program targets not only college students but also the inhabitants of Brumadinho (Minas Gerais, Brazil). In this city, a Vale's dam released a mudflow on 25 January 2019, killing 270 people as a result of the collapse.

The disaster had dire consequences to the environment since the dam failure released millions of cubic meters of tailings, which were incorporated into the river's soil. Moreover, to this date, Brumadinho faces economic sustainability challenges since many agricultural areas were affected or destroyed. Furthermore, the local market, as well the tourism, were impacted due to the damages. Thus, the overall goal of this program is not only to foster entrepreneurship but also to mitigate the aftermath of human tragedies, especially concerning Brumadinho.

After releasing a national public call for projects, we received 26 innovative project proposals. Ten reviewers from different backgrounds reviewed the project proposals and selected the best five. At the time of this writing, no project has kicked off. We briefly present the proposals in the following.

1) Brumadinho Open Data Lake & Analytics. The goal of this project is to create a technological framework that collects data from different authoritative sources such as the ones from Brazilian government agencies, gathers them in a single repository, and makes them publicly available for analysis. The solution architecture is based on the Live Exploration and Mining Of Non-trivial Amount of Data from Everywhere (LEMONADE) technology.

2) BrumadinhoCoin: An Environmental Supportive Coin. The goal of this project is to develop a virtual coin, employing Blockchain infrastructure, and an interactive app so that the population can collaborate with the monitoring of Brumadinho ecosystems.

3) The SuperAÇÃO Coletiva platform. This project's goal is to collect innovative project ideas from the women of Brumadinho, easing the fundraising process for executing such ideas. The platform should be shared among multiple stakeholders, including universities, public and private companies, and NFOs.

4) Alerta Brumadinho. A Technological Complaints Solution Against Environmental Crimes. This project's goal is to strengthen the local environmental monitoring communities. For this, a platform will be developed for environmental crime complaints. Its users will be able to file complaints, monitor them, and receive feedback.

5) Real-time Monitoring Systems of River's Water Quality. The goal of this project is to develop a low-cost prototype of a water quality monitoring station using Arduino/ESP. The station will monitor rivers' water quality and send the collected data through HTTP or MQTT for a geographical information system for analysis.

In the session, we intend to present the projects, discuss, and collect ideas on how the students can proceed.


Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGI.br)


Jefferson de Oliveira Silva - Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC.br)

Marcos Cesar de Oliveira Pinto, Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship policies

Onsite Moderator

Vagner Diniz (NIC.br)

Online Moderator

Beatriz Matos (NIC.br)


Beatriz Corrales (NIC.br)


GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-Being
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 13: Climate Action