Despite his limited experience in GIS, Nathaniel proved to be a fast learner. Combining his entrepreneurial mindset and past experience, he brought a personal angle to his analysis: “Nathaniel’s idea was very user-centred, with small business owners at the core of his concept. It was great to see this approach to the work,” explains Alina Game.
“Throughout the process, I feel that Nathaniel has grown in confidence in his use of geospatial analysis to support decision making. His idea of designing a web platform to enable people to interact with the analysis could be a really useful tool. Such analysis would empower the millions of business-owners across Nigeria by removing the technical barriers,” details Michael Harper.
While the primary aim of the Data Challenge was to empower young data scientists to integrate geospatial data into their work, the collaboration proved to be beneficial not only from a GIS perspective.
“Having a good team will help a lot in pushing a project forward. One of the valuable things I’ve learned while working on the concept note with GRID3 colleagues is that project ideas might be ambiguous in many occasions, it’s best to approach the problems in modules and get a minimum viable product. I learned how to write a concept note and how to make good research. Working with GRID3 data was the spice to the idea,” comments Nathaniel. “Working with GRID3 and Data Science Nigeria has been a wonderful experience and I really do appreciate the effort, the ideas and lessons I got from this partnership. Working with them has been a privilege to me,” he adds.
Encouraging and supporting young data scientists in trying new methods and applying new data types was an objective the GRID3-DSN collaboration achieved:
“Nathaniel has a passion to learn and apply skills he has developed in solving real world problems. Empowering him with geospatial knowledge will further energise him to explore many other areas. His idea has a lot of potential and could support startups in scaling up to different towns and cities,” summarises Wole Ademola.