One of Bolesian’s goals is to have a significant positive impact on society and the environment in general through its business operations and activities. We are convinced that artificial intelligence has an essential role in forwarding sustainable development. Of course – let’s not be hypocrites – we like to make a few bucks along the way just like any other company. But why not use our AI expertise to make this world a better place at the same time? So we strongly support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Based on shared values and interests we connect and support people and organizations who want to achieve valuable results that last, explore possibilities and lead development. In their decision making, the leadership of Bolesian will also take into account the social, economic, legal or other consequences of the Bolesian’s business operations in relation to (i) the employees, subsidiaries and suppliers (ii) the interests of the company’s customers and its subsidiaries, (iii) the communities and societies in which the company, its subsidiaries and suppliers conduct their business, (iv) the local and global environment and (v) the company’s short and long-term interests.
With our ‘AI 4 Good’ initiatives we focus on:
Here you will find some examples of our ‘AI 4 Good’ initiatives.
The Trans-African Hydro Meteorological Observatory, or TAHMO for short, is expanding the network of meteorological monitoring stations in the African continent. The increasing number of monitoring stations is causing an increase in weather data. Despite this increase, there is no way to view these developments in an insightful way.
Mats van der Burg studies Applied Geo-information Science at HAS University of Applied Sciences. During an internship at Bolesian, Mats got his teeth into a challenging AI4Good assignment: developing an accessible application that shows the monthly precipitation per measuring station on the basis of an interactive map. This will make it possible to show current developments in the field of precipitation in a transparent manner by means of automated data processing. This improves the amount of knowledge available to local African farmers about the weather.
In March 2020 we have launched the initiative ‘Zo voel ik mij’ (That’s how I feel). Our team is doing this because everyone is currently overloaded with news, facts, opinions and – not to forget – a lot of nonsense about everything that has to do with corona.
That is not helpful and it certainly does not really make you any wiser … What we really want to know is how the people in our vicinity are doing. Not only if something is wrong, but also that they are just healthy and they are doing well. This is literally mapped out by the Bolesian team with service Zovoelikmij.nl. Make a positive impact based on people’s real feelings. That’s what this initiative is all about! Join in too! Go to zovoelikmij.nl, check in every day and tell how you are doing! We do that as well.
Bolesian is a partner of W4RA, the Web-alliance for Regreening in Africa. With Bolesian’s expertise in artificial intelligence we contribute to the W4RA’s mission to support farmer-managed regreening activities specifically by enhancing information, communication and knowledge sharing for rural development.
W4RA is an interdisciplinary network collaboration of scientists and professionals in information and computer sciences, informatics, software development, organization, business, and communication. It is hosted as an R&D and education program at the Network Institute of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Since its inception in 2009, W4RA has been inspired by the African Regreening Initiatives.
TREE AID helps people in the drylands of Africa to lift themselves out of poverty and protect their environment. People here live in some of the toughest conditions on earth and trees are essential to their survival. Trees provide nutrition, generate income and help to create a healthy environment. TREE AID helps local African communities to plant and protect trees so they can improve their environment and enable economical growth, for now and for future generations.
For TREE AID student Jan Drabek has developed an AI application to analyze satellite images. Every 8 days satellite images are analyzed to detect deforestation. The app enables analysts to automatically count trees within a polygon area. If anomalies are detected, TREE AID can take action.
Art makes the world a better and more beautiful place to live in. Art challenges the imagination of what is possible. Art encourages to be creative and come up with solutions that lay beyond the known boundaries. Creativity is what we need to solve the major current issues existing today. That is why Bolesian supports the Metropole Orchestra, the world’s leading pop & jazz orchestra. It is also the largest pop & jazz orchestra in the world. By the craftsmanship of its musicians The Metropole Orchestra excels in improvisation and adaptation.
Together with our business partner 2 Cool Monkeys we support the Metropole Orchestra by providing expertise in the field of app development, knowledge based solutions and AI.