Last week, aWhere’s CTO, Stewart Collis, and Director of Customer Resource Center, Randy Jeske, traveled to Senegal to run a workshop educating students on incorporating the aWhere Platform into project proposals.
This is part of Colorado State University's Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research for Adapting Livestock Systems to Climate Change. This particular workshop was in Thies (pronounced “Chez”), Senegal - which is an hour east of Dakar.
The trip got off to a rocky start with flight cancellations and re-bookings due to the “Polar Vortex”, however the team was able to adjust the workshop a couple of days. aWhere trained approximately 15 people consisting of students, PhD’s and researchers. The project is designed to fund these students to develop proposals related to climate change risk and variability mitigation for livestock.
The aWhere Platform is a perfect fit for their needs and these teams absolutely need both weather analyses capabilities and data management tools to manage their project data. Stewart provided a general overview of company goals and platform, while Randy did a training session on the Weather module. Between these sessions, they both worked with individual students and scientists to collect requirements for the project going forward.
Randy Jeske training students on aWhere's Weather Module
One of the students representing the group summed their experiences by saying that “their expectations for the workshop were far exceeded by aWhere’s training and tools. They are extremely happy to have learned about the aWhere platform not only for this project but for future work they will be doing in their professional careers.”
aWhere will be returning to Africa in June to conduct another set of trainings for this project.
Stewart Collis and Randy Jeske at the westernmost point of Africa