Global Nominee

Icelaska received a Global Nomination.


To develop app that enables these hunters to make scientifically informed decisions that reduce their vulnerability to environmental hazards. This tool will:

  • Create a local record of climate change;
  • Draw attention to problems in the community related to climate change;
  • Increase cross-cultural communication among scientists and the community; and
  • Support efforts of language revitalization and transfer of intergenerational knowledge.

Icelaska is a cross-platform mobile app built by Vishnu Ravi and Jaya Kasa for Alaskan ice hunters to get access to information about weather, ocean currents, sea ice temperatures, and safe paths to take while hunting. The app is controlled using gestures so that the hunters do not need to remove their gloves and risk frostbite.

Hunters can easily log information about hazards in the terrain such as pressure ridges and cracks, which are then shared with other users and can also serve as a local record of climate change. The app also logs the hunter's position as they are trekking across the ice and records paths that are known to be safe.

We have built the app to have a minimal user interface and minimize the amount of interaction that the hunter needs to have with the device, so as to limit distractions from the treacherous terrain. Keeping in mind that a data connection will not always be available, our app preloads and stores data locally, updating when possible.

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