UNICEF Innovation is building Magic Box, a real-time digital platform which is used to analyze moments of global crisis and exogenous shocks. It is a system that catalogues amongst other factors, temperature, terrain, and population data, which helps track movements of people and potential risk areas.
Magic Box is comprised of both public and private data. Public data includes weather, maps, and population and socio-economic data, and some epidemiological data. Private data includes mobility and behaviours at aggregate levels.
Currently, Magic Box processes data from different sources in order to forecast the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola and Zika, but future versions might be used to contribute to work around climate change or urbanization, and not necessarily purely for acute emergencies.