Open-source weather technology company Telokanda will use the Telos blockchain to launch a decentralized network of weather balloons to collect and share weather data in West Africa. Telokanda represents a network of blockchain enthusiasts from all around the world who are collaboratively building innovative projects using blockchains. While Telokanda's weather balloons work to collect data in West Africa, the Telos blockchain provides public transparency, allowing anyone to use and access the information collected. The high-altitude weather balloons, launched by decentralized network of citizens across several West African countries, will carry lightweight sensor-equipped devices called radiosondes into the air while transmitting atmospheric data back home using GPS and a radio antenna — including pressure, temperature and wind speed. The goal of the project is to improve climate research, hurricane tracking, and local weather forecasting. The project hopes to motivate citizens to participate in weather data collection by developing a method of sending digital currency instantly to people who launch their weather balloons. Once a weather balloon transmits data to the blockchain, a smart contract will trigger payments in Telos (TLOS) ($4 million market cap) to a digital wallets. Each reward of about $15 can be converted to local fiat currencies such as the Nigerian Naira or Ghanaian Cedis using Sesacash. The team at Telokanda has partnered with the University of Uyo and Rivers State University in Nigeria, as well as Academic City in Ghana, to launch one balloon per week, scaling up to daily launches by 2021. Their goal is to help prevent billions of dollars in weather damage each year, while creating income for local citizens.