Data Scientists in the World of International Development

If data is a language of common understanding, then data science might be the perfect tool to tackle problems that cross international borders. At this month’s Meetup we’ll be talking with some fantastic data scientists who have found innovative approaches to using data science to tackle the world’s most pressing social issues. One thing to keep in mind when finding a data-driven solution for a global problem: the first approach is rarely the best…

Our Speakers

// Sara-Jayne Terp

Sara is a development and crisis data nerd with a background in unmanned vehicles, situation awareness and transport data systems; at the moment, she's building an election violence data collection and visualisation system for Ushahidi, having just finished working on a cellphone-based field data system for them, teaching ICT for development and social change at Columbia SIPA and working on improving sensor journalism. In her spare time, she tries to improve crisis data management and dissemination techniques through various crisismapping groups including Open Crisis. Sara's cat, Emily, writes I Can Haz Data Science, but has been a little too busy chasing squirrels lately to complete it.

// Kamalesh Rao


Kamalesh is a DataCorps Analyst who has been volunteering his time over the past few months to help NexLeaf, a non-profit that builds sensors used in the transport of vaccines to developing areas. 

Kamalesh is a North Carolina native who moved to New York City during the second term of Grover Cleveland.  He entered the family trade because he was not cool, talented or brave enough to attempt a career in something interesting or worthwhile like dance, parkour or accounting. He really likes to write about himself in third person.

Our Sponsor


• Culture Shock

• NYU Poly

Special Thanks 

We're a proud participant in Pro Bono Week in NYC, October 20-26, 2013. Thanks to all the members of the DataKind community who donate their time and talent to help socially-minded organizations use data in the service of humanity.

And thanks to our October Meetup volunteers:
Sasha, Sam, Friederike, Tristan, Katya, Ming-Yi, and Andrea

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  • Zac P.

    Predictive analytics professional with an interest in anything to do with data.

    October 20, 2013

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