Big Data, Big Change

Come hear DataCorps Ambassadors and Non-Profit Leaders share their stories and learnings from our most recent slate of data projects.

Kush Varshney and Brian Abelson will talk about the algorithm they created that will allow GiveDirectly to identify the poorest villages in Kenya in which to deploy their new programs, by distinguishing types of roofs using aerial images culled from Google Maps.

Chris Tynan, Alex Vaughn and Tushar will share their analysis from the survey data of thousands of alumni of The Mission Continues' programs to understand which demographic factors and other signals might indicate that a soldier would succeed in the program and make an easier transition to civilian life.

Seth Feaster, Sonali Murarka, Sonia Mehta and Burton DeWilde worked with Thorn's internet data to identify patterns of behavior that they hope to use to empower law enforcement and other NGOs to better fight child sex trafficking.

And Cat Miller and Will High explored new ways for Medic Mobile to measure the impact of their community health programs, including adapting the Lives Saved Tool from Johns Hopkins to help them better plan their programs.

We are also thrilled that Joy Sun of GiveDirectly and Aaron Scheinberg of The Mission Continues will be joining us!

Come celebrate their accomplishments with a toast and treats, and find out how you can get involved in the DataCorps. Sign up to volunteer or learn how your organization can use data science to inform your programs and increase your impact.

Huge thanks to Teradata for their support throughout these projects, the Knight Foundation, and Pivotal Labs for hosting this Meetup. 

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  • Navi

    This is one of the cooolest and most enjoyable meetups I've been to. Left inspired and willing to engage myself a lot more in things that truly matter. Great job Datakind!

    1 · March 31, 2014

    • Julia M.

      Thanks so much Navi. If you haven't already, I hope you'll sign up to volunteer on our site: http://www.datakind.o...­

      April 1, 2014

    • Navi

      Thanks Julia. Sure, I would.

      April 1, 2014

  • alex v.

    So fun. Thanks for letting me participate.

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Abe K.

    Very well done meeting. Very interesting work.

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Brenda K.

    It was awesome. These folks are doing such good work. Presentations were inspiring. The only thing we wished was that their bios were on display somewhere

    April 1, 2014

  • Brenda K.

    But also the whole meet-up was so well organized and coordinated and everything ran so smoothly. Kudos to the organizers

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Richard D.

    Great group of data do-gooders showing the awesome work they've done helping make the world a better place

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • Nitin k.

    It would be great if this presentation is recorded. There are people who have last minute cancellation but really want to learn and benefit a lot from this....
    Also, would be great if slides can be put up... Pl. let us know….

    March 31, 2014

    • Julia M.

      Hi Nitin! We are recording tonight's talks and will share them a few days after the event. You can also follow us on Twitter @datakind and on our blog (http://www.datakind.o...­) for a recap a few days after the Meetup. Sorry we'll miss you tonight!

      March 31, 2014

  • Patrick M.

    Regrettably I'm moving into a new apartment the next day; but for someone else, enjoy my spot!

    1 · March 23, 2014

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