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DataDive! A weekend of data science for social impact

Data scientists, unite - the time is now! We gather on August 12-14 at Microsoft Reactor for a DataDive, a weekend of working with data to improve the world.

At a DataDive, volunteers meet over the course of a weekend to tackle data projects from mission-driven organizations. We assemble in teams of 15-20 data scientists, hacking in the name of good.

Want to join us? We are looking for volunteers at all levels and across all skill sets. Complete our survey (http://goo.gl/forms/4cjYxs5pUQdi8UjC3) to introduce yourself and let us know what you are interested in. We'll help find the best project team for you.

We’ll kick off Friday night with dinner and project introductions, work all day (and into the night) on Saturday, then wrap up by Sunday afternoon. We hope that everyone will be able to attend all three days!


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Our projects for this DataDive include:


*United Way Bay Area*: UWBA works with low-income families to help them achieve their financial goals. We'll be digging into their program data to uncover which programs lead to successful outcomes. (www.uwba.org)


*Health Consumer Alliance*: HCA helps people who are struggling to get or maintain health coverage. We'll be working to understand their user base, uncover patterns in the outcomes they see, and dig into the impact they're having. (http://healthconsumer.org/)


*Conservation International*: CI uses science, policy and partnerships to safeguard the environment, sustain economies and help promote a stable climate. We'll be prototyping analytical tools for their partner scientists to make sense of large-scale image data. (http://www.conservation.org/)


*Wage Theft Coalition*: The Wage Theft Coalition works with the US Department of Labor to address unlawful practices such as paying workers less than minimum wage, failing to pay overtime, forcing workers to work off the clock, issuing paychecks that bounce, stealing tips, denying legally required meal and rest breaks, misclassifying workers as independent contractors, and not paying workers at all. We'll be working with government data to understand when, where and why wage theft happens -- and how we can prevent it. (https://wagetheftcoalition.com/)


*Santa Clara County Department of Housing and Urban Development*: SCC HUD provides a wide range of services and programs for those affected by homelessness. We'll be investigating almost a decade of their program data to learn about what their program is accomplishing and how they can improve outcomes for the people they help.  (https://www.sccgov.org/sites/oah/Pages/Office-of-Affordable-Housing.aspx )


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Join us August 12-14: you bring the laptop; we’ll bring the data, the pizza, and the inspiration! Remember to tell us about yourself before the event: http://goo.gl/forms/4cjYxs5pUQdi8UjC3.


This weekend's event is sponsored by AT&T:


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  • Raul M.

    Will we only have to leave only for going back home to sleep? Also, is there a follow up email on what team(s) we join?

    August 11

    • Abhishek

      You can select a team on Friday after the project introduction.

      August 11

  • Andrew C.

    Anyone knows where to find parking spot around the office?

    August 11

  • Jesika H.

    When/ how do we find out if we've gotten off the waitlist?

    August 4

    • DataKind SF Bay A.

      Hi Jesika, unfortunately we can't let people off the waitlist unless people currently on the list change their RSVP to "no". We'll be sending out reminders this week for people to update their RSVPs, so stay tuned and good luck!

      August 8

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