• Doing data science for good (Southampton)

    Think data science is fun? Like to help social change organisations in the UK? Meet DataKind! DataKind is a charity that helps social change organisations to use data science for the benefit of the people they serve. We are powered by a volunteer community of pro-bono data scientists, who work with charities on data challenges big and small. Here's the rundown: 630 - 7pm: Doors open, grab a drink 7 - 730pm: Lessons from working with 150 non-profits - DataKind UK Executive Director Giselle Cory 730 - 745pm: What it's like to be a DataKind Data Ambassador to a charity, from one of last year's Ambassadors 745 - 7:50pm: How to get involved, from the University of Southampton, DataKind UK's local partner on DataDives (two-day hack-style events) The meetup is kindly hosted by Snowflake Software. Doors open at 6:30pm Questions? Get in touch at [masked] FInd us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DataKindUK

  • Interdisciplinary alchemy: data science + civil liberties activism (3/3)

    This meetup is the final one in our three-part series, 'Interdisciplinary alchemy', exploring what data scientists can learn from delving into other disciplines. This time, we're turning the spotlight on civil liberties activists. As technology continues to permeate more and more aspects of our lives, data is increasingly becoming a civil rights issue. We’re asking how data scientists and activists can work together to design innovative tech solutions that don't compromise our civil liberties. Bringing years of experience along with some fresh ideas to help us consider this question, we have a panel of speakers from the world of civil liberties activism, including: Hannah Couchman - Policy and Campaigns Officer at Liberty Frederike Kaltheuner - Data Programme Lead at Privacy International Griff Ferris - Legal & Policy Officer at Big Brother Watch Cori Crider - US lawyer & counterterrorism, tech ethics and human rights expert 6.30pm: Doors open and sign-in 7pm: Welcome from host 7.10pm: 'What can the worlds of data science and civil liberties activism learn from working together? - panel discussion 7.45pm: Questions to the panel 8.30pm: Drinks and a chance to chat 9pm: Finish This meetup is kindly hosted by Newspeak House. https://www.nwspk.com/

  • Interdisciplinary alchemy: data science + human centred design (2/3)

    This meetup is the second in our three-part series, 'Interdisciplinary alchemy', exploring what data scientists can learn from delving into other disciplines. This time, we're turning the spotlight on human centred designers. Human centred design is a design framework which focuses on the end user in order to find, test and adapt the best solutions to fit their needs. We’re asking how data scientists can apply the concepts of HCD in order to make their work more empathetic, more considered, and better suited to solving real world problems. The session will be chaired by Emma Prest, executive director of DataKind UK, and is organised in partnership with Tableau. Bringing their years of experience along with some fresh ideas to help us consider this question, we have a panel of speakers from the world of human centred design, including: Aly Blenkin - Product Designer and Pivotal Act co-lead at Pivotal With a background in Industrial Design, Systems Thinking and Service Design, Aly is passionate about technology that addresses social and environmental issues. Anne Dhir - Project Director, Snook (service design agency) Anne has a wide range of interests - from creating bridges between service designer and data practitioners, to supporting the mental health of design teams, and focusing on delivery and impact. Johannes Schleith - UX Lead at Thomson Reuters Labs Applying a user-centred approach to data-driven innovation at TR Labs, Johannes believes good design should enable collaborative reasoning and keep humans in-the-loop. María Izquierdo - Designer at Projects by If With a background in service design in data infrastructure at GDS, María is interested in designing services that people can understand and use. She is a designer at Projects by If, a technology studio that specialises in ethical and practical uses of data. Cat Drew - Director at Uscreates, part of the Futuregov family Cat is a pioneer of data science within human centred design, and developed the first data ethics framework for government while at GDS, as well as writing about how service design can make data projects more ethical. 6.30pm: Doors open and sign-in 7pm: Welcome from host 7.10pm: 'What can the worlds of data science and human centred design learn from working together? - brief talk from each speaker 7.45pm: Questions to the panel 8.30pm: Drinks, networking 9pm: Finish This meetup is kindly sponsored by our hosts, Tableau. https://www.tableau.com/

  • Interdisciplinary Alchemy: Data Science + Social Science (1/3)

    This meetup is the first in a three-part series exploring what data scientists can learn from partnering with other disciplines. This time, we're turning the spotlight on social scientists and asking: What can data scientists learn from social scientists? Social scientists are known for being meticulous in ensuring their work is rigorously robust and ethical. They have agreed methodologies for conducting research and established best practices in place. They have grappled with ethical challenges, and that was all before the concept of data science was even born. Whether you're a current or aspiring data scientist, social scientist, or you are just interested to find out more about how different disciplines can learn from each other to better tackle social problems - come along! The session will be chaired by Fran Bennett, CEO of Mastodon C and trustee of DataKind UK. It's organised in collaboration with Sage Publishing and UCL. Bringing years worth of research and some fresh ideas to help us consider this question, we have a panel of speakers from the world of social sciences, including: Christian Arnold - School of Law & Politics, Cardiff University Christian’s research focuses on institutions in governance. He uses natural language processing (NLP), drawing from classic statistical approaches, and also machine learning to aid his research. James Allen-Robertson - Department of Sociology, University of Essex James is a digital sociologist interested in the relationship between humans and technology, digital cultures, and in the development of new digital methods using data science. Lorien Jasny - College of Social Sciences & International Studies, University of Exeter Lorien is a computational social scientist focused on questions of public involvement in environmental decision making. She studies how we bring about societal change, often involving large, dynamic, and relational data sets. Iulia Cioroianu - Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath Iulia’s previous work includes Understanding News Bias (UNBias) and developing algorithms for measuring topic-specific ideological positions in news articles. Reka Solymosi - School of Law, University of Manchester Reka is a lecturer in quantitative methods focused on making use of new forms of data to gain insight into people's behaviour and subjective experiences, particularly focusing on crime, transport, and spatial research. 6.30pm: Doors open and sign-in 7pm: 'What can the worlds of data science and social science learn from working together? - brief talk from each speaker 7.45pm: Questions to the panel 8.30pm: Post meetup drinks at the Marquis Cornwallis After the meetup we'll be carrying on the conversation at the Marquis Cornwallis pub, a 4 minute walk from the venue. Please join us for drinks and informal networking - we've a small bar tab so arrive promptly! :) https://www.themarquiscornwalliswc1.co.uk/ Huge thanks to Sage Publishing for their kind sponsorship of this event. https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur

  • Chatbots: hot or not?

    Entrepreneur First

    For our October DataKind meetup, we’re talking all things chatbot. You may have an Alexa at home, or manage your bank account via online chat, but what about the potential for chatbots to do good? We’re talking to an exciting panel of guests who are all using chatbot technology to create positive change. As well as hearing about the highs and lows of their chatbot journeys, we’ll be delving into the ethical dilemmas thrown up by artificially intelligent assistants... You might be a tech-head who's keen to learn how your skills could make a difference, a charity-bod who wants to know how to harness tech for a good cause, or just curious about where the weird and wonderful world of artificial intelligence will lead us - come along and get your questions answered! We'll be joined by: Rob Stanley - Wefarm, the world’s largest farmer-to-farmer, knowledge-sharing digital network Ned Mortimer - Ally, a social enterprise helping housing associations, councils and charities to support vulnerable residents Johanna Herman - CHAYN, a volunteer-led programme supporting survivors of gender-based violence Sophie Hebdidge - Project Kitchen Table, who are helping young people to express themselves and improve their mental resilience Kirsten Naude - The Children’s Society, working with vulnerable children and young people, and lobbying for policies to keep them safe Schedule: 6.30pm - Arrive and sign in 7pm - Talks from guest speakers 7.45pm - Questions to the panel 8.30pm - Drinks and networking 9.15pm - Finish This meetup is kindly hosted by Entrepreneur First  -  investing in the world’s most ambitious individuals to build companies from scratch. EF funds the world’s top technical individuals to meet and build world-changing startups in London, Singapore, Berlin, Hong Kong and Paris. https://www.joinef.com/

  • Uncovering patterns of corporate control

    Yoti, Fountain House

    We’re back! It’s our first meetup in a little while, but boy, do we have a treat for you. Hot off the press is our recently wrapped up DataCorps project with Global Witness... How many companies did you control as a toddler? Stupid question, right? Yet according to UK public data, there are over 4,000 people under the age of two listed as beneficial owners of corporations - with one still yet to be born. This was just one of the findings revealed when DataKind UK and Global Witness teamed up to tackle the largest ever analysis of UK beneficial ownership company data. Global Witness is an NGO working to confront corruption and the systems that enable it, including anonymous shell companies - often used to launder money and cover up corruption, fraud and tax evasion. Over seven months, a team of four pro bono data scientists helped Global Witness to produce the world’s first network graph mapping all UK public data on those who control corporate interests in the UK, with more than 4.5 million companies and 4 million individual people represented. Come along to our meetup on 26th June to hear more about our data discoveries, and what Global Witness plan to do next... Meetup schedule: 6.30pm Doors open and registration 7pm Talks from the DataKind UK and Global Witness DataCorps team 8pm Questions from the audience 8.30pm Have a beer and a chat! 9.15pm Finish This meetup is kindly hosted by Yoti, a TechforGood certified B Corp company on a mission to become the world’s trusted identity platform. With Yoti, you have full control of your data. Once your personal details have been verified by Yoti, only you can see them, and your details will never be mined or sold. https://www.yoti.com/ Global Witness are campaigning to end environmental and human rights abuses driven by the exploitation of natural resources and corruption in the global political and economic system. They envisage a better world - one where corruption is challenged and accountability prevails, all can thrive within the planet’s boundaries, and governments act in the public interest. https://www.globalwitness.org/

  • DataWine Tasting and Fundraiser


    Like data? Love wine? Tickets are available now at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/datawine-tickets-42789093330 for the first ever DataWine fundraiser. Your ticket includes wine tasting and snacks, and all proceeds from the evening will go to fund a DataDive project with a cancer charity to be held later in the year. The evening will be led by one of DataKind UK's Chapter Leaders, Michelle Lee, a certified French wine scholar, accredited by the Wine Scholar Guild with support from the French Ministry of Agriculture. Lucky for us, she is just as devoted to wine as she is to data. You will enjoy a guided tasting session, wine themed games, as well as the chance to pit yourself against the tasting model. If you can't make it, but still would like to donate, you can do so on Michelle's fundraising page at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=CancerDatathon2018&pageUrl=3 • What to bring An interest in wine and an analytical approach to tasting! • Important to know To attend, you'll need to purchase a ticket at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/datawine-tickets-42789093330 RSVPing on Meetup only doesn't guarantee entry.

  • DataDiving with the Office for National Statistics

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    DataKind UK held their first Welsh DataDive at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on May 20th–21st. We were thrilled to be able to partner with the ONS, the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics. At the DataDive we worked with two fantastic charities: Llamau, Wales’ leading homeless charity and SafeLives, a national charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse. 40 data analysts spent two days exploring who is at high risk of domestic abuse and which homelessness interventions work best. To hear what we found out, come along to this meetup, kindly sponsored by SAS (https://www.sas.com/en_gb/home.html). Agenda 6:30pm: Doors open 7pm: Introduction to DataKind 7:10pm: Presentation on DataDive findings 7:50pm: Questions from the floor 8pm: Networking

  • Creating unbiased algorithms in a biased society

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    Robot Rules by Elodie and Dylan McCargow (courtesy of @robmccargow (https://twitter.com/robmccargow)) There was a time when decision making was done by the stars. Now, with the technology available to us, we are pushing the boundaries of what can and should be decided by machines. It is accepted that people in public office and positions of power have the ability to make reasonable decisions. But, it is also understood that they will have certain cognitive biases. Some think that machines and the results they produce are neutral, but we all know that is not the case. The people building algorithms also have biases which can be encoded into these tools. What can be done to help ensure our biases are not passed on to automate decisions that have a real, tangible impact on people's lives? In partnership with ASI Data Science this panel of data scientists and academics will discuss if, and how, we can build unbiased algorithms in a society full of biases. Chair Susan Morgan - Senior Program Officer, Open Society Foundation Panelists Duncan Ross - Data Director, TES Global Seeta Peña Gangadharan - Assistant Professor, LSE Micheal Veale - PhD candiate, UCL Michelle Lee - Risk Analytics Senior Consultant, Deloitte UK Nick Robinson - Machine learning scientist, ASI Data Science

  • Data as art with Marcin Ignac and Stefanie Posavec

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    Note: please RSVP through meetup.com and AND register at SkillsMatter (https://skillsmatter.com/meetups/8859-data-visual-meetup) to speed things up at the door. Want to know more about generative data design or perhaps what it looks like to draw your life in data? Marcin Ignac and Stefanie Posavec have both tackled this, but with very different styles. DataKind UK are lucky to be teaming up with data+visual to bring you two fantastic speakers. data+visual (https://www.meetup.com/data-visual-London/) brings together people interested, involved and passionate about data visualisation. 6:30 - 6:45 arrive & socialise 6:45 - 7:00 Eric Hannell 7:00 - 7:30 Marcin Ignac 7:30 - 8:00 Stefanie Posavec 8:00 -> drinks + socialising at CodeNode bar Marcin Ignac (https://twitter.com/marcinignac) speciali​s​es in data visuali​s​ation and computational design. He finds beauty and inspiration in structures of biological organisms, in patterns emerging from data and computer algorithms. He believes in applying these concepts to shape our understanding of technology mediated creativity. In 2012 Marcin combined his background in Computer Science, New Media Art and Interaction Design to start ​his studio practice ​Variable (http://variable.io/)​​ and fulfil this vision​.​ At Variable he works with brands, research groups and organisations on new ways of experiencing data and understanding complex systems. Stefanie Posavec (https://twitter.com/stefpos) worked as a book cover designer but eventually went freelance to focus on data-related design, with work ranging from data visualisation and information design to commissioned data art for a variety of clients. Her personal work focuses on the visual representation of data gathered from language, literature, or science. Most recently her designs from award winning book 'Dear Data (http://www.dear-data.com/)' have been acquired by MoMA as part of their permanent collection.