What we're about

Data for Good, simply put, is a way for people to contribute to the betterment of society using their expertise in data science. We exist to empower the world’s social change makers by making their data speak to them more clearly, thus allowing them to do what they do best even better.

Vancouver's chapter began in 2017 with co-founders Peter Kim and Peter Lin ("Peter Squared"). The national organization was born in 2013 through the dedication of co-founders Joy Robson and Victor Anjos, Data for Good now has five active chapters across Canada (and still growing!).

At our core, we participate at the intersection of data science and social justice, computer coding and philanthropy, data-informed insights and real world impact.

Our passionate contributors come from diverse professional, cultural, and demographic backgrounds, helping to shape what we do. We exist to empower the world’s social change-makers by making their data speak to them more clearly, thus allowing them to do what they do best, even better.

Data for Good is also a consultancy, helping organizations understand the type of information that can be useful to their mission and how to unlock its value. Our work gives meaning to the numbers and illuminates a path forward through actionable insight.

Upcoming events (1)

Datathon for Retail Action Network

Chinatown House

Calling all Data for Good volunteers: Dust off your laptops, and bring your skills and enthusiasm. Data for Good Vancouver is holding its annual datathon and sign up starts TODAY. Share and spread the word; we hope to see you in February! ▶ WHEN: Saturday, February 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (if you can only make it for a portion of that time, you're still welcome to come) ▶ WHERE: Chinatown House (https://chinatownhouse.ca/services) ▶ WHO: Retail Action Network (https://retailaction.ca/) This year we’ll be helping the Retail Action Network, which supports labour rights and equity in the workplace, by analyzing and visualizing survey data for their annual employer ranking system. You can learn more about this useful resource here: https://retailaction.ca/grade/. They’ll come with specific data-related problems our volunteers can tackle, along with a chance to explore and gather insights on your own. This is an exciting collaboration extending our partnerships outside the Lower Mainland to Victoria, where the Retail Action Network is based. It will also be a chance for our many new members to meet one another and network for the first time, as we’ve grown considerably since our first datathon back in 2018. Food and beverages will be provided courtesy of Chinatown House. For questions or comments please feel free to reach out directly: peter [dot] kim [at] dataforgood.ca Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

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