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Data for Good - Calgary

Geoff Z.
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Calgary, AB
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I will be attending the Nov 14th New Tech Meetup to introduce Data for Good - Calgary. In advance, some background information is presented below. Let me know what you think of this initiative and please sign up if you are interested.

The best way to describe it is through the DataKind website ( www.DataKind.org ).

DataKind is active in the US / UK and there is an affiliated Canadian organization (Data for Good) that has started up in Toronto.

My hope is to get a Data for Good group established in Calgary. The link to the Calgary Meetup group and more background information is shown below.

http://www.meetup.com...­

* Who we are *

Data for Good is working in affiliation with DataKind.org for positive social action through "data in the service of humanity". If you are based in Calgary and have a desire to stay at the forefront of technological innovation & positive social change, please join us.

* What we do *

Data for Good, in affiliation with DataKind.org, brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations through a comprehensive, collaborative approach that leads to shared insights, greater understanding, and positive action through "data in the service of humanity". DataKind.org leads a community of pioneering data scientists with the talent, commitment, and energy to open doors & inspire a new way of using the skills and tools of corporations & governments, to meet the needs of the NFP/NGO and social innovation sector.

* How we do it *

By organizing & hosting weekend DataThon events. A DataThon is a weekend event that matches up selected social organizations (that have well-defined data problems) with a team of volunteer data scientists to tackle their data-related challenges over a 24-48 hours period. The participants are housed & fed throughout the weekend event & the results are presented to the social organizations at the end of the event. Some may refer to these types of events as "Hack-a-Thons", etc. These events are completely free for the participants and serve to energize, educate, and provide direct benefit to the NFP/NGO organizations, as well as to enlighten social sector groups about the power of being data-driven.
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