1. Quantifying Impact on Human Lives

    April 16 2014

    By day, Will High is a Data Scientist at a Silicon Alley start-up called Velos, where he creates custom machine-learning prediction platforms for clients with big data. By night, he volunteers with DataKind as a Data Ambassador. Will writes: I was thrilled to become involved with DataKind. Medic Mobile, a San Francisco healthcare technology non-profit, had approached DK to understand how to quantify the impact of their mission, which is to cheaply connect health workers with their patients in poorer parts of the globe. This was my jam.

  2. DataKind, Coming to a City Near You?

    April 16 2014

    If you haven’t heard the news, we’re inviting data scientist leaders to apply for the opportunity to launch a DataKind chapter in their city. Pete, our data and systems engineer built this cool interactive map so you can see what cities have already applied. It updates automatically as new applications come in, but if you’re as excited as we are, we won’t tell anyone if you manually hit refresh! 

  3. Big Data, Big Impact

    April 16 2014

    At our March Meetup, our current group of DataCorps volunteers shared the results of the data science projects they tackled alongside four inspiring organizations. They talked about the challenges: freeing data from non-delimited text files, navigating proprietary software, and harnessing visual data from satellite imagery-- and the impact: saving, protecting and improving the quality of life for people around the globe.

  4. DataKind on the Road: Strata Recap

    March 07 2014

    Last month, the DataKind team and I flew out to Santa Clara to attend one of the premier big data conferences around, Strata. Drew and I first launched DataKind at Strata in 2011, so it’s been great to see the conference evolve over the last 3 years. If you weren’t able to make it out to sunny northern California this time, here’s a round-up of big news from the big data world.

  5. Real World Change, 3 Months Later

    March 07 2014

    Last November, more than a hundred volunteer data scientists gathered in New York to dive into the data of four mission-driven organizations, including Crisis Text Line (CTL). CTL just sent us an update on how their work has improved since the event, and we wanted to share their good news with you!