Get Involved - Monthly Roundup!

January 27, 2017

Eager to flex your data skills for good? Each month, we do a roundup of volunteer opportunities through DataKind and other organizations around the world!

Don't see anything in your area? Check out DataLook's definitive guide to doing data science for good and our Data4Good Kit for help getting started.

DataKind Opportunities 

DataKind SF Meetup – Feb 7, San Francisco
Join DataKind SF for a discussion on how nonprofits can advance their mission with data. Speakers will include Eric Fegraus of Conservation International, Jake Metcalf of Ethical Resolve and DataKind’s Founder & Executive Director, Jake Porway; to share insights on how nonprofit organizations have successfully used data to achieve their mission and what nonprofits need to do to maximize their impact with data.

DataDive - Mar 3-5, New York City
Get ready, New York! A DataDive is coming your way! We’re looking for data pros and do-gooders to lend their skills and join us for the #GivingTuesday DataDive with the 92nd Street Y and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dive into data to prototype new solutions and gain insights into philanthropic giving to help fuel more social change. Registration for the DataDive is now open!
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SAVE THE DATE! DataDive - April 28-30, North Carolina
We're co-hosting our first ever North Carolina DataDive. RSVPs to open soon!

Upcoming Events and Conferences 

DataKind’s Jake Porway at Stanford Social innovation Review (SSIR) Data on Purpose/Do Good Data conference - Feb 7-8, Stanford, CA
Join Jake and other data experts, academics, practitioners, and social sector leaders for two days of skillfully-led sessions on topics ranging from aligning practice with policy to creating a culture of data, and how Silicon Valley is facilitating data practices in civil society.
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DataKind’s Erin Akred at Pandemonio Conference - Feb 15-17, Panama City, Panama
Erin will be sharing more about how data can be used to drive social change around the world at this conference focused on global conference focused on the technologies and trends reshaping modern business.
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DataKind’s Jordan Goldmeier at Analytics for Social Good Day, University of Cincinnati - Feb 16, Cincinnati, OH
At the talk, Jordan will share more about what makes a strong data science project and present successful real world examples. He’ll provide more on the underlying components for project success including: the scoping process, the data science methods used, and impact. Jordan will also discuss the similarities and differences between running data science projects in for-profit and non-profit environments.
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Beyond DataKind - Our Top Picks To Get Involved 

Become a Data Science for Social Good Fellow! - Jan 31 Deadline
Another friend, University of Chicago's Data Science for Social Good program, is now recruiting its next class of fellows. Join as a fellow, a mentor, a project manager, or partner! 
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DataScience Bowl 2017: The Lung Cancer Detection Challenge – Jan 12 to Apr 12
Two out of every five people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes and the number of new cancer cases will rise to 22 million globally within the next two decades, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Help fight cancer and join the 2017 Data Science Bowl, presented by Booz Allen and Kaggle, and help improve cancer screenings and save lives. 
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IBM Social Good Fellowship, Summer 2017 Feb 1 Deadline
Develop your skills and build data science solutions to benefit humanity. Mentored by leading IBM Research scientists and engineers at the T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY, fellows will use data mining, machine learning, statistics, operations research, cloud computing, user experience design, and mobile computing methods to complete projects with social impact. Working closely with non-governmental organizations and other mission-driven partners, fellows take on real-world problems in health, energy, environment, education, international development, equality, justice, and more. Join the summer 2017 program. 
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Data Rescue NYC – Feb 4, New York, NY
Join in the immediate effort to help preserve valuable environmental data. This work is urgent in the face of the Trump administration’s large-scale efforts to dismantle environmental regulations and as important environmental data begins to be scrubbed from federal websites. Hosted by New York University, Data Rescue NYC is run by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) in collaboration with the PPEHlab’s DataRefuge project. 
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Hack Foster Care Youth Summit Feb 27-28, Mountain View, CA
Help improve America’s Child Welfare System and foster care youth reach their full potential. 
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Data for Democracy
Whether you’re an experienced data scientist looking for a side project, still learning, or just trying to figure out how you can help, check out this experiment to see how the data science community comes together. Email jonathon [at] for an invitation.
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Do Good Data to Kick Off World Tour – Feb 2017
Join data experts, academics, practitioners, and social sector leaders for a series of one-day conferences around the world in 2017, starting with the Data on Purpose/Do Good Data conference at Stanford University this February. Learn more and find out if they will be coming to a city near you. 
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DrivenData Machine Learning Competitions (virtual) - Ongoing
Check out DrivenData's online challenges, usually lasting 2-3 months, where a global community of data scientists competes to come up with the best statistical model for difficult predictive problems that make a difference. 
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