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DataKind Dublin (DataKind DUB) launched in August 2014, ready to harness the pool of local data professionals and assist organisations working to improve people's lives. Ireland has a rich heritage of NGO work overseas and is home to the European headquarters of some of the world's biggest technology companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft. Eager to see big data techniques put to work solving difficult societal issues, the Chapter's ultimate goal is to help charities and institutions understand the power and impact data science can have on their ability to deliver their mission more effectively. With close ties to organisations like the Open Knowledge Foundation, Open Data Ireland, and Code for All Ireland, DataKind DUB is ready to collaborate with both companies and charities to share ideas and projects, paving the way for the growing local data-for-good movement.
Meet the Team
Kate joined DataKind as a volunteer in 2015 and has been a chapter leader since September 2016. She has a background in maths and physics and has an interest in politics and social justice and can't turn down a good debate. After finishing a PhD in computational biology, she became interested in data science and how to use it to influence social issues. When not doing data science, Kate loves travelling to as far flung places as she can get, reading, live music and knitting poorly made hats. She currently works as a data scientist in the financial sector.
Sam is the odd one out of the Dublin team as he doesn't come from a data science background, but rather has spent the past eight years working to improve the way that social benefit organizations talk about impact and the work they do. With this as the driving force behind his work, he was thrilled to join DataKind Dublin and is excited to see the transformation that an improved approach to data can bring to Ireland's social sector. Having worked in communications management roles with NGOs, Sam now runs a practice as a communications consultant and video producer focused on helping social organizations tell their stories of impact and increase their influence.
Jonny is hugely passionate about making better use of the data available today to improve the lives of people, both in Ireland and around the world. He's been doing data science since before it was called that, studying computational physics in Dublin before going on to earn his PhD in computational particle physics at Durham University in the UK. Jonny spent the last six years working across retail, aviation and the public sector helping companies and governments maximize the value of their data. He’s currently the chief data scientist at a tech company in Dublin and when he's not talking about data or working with data - he's probably thinking about data!
Results from DataKind Dublin's Third DataDive
March 23, 2016
Supporting Change In Irish Prisons
January 27, 2016