DataDives are high energy, marathon-style events where mission-driven organizations work alongside teams of volunteer data scientists, developers, and designers to use data to gain insight into their programs, the communities they serve and more. All in 48 hours or less.
See a DataDive in action! Check out the video of our November 2014 DataDive at the Teradata PARTNERS conference in Nashville.
DataDive teams are made up of 10-20 volunteers with a variety of skills and are led by a Data Ambassador and Project Manager. Volunteers may jump from team to team during the weekend. Meet our volunteers!
1 Data Ambassador
Any mission-driven organization can apply to work with DataDive, which includes nonprofits, social enterprises, and government agencies. They designate a partner representative as point person for the DataDive team. Meet our partner organizations!
1-2 Partner Representatives
DataDives are collaborative work sessions where volunteers analyze, visualize, and mashup data to give their partner organizations initial insights or prototypes to inform their work. This is a great opportunity for volunteers to build new skills and new connections and for organizations to get fast results.
DataKind works with the organization to scope and identify its key data questions. Data Ambassadors are then hand-selected to lead the project and prepare the data, perhaps hosting a DataJam where volunteers will assist in data cleansing.
The Big Event
With the question scoped and the data cleansed, it's time to open the doors and let the volunteers roll in! Volunteers are not assigned to a project, but choose one they are most passionate about or rotate to sample a few. DataDives are generally open to the public and volunteers have varying skill levels so Data Ambassadors oversee the project from start to finish to ensure meaningful work gets delivered.
Unlike a hack-a-thon, the goal of a DataDive is not necessarily to create an app. Instead it is to work with teams of experts to understand a truly difficult problem through data. Organizations walk away with anything from visualizations, analyses, graphs or even just some new datasets. DataDives can lead to DataCorps projects and, for many organizations, serve as an exhilarating introduction to data science!
What Gets Produced?
Answers to pressing questions, findings that will cut costs or prototypes of advocacy tools to name a few. No matter what, organizations will leave with a much clearer understanding of how data science can be used to advance their missions. Read about how DataDives helped these organizations go from zero to sixty in just two days!