DataKind UK: A DataDive full of firsts
From charities sharing their data to volunteers reusing code from a previous DataKind project, this was truly a groundbreaking weekend of data-for-good!
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Emma handles the day-to-day operations of DataKind UK, supporting the influx of volunteers and building understanding about what data science can do in the charitable sector. Emma was previously a programme coordinator in the evidence and action programme at Tactical Tech, providing hands-on help for activists using data in evidence-based campaigns. Emma holds an MA in Public Policy with a specialism in Media, Information & Communications from Central European University in Hungary and a degree in Politics and Geography from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Kaitlin Thaney is the director of the Mozilla Science Lab, an open science initiative of the Mozilla Foundation focused on innovation, best practice and skills training for research. Prior to Mozilla, Kaitlin served as the Manager of External Partnerships at Digital Science, a technology company that works to make research more efficient through better use of technology. Kaitlin also advises the UK government on infrastructure for data intensive science and business and is the founding co-chair for the Strata Conference series in London on big data.
Duncan has been a data miner for far too long, and currently works for Teradata leading their data science team. As part of this role he talks to customers and prospects across the world about the joys of data science - which is why he got involved in DataKind. If companies could do this, then why not charities? He twisted Jake's arm to let him set up DataKind UK with Fran, Kaitlin and Hannah. He is a serial volunteer, having been a City Councillor, chair of trustees of a national charity, founder of a farmers' market, press officer for a historic building on reality TV, co-counder of the Society of Data Miners, and one of the first UK Data Ambassadors when DataKind came calling. He lives in a town designed to caused severe pronunciation problems in the US: Ashby de la Zouch in Leicestershire.
Fran runs a startup called Mastodon C, which is made up of big data technology specialists. She spends her days talking to big enterprises and governments about the exciting potential of making better use of data. For the past seven years, she was also a trustee of a mental health charity in Hackney, East London, which makes her doubly excited about the potential to bring better use of data to the charity sector!
Hannah has long been a science boffin, fascinated in how people learn, behave and develop. For almost 10 years, Hannah has led The Key, a charity which empowers young people to unlock their potential. After The Key was lucky enough to benefit from the UK’s first-ever DataDive, Hannah was hooked. She continued to drive a data agenda through the heart of her small charity and was honored to become a Director of DataKind UK. Hannah wants more charities to understand the importance and power of data and to how it can be used to maximise the impact they make in society. Hannah also brews beer, competes at ten-pin bowling, loves smashing up old houses and is a Trustee for a 78 year old boutique cinema.