DataKind UK: A Look Back at 2018

Image above courtesy of DataKind UK. DataKind UK’s DataDive in Autumn 2018 with Addaction, Anthony Nolan, Fareshare, and Lancashire Women.


Wow, what a year! In the past 12 months, we’ve welcomed two new members of staff and two new trustees, completed 15 charity projects, held our biggest DataDive ever with ~130 people, and worked with hundreds upon hundreds of amazing volunteers. Thanks to everyone in our community — we couldn’t have done it without you! See below to learn more about what went on this year…


Our Non-Profit Partners


We partnered with 14 non-profit organisations on data projects this year:

360Giving The Welcome Centre
Solidaridad Network Global Witness
Oxfam GB Parkinson’s UK
Tameside, Oldham & Glossop Mind Shelter
The Access Project FareShare
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre Addaction
Lancashire Women Anthony Nolan


Also, we provided light touch advice and support to over 40 other charities and social enterprises.



2018 Events Recap


  • New year social
  • Committees onboarding

  • DataWine: Fundraising event with Michelle Lee
  • DataDive: 360Giving

  • DataDive: Marks and Spencer, Solidaridad Network, Oxfam GB, and Tameside, Oldham & Glossop Mind
  • DataKind UK’s 5th birthday party!

  • Meetup: Global Witness DataCorps

  • DataDive: The Access Project, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, and Lancashire Women

  • Summer shindig for volunteers

  • DataDive: Parkinson’s UK, Shelter, ONS, and University of Southhampton

  • Meetup: Chatbots: hot or not?

  • Meetup: Interdisciplinary alchemy – data science + social science meetup with Sage Ocean and UCL
  • Meetup: Interdisciplinary alchemy – data science + human-centered design 
  • DataDive: biggest UK DataDive ever with 130 people! Read more here and here.
  • Volunteer ‘freshers fair’ for our incoming committees
  • Co-hosted the inaugural Data4Good conference

  • Christmas pub quiz


Our sponsors this year included Elsevier Foundation, Teradata, Sage Publishing, UCL, Tableau, Yoti, Entrepreneur First, and of course Pivotal Labs.


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Image above courtesy of DataKind UK. DataKind UK’s DataDive in September 2018 with Shelter and Parkinson’s UK in partnership with ONS and University of Southampton.


2018 Highlights


We completed two DataCorps projects this year! Our work with Global Witness – creating a network graph of corporate ownership in the UK – culminated in an investigation reported on by WSJ, among others. Working with The Welcome Centre food bank, our volunteers created a predictive model, placing this food bank at the vanguard AI within the social sector. Congratulations and THANK YOU to both volunteer teams. You rocked it.


This year we coordinated our biggest DataDive ever with over 130 participants and four charities. And we turned 5 years old!


In other news: GDPR isn’t well received in all quarters, but not so for DataKind’s Programmes Committee. They got so loved up with the new law that the papers reported on their bookclub.



Image above courtesy of DataKind UK. DataKind UK’s DataDive in March 2018 with 360Giving. 


What’s Next?

A new Executive Director will be joining us in the new year. As 2018 draws to a close, we bid farewell to Emma Prest, our wonderful Executive Director, who is departing in January. The great news is that longtime DataKinder and all-round ace human, Giselle Cory, is stepping into the role and is raring to go. Welcome, Giselle!


We’re heading to DataKind HQ in New York this February for a DataKind global chapters summit, coming together with DataKind chapter leads from Bangalore, San Francisco, Singapore, and Washington DC.


Our brand new committees are ready to spring into action in the new year, and we’ll be kicking off our ethics work too. Our new ethics working group is going to have a laser focus on best practice in tech ethics and run a brain-expanding book club. We’ll let you know when and where in the new year, so you can come and read along with us.


We’ll have more UK events in London, Southampton, and potentially further afield… watch this space and follow us on Twitter!

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