Bloomberg Strengthening Pro Bono Data Science

October 26, 2015

It’s Pro Bono Week, a global celebration of the pro bono ethic reaching across all professions, and the perfect time to announce our newest supporter, Bloomberg. 

While data science can help mission-driven organizations expand their impact, most don’t have the staff or budget to leverage it the same way companies do. Thankfully, data science is one of the newest professions to embrace the pro bono ethic, with a growing interest among data scientists to apply their skills for the greater good. However, to strengthen pro bono data science, bonds between the data science and social sectors need to be strengthened as well. 

You may know Bloomberg from their recent sold out Data for Good Exchange in New York. 400+ members of the data science and NGO, public sector and nonprofit organizations came together for cross-sector conversations about what it takes to effectively use data science in the fight against some of the world’s toughest challenges like hunger, poverty, public health and more. Check out highlights here.

Bloomberg also supported DataKind's annual Global Chapter Summit held earlier this month where over 20 of our primarily volunteer Chapter Leaders from around the world came to New York to share lessons learned from a year of facilitating short-term and long-term pro bono data science engagements in their local communities.

Both these events have been unique opportunities for data scientists and social actors to build relationships and, in turn, strengthen bonds between the data science and social sectors overall. We are thrilled that Bloomberg is now going one step further by sponsoring projects in the coming year. These cross-sector projects will be executed by teams of pro bono data scientists in benefit of social change organizations working to leverage data to advance their missions and improve the world. 

“Bloomberg has long been a convener in the data science for social good space,” says our founder and executive director, Jake Porway. “Through its Data for Good Exchange and their support of our recent Chapter Summit, they are already fostering the cross-sector conversations that are foundational to this work. Their support of DataCorps projects now enables us to move from conversation to action.” 

We continue to be humbled by the many brilliant and open-hearted data engineers, statisticians, coders, designers and project managers that make up our community, using their skills for the greater good. You, dear volunteers, are what make all our work possible. Thanks to this new support from Bloomberg, we hope to engage even more of you on projects that will give visionary organizations the pro bono support they need to expand their impact.

Interested in getting involved? Check out our current open volunteer opportunities.