So it's official. The news is out. Washington DC is one of five cities selected to start new DataKind Chapters. Hooray!
For those who may not yet know DataKind, our mission is to tackle humanity's biggest problems through data science. We bring together high-impact organizations dedicated to solving the world’s biggest challenges with leading data scientists to improve the quality of, access to and understanding of data in the social sector.
Easy right? Well, it can be when we work with some of the top talent in data science and the world's most incredible organizations. Enter the Washington, DC metropolitan area and our beltway buddies, Maryland and Virginia, with collectively perhaps the nation's highest density of nonprofits and statisticians per capita!
DC is no stranger to DataKind, having hosted two DataDives over the past two years. DC also pioneered the first DataKind DataCorps project with DC Action for Children, creating a powerful interactive mapping visualization for local policymakers to understand the well-being of DC kids at the neighborhood level. We heart DC and think it's the perfect place for DataKind to grow. Here's why.
Who are we three? We're just the beginning, the first wave. We're helping set up shop here in DC to kickstart the convening of data scientists and mission-driven organizations to build the data-for-good movement locally.
Data Ninja. NGO Whisperer. Volunteer Magnet. We believe that when we bring this triumvirate together, we will create a DC Chapter that can speak equally well to the nonprofit and data science communities and facilitate the collaborations between the two.
If you're still reading this far down, you definitely want to get involved, right? We'll be having our first events shortly, so be sure to sign up below, check out our Meetup page and follow @DataKindDC to stay in the loop!