Reporting Back from the UK DataDive

October 2, 2013

75 data scientists. 4 NGOs. 2 days. The London chapter of DataKind just hosted their very first DataDive and it was a smashing success!

Last month, we hopped across the pond to help DataKindUK host their very first DataDive at the Mozilla HQ in London.

Powered by pizza and coffee, data enthusiasts of all skill levels split into four groups to see what kind of difference they could make to four amazing NGOs: OxfamGB, Community and Voluntary Action Tameside, Hampshire County Council, and HelpAge International.

Volunteers helped OxfamGB understand how high and volatile food prices affect people in developing countries.  They created an interactive visualization that let Oxfam analysts examine many different variables in the same context:

Screenshot by Keith Goldthorpe


They helped Community and Voluntary Action Tameside, a group that supports other NGOs in the area, to better understand the scope of their volunteer sector:

Infographic shared by Derek Gyateng

The Hampshire County Council team looked at education data to make sure the needs of special education students were being met.

Scientists looked at social media mentions of each learning disability to see if they could help educators correlate and predict demand for special education.

And last but not least, the team working with HelpAge International worked to better understand the needs of the elderly. You can see the results of their work to create the first ever index of wellbeing for ageing populations on the HelpAge site or on the Guardian's Data Blog

You can dive more into each group’s findings over on HackPad, because what we shared here is only a tiny bit of the great work they accomplished in just 48 hours. Many thanks to our amazing chapter DataKindUK, the 75 data scientists who spent their weekend doing great work, and our sponsor Teradata for helping us make this DataDive a success!