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DataKind’s 2024 Global Volunteer Summit: Supporting our strong and diverse community, united by data science

In January, DataKind held our annual Global Volunteer Summit, a virtual gathering offered to DataKind volunteers around the world to connect with DataKind staff, hear from leadership, and celebrate their contribution to AI for social impact. This year, more than 100 volunteers from 20 countries attended the event live, and thousands more have viewed and […]

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DataKind’s Humanitarian Insights Data Platform: New Code-Based Solutions & A Call to Action

Each year, more people are experiencing humanitarian crises. According to UN-OCHA’s Global Humanitarian Overview for 2023, nearly 350 million people around the world are currently in need of humanitarian assistance and protection, a figure that’s 30 percent higher than in 2022. These are driven by global mega-trends, such as increases in forced displacement, conflict, political

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ratri Maria

Meet Ratri! She’s the founder of ChangeMakr Asia and DataKind Singapore Chapter Leader. Originally from Indonesia, Ratri has been living in Singapore for 15 years, and her day job is in social impact, sustainability, and tech. Her organization works with groups to help them measure their progress toward the SDGs (UN Sustainable Development Goals) with

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DataKind 2023 Year in Review

In the 11 years since DataKind’s founding, we have been tackling the world’s biggest challenges with AI. In 2023, thanks to new and continuing support from our funding partners, DataKind was able to build up our data science and research teams, including new positions for product owners and a director of research, enabling us to

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Assessing Climate Risk with Data Science: DataKind Offers New Insights for Local and Global Mitigation

In September, DataKind held a three-day virtual DataDive® event in partnership with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Hundreds of volunteer data scientists dug into data to develop with innovative solutions to some of the complex, intractable issues identified by the IMF. These included a common problem for global advising institutions: missing and inconsistent data on

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Inclusive Innovation Community-Building in Central Florida

Aligning the region’s fragmented social sector ecosystem around data by “breaking down silos” and “connecting the final dots”. On a recent Friday evening, Mark Brewer and Jacques Fu joined State Representative Anna V. Eskamani to kick off DataKind’s weekend-long, high-energy hackathon devoted to building innovative digital tools that accelerate cross-sector impact. Joining them were 65 data

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Defining Data Equity is the First Step to Making it Happen: DataKind Co-Chairs Global Future Council on Data Equity at World Economic Forum Meeting in Dubai

(Image: DataKind CEO Lauren Woodman (far right) speaks at the closing plenary with moderator Saadia Zahidi, and panelists Reshma Saujani, Omar Sultan Al Olama, Nili Gilbert, and Badr Jafar.) The World Economic Forum’s network of Global Future Councils is an interdisciplinary community of government, business, and civil society leaders that support the Forum’s mission by

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Extending the Boundaries of Economic Opportunity: DataKind Advances Work in Financial Inclusion

With support from the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, DataKind is  advancing work in economic opportunity with a focus on financial inclusion. Worldwide, approximately 1.7 billion people are excluded from the formal economy. This includes people who are unbanked or who lack sufficient credit history to take advantage of financial services. While the unbanked are

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