This is, without hyperbole, a historic time for humanity. Mobile phones, sensors, and new software have created an abundance of data that can be mined, understood, and harnessed to gain new insights about the world and transform almost every sector. The same algorithms and techniques that companies use to boost profits can be leveraged by mission-driven organizations to improve the world, from battling hunger to advocating for child well-being and more. However, most social change organizations don’t have the budget or staff to take full advantage of this data revolution and most data scientists don't realize just how valuable their skills can be.
A revolution like this is about more than harnessing data - it’s about bringing together amazing people. In fact, the work depends on it. They bring together top data scientists with leading social change organizations to collaborate on cutting-edge analytics and advanced algorithms to maximize social impact. The programs build upon one another and are designed to meet organizations where they are. From evening or weekend events to multi-month projects, all are designed to provide social organizations with the pro bono data science innovation team they need to tackle critical humanitarian issues in the fields of education, poverty, health, human rights, the environment and cities.
They are living inside a data revolution that is transforming the way they understand and interact with each other and the world - and it has only just begun. Every field is now having its “data moment,” giving mission-driven organizations brand new opportunities to harness data to advance their work. From poverty alleviation to healthcare access to improved education, data science has the potential to move the needle on seemingly insurmountable issues, but only if there is close collaboration between data science and social sector experts.See more