Data Science for Social Good

There is a movement underway to translate the use of data into social good. One of the premiere non-profit organizations that strives to help make this happen is DataKind which matches data scientists with projects. Data scientists work in their spare time on a pro bono basis. Over on Quora I’m asked frequently about how newbie data scientists can gain real life experience. Typically I advise folks to participate in Kaggle challenges, but lately I’m telling them to seek out playing a role over at DataKind. Why not help people while learning and gaining experience? Jake Porway is the founder and executive director of Datakind. In his Strata+Hadoop Keynote, Jake talks about data for the “best of intentions,” or using data to institute radical change to some of the world’s…


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