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A DataDive on Homelessness

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City Gate House

39-45 Finsbury Square



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We are delighted to invite you to participate in a DataDive on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July. Join us, at Bloomberg’s European headquarters, in London and spend two days donating your time, skills and energy to help three fantastic data for good projects!

This DataDive will work with Homeless Link, StreetLink and Depaul to provide a deeper understanding of homelessness in the UK.

DataKind UK is a charity that solves tough social challenges through data science. We help social sector organisations benefit from advances in data science so they can make better decisions and have greater social impact.

About the organisations

Homeless Link is the national membership organisation representing providers supporting homeless people, people with multiple and complex needs and people who are vulnerable and living in poor or supported accommodation. They work to improve services, campaign for policy change, and innovate to help members make a difference. Homeless Link want a country free from homelessness, where everyone has a place to call home and can expect the support they need to keep it.

Depaul works to support people who are homeless and marginalised around the world. Depaul's work ranges from providing safe shelter, accommodation, food and health services to helping people affected by homelessness receive the education, employment and social services they need.

StreetLink is a project that enables the public to alert local authorities in England and Wales about people sleeping rough in their area. This service offers the public a means to act when they see someone sleeping rough, and is the first step someone can take to ensure rough sleepers are connected to the local services and support available to them.

Ticket Types

Please select the ticket category that best represents your skills.

  • Data Scientist: you rock statistical analysis and predictive analytics, are comfortable using R, Python, Matlab, or other common data analysis tools.

  • Data Viz Whizz: you can whip up a pretty visualisation in no time and bring the wow factor to everything you do.

  • Developer: you are comfortable coding in various languages and can build things that machines can use to get things done.

  • Data Enthusiast: the idea of data gets you hot and bothered, but you don't yet have all the right skills.

Below is an outline of the schedule for the weekend, with specific details included for each day. Participants are encouraged to attend the whole event.

Please read the schedule over carefully so that you understand how things will operate during the weekend. And as always, please let us know if you have any questions:

Remember, you need to bring your own hardware and software, your data skills, and the belief that you can help change the world for the better.


Saturday, July 29th

  • 9:00 AM: Doors open, sign-in and breakfast

  • 10:00 AM: Presentation from charities

  • 11:00AM: Divide into teams and get cracking!

  • 1:00 PM: Lunch

  • 7:00 PM: Dinner

  • 10:00 PM: Everybody goes home for the night

We will start with presentations from the charities taking part. You will learn more about each project and choose which you’d like to work on. We then form teams around their individual project questions. Each charity will have Data Ambassadors assigned to them who will help advise on and manage the projects throughout the day. We'll have meals and keep the space open until 10:00PM for the late-night divers.

Sunday, July 30th

  • 9:00 AM: Doors open, breakfast

  • 1:00 PM: Lunch

  • 3:00 PM: Presentations from teams

  • 4:00 PM: Another successful DataDive in the books!

This is your chance to show the charities what you have done with their data! Finish off the work you started the day before and get ready to tell the room what you found. There is no expectation of slides or other presentation materials, simply use whatever method of conveying your work to the organisations you feel is best. This is also the chance for the charities to ask you questions about how and why you did what you did. These presentations can be single or group work, but they can be no longer than 10 minutes each. We want to give everyone a chance to speak, and get people out at a reasonable time.

Other items of note for the weekend

  • We do not assign you to a charity. We want you to work with the organisation and data you feel most passionate about, so come with an open mind and be ready to learn.

  • You do not have to stay the entire weekend to participate in the event. We hope that you will find a project you can dig into, but you are always welcome to come and go as you please.

  • You do not have to work with the same charity for the whole weekend. Again, we hope that you will find a project to work on to completion, but if at any point you feel like you want to change simply let the Ambassador from those teams know.

  • We do not provide any hardware or software for you to use.We'll have the data and some services setup (wiki, DropBox, Github), but otherwise you should bring your own laptop and come ready to use whatever data tools you like.

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