Autumn DataDive 2017

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We are delighted to invite you to participate in a DataDive on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November in London! We would be thrilled to have you spend two days donating your time, skills and energy to help three fantastic data for good projects.

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.

This DataDive is generously supported by the Elsevier Foundation and UCL Grand Challenges. The three charities taking part are Christian Aid, FareShare and the ONE Campaign.

About the organisations

Christian Aid exists to help those in need – regardless of religion, ethnicity or nationality. They provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes. Christian Aid runs a project in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia to build the resilience of vulnerable communities to climate extremes and disasters. They want to better understand the impact this project has had on different households.

FareShare is a charity aiming to relieve food poverty and reduce food waste in the UK. They provide surplus food to 6,000 charities, foodbanks and community groups around the country. They want to better understand whether what they provide matches up to what these organisations need.

The ONE Campaign works to end extreme poverty, particularly in Africa. One way they do it is by ensuring that governments are accountable to their citizens and that resources are not lost to corruption. They are working to improve transparency in the extractives industry and will be analysing scraped data on payments between extractives companies and African governments.

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

  • Sunday Presentations: Don't want to slog your guts out for the whole weekend? Just join us on Sunday afternoon to hear the results from the charities!

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, November 25th

  • 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, November 26th

  • 9:00 AM: Doors open, breakfast

  • 1:00 PM: Lunch

  • 3:00 PM: Presentations from teams

  • 4:30 PM: Another successful DataDive in the books!

Finish off the work you started the day before and re-group with your team. The final presentation is a chance for the teams to present what they have achieved! The charities will ask you questions about how and why you did what you did and they will reflect on what will be most useful for them moving forward.

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 (GDrive, DropBox, Github), but otherwise you should bring your own laptop and come ready to use whatever data tools you like.

A big thank you to The Elsevier Foundation and UCL Grand Challenges for making this event possible.

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