Southampton DataDive 2019

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Maths Student Centre

Building 56, Highfield Campus


SO17 1BJ

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We are delighted to invite you to take part in a DataDive on Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th September in Southampton, hosted by the University of Southampton.

We would be thrilled to have you spend the weekend donating your time, skills and energy to help two 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.

For this DataDive, DataKind UK and the University of Southampton are partnering with

  • Stop the Traffik - Through radical information sharing and collaboration, STOP THE TRAFFIK aim to build a global picture of human trafficking hotspots and trends, to empower individuals, organisations and agencies to make more informed and better choices, to signpost them to safe places to get help and support and to encourage appropriate response and reporting.

  • Meningitis Now - We have been involved in the development and introduction of meningitis vaccines, saved lives through awareness and helped people rebuild their lives after meningitis with our free specialised support.

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

  • Sunday presentations: don't wanna sweat it out over a hot laptop all weekend, but still want to get a flavour of what a DataDive is all about? Whether you're an aspiring data volunteer, a nonprofit that would like to find out more about the power of data, or just interested, sign up to see the final presentations.

Below is an outline of the schedule for the weekend. Participants are encouraged to attend the whole event - however we recognise that many people have other commitments. If you can't stay into the evening/night we are happy to have you for the hours you can contribute, and we really appreciate you volunteering.

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

Remember, you need to bring your own hardware (laptop and charger) and software, your data skills, and a hardwired belief that you can help change the world for the better.


Saturday, 28th September

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

  • 09:45 AM: Presentations from charities

  • 10:30 AM: 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, 29th September

  • 9:00 AM: Doors open, breakfast and back to work

  • 1:00 PM: Lunch

  • 3:00 PM: Final presentations from teams

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

Finish off the work you started the day before and re-group with your team. The final presentation will be a chance to tell everyone how and why you did what you did, and to reflect on what will be the most useful next steps for each project.

PLEASE READ - Other items of note for the weekend

  • ACCESS - We will share names of attendees with the venue prior to the event for security purposes.

  • Finding us:

  • 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.

  • There is no prep work required before the DataDive, and you will not have access to any data ahead of the event. However you may wish to research the charities to understand more about their mission and their work.

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

A HUGE thank you to The University of Southampton for making this event possible.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

All attendees must be 18 years or over.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You do not have to bring a printout, but you must give the name you registered with to gain access to the event. Anyone who has not pre-registered will not be able to attend.

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Building 56, Highfield Campus


SO17 1BJ

United Kingdom

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