In Minnesota, volunteer professional and student data scientists come together to help nonprofits
What do a charity that helps with substance abuse, the Science Museum of Minnesota, and a group of Twin Cities homeowners all have in common? All of them need urgent data science help! On Wednesday night, these groups came to the University of Minnesota to present their data science projects to more than 40 students and practitioners of data science at the New Year’s Data Science Resolution event, organized by StarEightyTwo and Social Data Science.
The event united those who want to learn and practice data science with organizations that need data science volunteers. Each organization had a chance to pitch its idea, and the data scientists in attendance discussed the ideas, decided which projects to work on, and formed teams to collaborate on the projects for the next three months.
Out of eight project pitches, the data scientists in attendance decided to work on three:
The three teams will work on their projects for the next three months, and present the results of their work at a grand finale in April.
If you’re interested in participating in the New Year’s Data Science Resolution, it’s not too late to join any of these teams. Email Daniel Feldman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
StarEightyTwo and Social Data Science are nonprofit organizations that together have held eight data science hackathons and hosted more than 30 free and educational meetups. Past hackathons have featured Generation Next, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Habitat for Humanity, Aeon, and Mapping Prejudice, among other local organizations.
Thanks to MinneAnalytics for sponsoring food and drink, and the Carlson School of Management for providing meeting space.