Data Without Borders seeks to match non-profits in need of data analysis with freelance and pro bono data scientists who can work to help them with data collection, analysis, visualization, or decision support.
Big companies like Google and Amazon recognize the importance of dedicated data science teams and can support fulltime analysts, but non-profits, though they may have rich and interesting datasets, don't have the resources to capitalize on their data or may not even know the value of the data they already collect.
Data Without Borders aims to close that gap through a data scientist exchange, bringing exciting new problems to the data community and helping to solve social, environmental, and community problems alongside non-profits and NGOs.
The first DWB Datadive will take place on October 14-16, 2011 in New York City.
While traditional hackathons are often focused on developing an app or a website, the datadive will seek to derive novel and interesting insight from the data of participating NGO's and non-profits. The process will be one of exploration, experimentation, and learning.
There are also plans for San Francisco Datadive, Nov 4-6, 2011.
For more information, visit datawithoutborders.cc/
DWB team is
- Jake Porway, a Data Scientist in the New York Times R&D Lab
- Drew Conway, a Ph.D. student in NYU's Dept. of Politics and a prominent member of the New York City data science community.
- Mike Dewar, a data-science consultant, who currently works exclusively for a NYC-based start-up mining "big data".
- Craig Barowsky, the VP of Production at Oddcast, a social media tech company