Last year something incredible happened at the University of Chicago. Thirty-six aspiring data scientists spent their summer working in small teams on challenging real-world problems in education, health, energy, transportation, and more to directly benefit their local communities in need using data science techniques including data mining and machine learning. They applied their coding and analytics skills under guidance of mentors from industry, academia, and the chief data scientist from the 2012 Obama campaign, Rayid Ghani (@rayidghani).
These graduate and undergraduate Fellows came from quantitative and computational fields spanning computer science, statistics, and public policy. The results were simply amazing and changed the lives of the fellows forever as leaders in data science with the skills and passion to change their local communities for the better.
Watch this short video to meet some of the participants from last year and to see their unbridled enthusiasm for the Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship program.
This summer the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Summer Fellowship program is coming to Atlanta through the support of Georgia Tech and the City of Atlanta.
DSSG will be a landmark event for data science in Atlanta! Our hope is that Fellows, mentors, and project partners will be able to benefit from national exposure of their works through a demo day at the end of the summer and that the efforts of Fellows will be implemented by some of the project partners to benefit the Atlanta Metro Area. Also, our hope is that DSSG becomes an annual event going forward and builds into a premier showcase for Georgia Tech and Atlanta.
The long term benefit of a program like this to Atlanta is to foster a concentration of data scientists and data-savvy business and non-profit leaders to come to or remain in Atlanta. These leaders are likely to become professors, non-profit leaders, or start new data-centric businesses to grow and foster economic development in Atlanta.
If you are interested in applying to be a DSSG Fellow, mentor, project partner, or just to be updated about future events please go to DSSG-ATL.io to join our mailing list. We are working to update the page so you can apply directly through our website so look for an update in February.
Travis Turney (@travturn)
Cofounder, Data Science ATL