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Make Data Work
Sept 29–Oct 1, 2015 • New York, NY

What does it take to apply data science for social good?

Jake Porway (DataKind)
9:50am–10:00am Thursday, 10/01/2015
Location: Javits North
Average rating: ****.
(4.35, 63 ratings)

More than good intentions or a good knowledge of R, using data science to tackle social issues depends on close collaboration between data science and issue area experts. But getting everyone to the table is only the first step. Jake Porway, founder and executive director of DataKind, unveils five keys for successful data science for good projects, based on the organization’s three years of work rallying thousands of volunteers worldwide to give back.

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Jake Porway


Jake Porway is the founder and executive director of DataKind, a nonprofit that harnesses the power of data science in the service of humanity. He is an alum of the New York Times R&D Lab and has worked at Google and Bell Labs. A recognized leader in the Data for Good Movement, he has spoken at IBM, Microsoft, Google, and the White House. Jake is also a PopTech Social Innovation fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He holds a BS in computer science from Columbia University and an MS and PhD in statistics from UCLA.