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Make Data Work
December 1–3, 2015 • Singapore

Pro bono data science in action - rallying the globe to fight global warming

Oliver Chen (DataKind Singapore)
11:00am–11:40am Thursday, 12/03/2015
Data-driven Business
Location: 331 Level: Non-technical
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Prerequisite Knowledge

No specific skills or knowledge are necessary for this presentation, but attendees should have some desire to do good with the skills that they do have!

Description

Nonprofits, NGOs, and social enterprises are typically resource constrained and unable to afford the salaries of an analytics team. But due to their constrained resources, becoming data-driven can have a massive multiplier effect on their impact.

DataKind is a pioneer in the Data for Good movement, helping to put the power of data science in the hands of social good organisations. Its approach is community driven and is a platform for data scientists to maximise their impact in skills-based volunteering. As part of a global network, we started a Singapore chapter in August 2014 and have been working with organisations here and in the region ever since.

In this talk, I’ll discuss some of the data challenges we see confronting social good organisations that we’ve talked to in Singapore and South-East Asia. In particular, I’ll present our work with Earth Hour Global, which raises awareness about climate change and inspires people around the world to take action for the planet; and also a project on rainfall data in the Mekong Delta region that will be utilised by climate change researchers and disaster relief agencies.

Oliver Chen

DataKind Singapore

Oliver Chen is a chapter lead at DataKind Singapore. This is a volunteer position, and in his day job he’s a partner at Global Valuation Ltd. He was previously a Deputy Director at the Risk Management Institute (RMI) at the National University of Singapore. He had served a number of roles at RMI, including deputy lead of the Credit Research Initiative and director of the Master of Science in Financial Engineering Program. Oliver was a member of the Advisory Board for the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2015 report, and received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Toronto in 2004.

Oliver Chen is a chapter lead at DataKind Singapore. This is a volunteer position, and in his day job he’s a partner at Global Valuation Ltd. He was previously a Deputy Director at the Risk Management Institute (RMI) at the National University of Singapore. He had served a number of roles at RMI, including deputy lead of the Credit Research Initiative and director of the Master of Science in Financial Engineering Program. Oliver was a member of the Advisory Board for the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks 2015 report, and received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Toronto in 2004.