From data exploration to prototyping to final delivery, anyone engaged in using data science for social good knows that the path from project kickoff to delivery is full of exciting twists and turns. JeanCarlo Bonilla, Susan Sun, and Caitlin Augustin explore how DataKind volunteer teams navigate the road to social impact by automating evidence collection for conservationists and helping expand the reach of mobile surveys so that more voices can be heard.
Susan Sun is a data expert with DataKind, a freelance data scientist working with Google’s Education team, and an instructor at General Assembly.
Caitlin Augustin is a data ambassador within DataKind’s DataCorps, a pro bono team of data scientists working with social change organizations to transform their work and their sector. When not at Civic Hall working on these exciting projects, Caitlin can be found juggling her day job as a research scientist at Kaplan Test Prep and finishing her PhD in environmental sciences through the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy. She’s passionate about international development and environmental policy and has participated in numerous conferences such as the American Geophysical Union, Engineers Without Borders, and the American Meteorological Society’s policy colloquium. She holds a BS in industrial engineering from the University of Miami and is currently a PhD candidate at the same university. Go ‘Canes!
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