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Make Data Work
September 11, 2018: Training & Tutorials
September 12–13, 2018: Keynotes & Sessions
New York, NY
Rita Ko

Rita Ko
Director, The Hive, USA for UNHCR


Rita Ko is the director of the Hive, the innovation lab at the UN Refugee Agency in the United States (USA for UNHCR), where she heads the application of machine learning and data science to explore new modes of engagement around the global refugee crisis. Her work in data science stems from her election campaign experience in Canada at the Office the Mayor in the City of Vancouver, where she successfully reelected Mayor Gregor Robertson three consecutive terms, and nationally on three election campaigns applying predictive modeling.


2:55pm–3:35pm Wednesday, 09/12/2018
Location: 1E 10/11 Level: Non-technical
Friederike Schuur (Cloudera), Rita Ko (USA for UNHCR)
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Friederike Schuur and Rita Ko explain how the Hive (an internal group at USA for UNHCR) and Cloudera Fast Forward Labs transformed USA for UNHCR, enabling the agency to use data science and machine learning (DS/ML) to address the refugee crisis. Along the way, they cover the development and implementation of a DS/ML strategy, identify use cases and success metrics, and showcase the value of DS/ML. Read more.