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Big Data for the Public Good | Seminar 2: Data Without Borders

Code for America

Monday, March 19, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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A project of Code for America and Greenplum, a division of EMC

We are generating more data than ever before. Thanks to the data scientists who sift through and organize this explosion of information, and data visualization teams that reveal insights through pioneering forms of visual communication, this abundance of big data can be harnessed to serve the public interest in innovative ways.

With projects that include improving route planning through transit data, fighting disease using electronic health records, enhancing decision-making through statistics of all shapes and sizes, and data journalism that helps make sense of our world around us, the practitioners and tools of data science are transforming our world and creating new opportunities to serve the public good.

Big Data for the Public Good is a four-part seminar series hosted by Code for America in San Francisco and sponsored by Greenplum, a division of EMC. We invite you to join other thought leaders, CEO’s, data scientists, developers, designers, data journalists, and change agents in an exploration into how the big data explosion can be harnessed to address the great opportunities and pressing challenges of our time.


Seminar 2: Data Without Borders
March 19rd: Big companies like Google and Amazon recognize the importance of dedicated data science teams and can support fulltime analysts, but non-profits, though they may have rich and interesting datasets, don’t have the resources to capitalize on their data or may not even know the value of the data they already collect. In this seminar, Jake Porway will present the work of  Data Without Borders - a group recruiting the data community to help nonprofits solve social, environmental, and community problems.

Jake is currently working as the Data Scientist in the New York Times R&D Lab. He holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA, where he studied machine learning and artificial intelligence, and is a passionate advocate for non-profit tech.

Save the Date: Data for the Public Good Seminar Series 
  • January 23rd: Mike Migurski, Stamen Design, and Tom Carden, Bloom.
  • March 19thth: Jake Porway, Data Without Borders and the New York Times
  • April 3rd : Ward Cunningham, Nike
  • May 16th: Jeremy Howard, Kaggle
If you have any questions, contact jack@codeforamerica.org


About Code For America

Code for America enlists the talent of the web industry into public service to use their skills to solve core problems facing our communities. Working with city managers, we help to identify projects that can benefit from web-based solutions. Code For America is all about helping American cities use web technology to do a better job of providing services to citizens

About Greenplum

Greenplum, a division of EMC, is driving the future of Big Data analytics with products that harness the skills of data science teams to help global organizations realize the full promise of business agility and become data-driven, predictive enterprises. Greenplum celebrates the data scientists and visualization teams exploring how Big Data can create value for the public good.

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Code for America
155 9th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Monday, March 19, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

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Code for America believes government can work for the people, by the people in the 21st century.

We build open source technology and organize a network of people dedicated to making government services simple, effective, and easy to use.

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