Already involved in data – be it machine learning, AI, analytics, or visualisation?
Come along to an upcoming event and get to know others who share a desire to strengthen our society. We’re building a community of like-minded folk and host regular interactive sessions alongside traditional speaker-oriented events.
Datathon for Social Good
In a datathon, you use creativity, communication and collaboration to solve an interesting data-related problem. They’re opportunities to try new things, learn from others, build connections — and have fun!
Melbourne’s first Datathon for Social Good shares those ingredients, but your efforts will enable positive social impact. Better yet, we centre the leadership and participation of women and minority groups.
Our aim is to foster diversity in the local scene, encourage current and future data scientists to consider careers and volunteering in the social sector, and foreground the ethical application of data science.
The 2020 Challenge
Thank you to everyone who participated in Melbourne’s first Datathon for Social Good!
After attending the launch, Dr Sonja Hood, CEO of Community Hubs Australia (CHA), said that the “success of the weekend floored me.”
During the subsequent working time, the COVID-19 crisis enveloped Australia. Amazingly, despite the stress and challenges presented by this, nine teams pulled through to contribute a submission for CHA.
The datathon attracted a diverse range of people, with over 70% of participants identifying as female. Participants said they were proud to learn and practice skills, and gained a “sense of accomplishment”.