What is the DSSG program?:
the Data Science for the Social Good internship started as a University of Chicago summer program to train aspiring data scientists to work on data mining, machine learning, big data, and data science projects with social impact. Now in collaboration with Warwick University it will be running in the UK for the first ime in 2019. Working closely with governments and nonprofits, interns take on real-world problems in education, health, energy, public safety, transportation, economic development, international development, and more.
For three months they learn, hone, and apply their data science, analytical, and coding skills, collaborate in a fast-paced atmosphere, and learn from mentors coming from industry and academia.
What impact does DSSG make?
Since 2013, over 200 graduate and undergraduate students studying in computer science, social sciences, statistics, public policy, and other quantitative fields have spent their summers with DSSG, a University of Chicago summer program to train aspiring data scientists to work on data mining, machine learning, big data, and data science projects with social impact. Fellows work with non-profit and government partners around the world and each of the more than 60 projects to date have helped these organisations do more with data, improving their services, interventions and outreach so that they can fulfil their mission of bettering the world and people’s lives.
What is coming in 2019?
Last year was the first truly global year of the initiative, with coordinated programs running simultaneously in Chicago and Portugal. A total of 38 fellows and 10 projects created data-driven solutions for critical challenges such as workplace safety, early diabetes screening, repeated incarceration, traffic fatalities and injuries, student dropout, and tenant harassment with partners in El Salvador, Indonesia, Chile, Croatia, Italy, and the United States. Several past DSSG projects have been implemented by project partners and additional organisations long after the summer ended.
The 2019 programme will run for 12 weeks and we are seeking sponsors, challenge owners/project partners, fellows, technical mentors and project managers to get involved with DSSG 2019.