Data Science + Social Impact
DrivenData works on projects at the intersection of data science and social impact, in areas like international development, health, education, research and conservation, and public services. We want to give more organizations access to the capabilities of data science, and engage more data scientists with social challenges where their skills can make a difference.
We’ve worked with more than 35 organizations across 50+ projects, many of these made possible by the amazing efforts of the DrivenData community. Check out some examples below!
Partners: Yelp, Harvard University, City of Boston
Combined Yelp data with Boston’s open data on past inspections to predict public health risks at restaurants. An algorithmic approach discovers 25% more violations.Case Study →
Partners: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Arcus Foundation
Identified wildlife in video footage—automatically and at scale—by running a global algorithm development challenge and building an open source application with the winning solution.Project Page →
Partners: IDEO.org, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Airtel
Analyzed millions of mobile money records to uncover patterns in behavior, and then combined these insights with human-centered design to shape new approaches to delivering mobile money to low-income populations in Tanzania.Case Study →
What we do
DrivenData brings the transformative power of data science to organizations attacking our world’s greatest challenges.
We find real world questions where data science can have positive social impact, then run online modeling competitions for data scientists to develop the best models to solve them.
Social impact organizations are tackling hard questions where harnessing data can make a huge difference. But they often struggle to access the tools and the talent.
Driven by a desire for quantifiable impact, organizations are gathering more and more data about how they operate and who they're helping. If this sounds like your organization, reach out to us or read more about how we work with organizations.
Data science professionals, students, and researchers are constantly on the lookout for interesting, real-world projects.
We engage experienced and aspiring data scientists to solve pressing problems for mission-driven organizations. Competitors get experience with real-world problems and a proven track record of results.
Advancing Data for Good
Competitions aren't right for every problem. For more flexible data and machine learning needs or sensitive data sources, we have our own team of experienced data scientists to take the case.
Since starting this platform, we’ve seen a lot of data science in the wild. As the field develops, it’s becoming increasingly important to organize data science work so that it’s easy to reproduce and build upon. We’ve done a lot of thinking, writing, and speaking on this topic.
The impact of a data competition shouldn’t end when submissions close. At DrivenData all of the prize-winning solutions from past competitions are openly available on GitHub for anyone to learn and build from.
DrivenData also maintains a number of popular open source projects for the data science, machine learning, and software engineering communitites. Take a look through and feel free to contribute!
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