Data for Good Exchange Registration is Open
August 27, 2015
In September, the 70th United Nations General Assembly will discuss issues that affect the world we live in, ranging from climate change and preservation, to human trafficking and international drug control. In order to advance the work around these important subjects, Bloomberg will host the first annual Data for Good Exchange on September 28th in itsNew York headquarters.
The Data for Good Exchange aims to jumpstart the conversation between those who have the greatest potential to tackle these problems—the data science community and tech-enabled non-profits. The full-day event will include workshop sessions and notable keynote speakers who will share the challenges, successes and future vision of data science applied to solve society’s greatest trials. The event will focus on four sectors that have the greatest potential to realize the benefits of data science—government innovation, environment, public health and education.
Among our distinguished keynote speakers, we will welcome Dr. Kelly Henning, who leads Bloomberg Philanthropies‘ Public Health programs. She will talk about Data for Health, a $100 million initiative by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Australian government, which will enable countries to vastly improve public health data collection – ultimately helping address public health problems. Working with partners including the CDC Foundation, Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, Union North America and the University of Melbourne – over the next four years, Data for Health aims to help more than one billion people in 20 countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. With this information and training in data analysis participating countries will be able to turn insights from data into public policy, and direct resources to specific targeted issues affecting public health.
“On one side of the equation, we have organizations that are experts in providing human services, such as aid and development projects. On the other, we have data scientists who excel at extracting crucial information from large amounts of data,” says Gideon Mann, Head of Data Science at Bloomberg. “By bringing these two highly-specialized groups together in the same room, we hope to create a cohesion that allows them to work together to provide accurate and detailed data to help solve our world’s most pressing problems.”
Watch the video below for more about the Data for Good Exchange, and keep checking in on our event website – specific workshop sessions and a full lineup of speakers will be available soon.