On Sunday September 25th 2016, we will reconvene to strengthen our community and further these aims. The overall theme for this year’s edition will be “better governance” or how data science can be applied to solve public interest problems.
The data revolution has enabled businesses to provide better service, at a lower cost, and to more customers, at a scale of change not seen since the industrial revolution. While the corporate sector has effectively engaged the academic community in their problems, public and non-profit sectors have seen comparatively less application of data science methods.
Since 2014, Bloomberg has been hosting this yearly conference on applications of data science to problems related to the social good. This forum has enabled participants from academia, industry, government and NGOs to share insights and progress on applying modern machine learning and data science methods to problems in public and non-profit sectors.
Registration is now open.
Authors: Adibhatla, Varun; Fan, Shi; Atwater, Patrick; Affiliation: ARGO Labs, NYU Center for Data Science, ARGO Labs
Title of paper:Digitizing Municipal Street Inspections Using Computer Vision
Authors: Adrian Benton, Braden Hancock, Glen Coppersmith, John W Ayers, Mark Dredze; Affiliation: Johns Hopkins University, Stanford, Qntfy, San Diego State University, Johns Hopkins University
Title of paper:After Sandy Hook Elementary: A Year in the Gun Control Debate on Twitter
Authors: Ahu Yildirmaz; Affiliation: ADP
Title of paper: Using Big Data to Decode Private Sector Wage Growth
Authors: Alejandro Noriaga, Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, Ira Winder, Nina Lutz, Luis Alonso; Affiliation: MIT Media Lab
Title of paper: Analysis of Tourism Dynamics and Special Events through Mobile Phone Metadata
Authors: Amy Ruppeck; Affiliation: Director, Global Anti-Money Laundering Investigations, Western Union
Title of paper: Fighting Human Trafficking with Data Analysis
Authors: Chris Callison-Burch, Ellie Pavlick; Affiliation: Upenn
Title of paper: The Gun Violence Database
Authors: Cyrus Vance, Jr, Yurie Ito, Jacob Olcott; Affiliation: New York Country District Attorney, Executive Director, Cyber Green, Vice President, Business Development, BitSight Technologies
Title of paper: Eliminating Cyber Threat Whack-a- Mole: Developing a Risk Based Approach
Authors: David Ory, Stephen Granger-Bevan; Affiliation: Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Title of paper: A Functioning Beta Solution to the Challenge of Opening Transit Payment System Transaction Data
Authors: Elena Alfaro Martinez, Maria Hernandez Rubio, Roberto Maestre Martinez, Juan Murillo Arias, Dario Patane, Amanda Zerbe, Robert Kirkpatrick, Miguel Luengo-Oroz; Affiliation: BBVA Data & Analytics, BBVA Data & Analytics, BBVA Data & Analytics, BBVA Data & Analytics, BBVA Data & Analytics, United Nations Global Pulse, United Nations Global Pulse, United Nations Global Pulse
Title of paper: Measuring Economic Resilience to Natural Disasters with Big Economic Transaction Data
Authors: Gaurav Paruthi, Enrique Frias-Martinez, Vanessa Frias-Martinez; Affiliation: iSchool, University of Michigan, Telefonica Research, Madrid, Spain, iSchool, University of Maryland
Title of paper: The Role of Rating and Loan Characteristics in Online Microfunding Behavior
Authors: Iana Aranda, Rob Goodier, Laura MacDonald; Affiliation: Engineering for Change, Engineering for Change, Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology
Title of paper: TMI! How Knowledge Platforms Tame the Information Overload and Advance Global Development Through Technology
Authors: Jackson Kimani , Rob Waterworth ; Affiliation: The Clinton Foundation- Regional Director, Interim Director- moja global
Title of paper: Moja global: a new approach to measuring greenhouse gas emissions brings potential for improved governance
Authors: Jacob Abernethy, Cyrus Anderson, Chengyu Dai, Arya Farahi, Linh Van Nguyen, Adam Rauh, Eric Schwartz, Guangsha Shi, Jonathan Stroud, XInyu Tan, Jared Webb, Sheng Yang, Wenbo Shen; Affiliation: University of Michigan
Title of paper:Flint Water Crisis: Data-Driven Risk Assessments From Residential Water Testing Data
Authors: Justin Erlich, Sundeep Pattem, Ilana Parmer; Affiliation: Office of the CA Attorney General
Title of paper: How Open Data Can Make us Smarter on Crime
Authors: Juan Francisco Saldarriaga, David A. King; Affiliation: Columbia University, Arizona State University
Title of paper: Access to Taxicabs for Unbanked Households: An Exploratory Analysis in New York City
Authors: John W. Ayers, Benjamin M. Althouse, Eric C. Leas, Ted Alcorn, Mark Dredze; Affiliation: San Diego State University, Sante Fe Institute, UC San Diego, Everytown for Gun Safety, Johns Hopkins University
Title of paper: Big Media Data Can Inform Gun Violence Prevention
Authors: John Amos, Crystal Davis, Max Bruner, David Klein; Affiliation: CEO, SkyTruth, Director, Global Forest Watch, CEO, Mavrx, Inc., Director of AI, Conservation Metrics, Inc.
Title of paper: Geospatial data networks for governance of global biodiversity exploitation
Authors: James Kizer, Arnaud Sahuguet, Neil Lakin, Michael Carroll, JP Pollak, Deborah Estrin; Affiliation: The Foundry @ Cornell Tech, The Small Data Lab @ Cornell Tech
Title of paper: Internet Scale Research Studies using SDL-Rx
Authors: Jacob Abernethy, Cyrus Anderson, Chengyu Dai, John Dryden, Eric Schwartz, Wenbo Shen, Jonathan Stroud, Laura Wendlandt, Sheng Yang, Daniel Zhang; Affiliation: Michigan Data Science Team
Title of paper: Data Science in Service of Performing Arts: Applying Machine Learning to Predicting Audience Preferences
Authors: Kathleen McKeown, Owen Rambow, Jamie MacBeth; Affiliation: Columbia University, Columbia University, Fairfield University
Title of paper: Using Natural Language Processing and Qualitative Analysis to Intervene in Gang Violence: A Collaboration Between Social Work Researchers and Data Scientists
Authors: Katie OConnell, Mackenzie Madden, Dr. Sheri Davis-Faulkner; Affiliation: Westside Communities Alliance
Title of paper: Data Accessibility as a Pathway to Genuine Equality for Atlantics Westside Communities (demo)
Authors: Katie O’Connell, Yeji Lee, Firaz Peer, Shawn M. Staudaher, Alex Godwin, Mackenzie Madden, Ellen Zegura; Affiliation: Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Wyoming
Title of paper: Making Public Safety Data Accessible in the Westside Atlanta Data Dashboard
Authors: Kristyna Tomsu, Alexis; Affiliation: Real Impact Analytics, Eggermont
Title of paper: Telecom data for efficient malaria interventions
Authors: Kyle Protho, Amy Ruppeck; Affiliation: Western Union
Title of paper: Moving Money for Better: The Role of Data Analytics in Western Union’s Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative
Authors: Larry Rudolph, Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, Jinhua Zhao, Haris N. Koutsopolous; Affiliation: MIT/Two Sigma LP, MIT Media Lab, Northeastern
Title of paper: Managing travel demand: Location recommendation for system efficiency based on mobile phone data
Authors: Lester King; Affiliation: Rice University
Title of paper: Public Intervention Strategies for Distressed Communities
Authors: Marasi Mwencha, James Rosen; Affiliation: John Snow, Inc., Avenir Health
Title of paper: Better Data Visibility & Data Use Result in Lower Cost and Improved Performance in Medicine Supply Chains
Authors: Melissa Marsh, Ingrid Erickson, Jonah Bleckner; Affiliation: PLASTARC, Rutgers University, PLASTARC
Title of paper: Transforming building industry and health outcomes through social data-supported design
Authors: Nadine Levick; Affiliation: EMS Safety Foundation
Title of paper: iRescU – Data for Social Good Saving Lives Bridging the Gaps in Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival
Authors: Neal Jean; Affiliation: Stanford University
Title of paper: Combining satellite imagery and machine learning to predict poverty
Authors: Nicholas Johnson, Anthony Schloss; Affiliation: University of Warwick & NYU CUSP, Red Hook Initiative
Title of paper: The Quantified Community at Red Hook: Urban Sensing and Citizen Science in Low-Income Neighborhoods
Authors: Olga Ianiuk, Eve Ahearn; Affiliation: Enigma
Title of paper: Harnessing the Potential of the American Community Survey
Authors: Panthea Lee, Jeffrey O’Malley, Merrick Schaefer, Tariq Khokhar; Affiliation: Principal, Reboot, Director, Data, Research and Policy, UNICEF, Lead, Development Informatics, USAID, Data Scientist, The World Bank
Title of paper: Development Data Visionaries: The Future of Data Work at Aid Agencies
Authors: Patrick Atwater, Christopher Tull, Eric Schmitt, Drew Atwater, Joone Lopez, Varun Adibhatla ; Affiliation: California Data Collaborative, California Data Collaborative,Moulton Niguel Water District, ARGO Labs
Title of paper: Transforming how water is managed in the West
Authors: Peyman Noursalehi, Haris N. koutsopoulos; Affiliation: Northeastern University
Title of paper: Real-time Predictive Analytics for Improving Public Transportation Systemsâ€™ Resilience
Authors: Rasmi Elasmar; Affiliation: Columbia University
Title of paper: Analytics for Cities (Talk/Demo)
Authors: Rimas Gulbinas, Clay Teeter, Ed Clark; Affiliation: Cornell Tech, Maalka, ZGF Architects
Title of paper: How to Engage Citizens in Large Scale Sustainability Initiatives
Authors: Sarah Knudson, Srijita Sarkar, Abhik Ray; Affiliation: University of Saskatchewan, University of Saskatchewan, ESPN, Inc.
Title of paper: Connecting Data Science and Qualitative Interview Insights through Sentiment Analysis to Assess Migrants’ Emotion States Post-Settlement
Authors: Scarlett Swerdlow, Steven Lee, Kelly Kreft, Ola Topczewska; Affiliation: Civis Analytics, Robin Hood Foundation
Title of paper: Closing the Participation Gap in Anti-Poverty Programs Through Data Science
Authors: Simone, Andel; Zachary, Jacob; Affiliation: Brody, Koester, Markovits, Phillips
Title of paper: Moving the Needle: What Works Cities and the use of data and evidence
Authors: Steve Rees, Mary Perry; Affiliation: School Wise Press, K12 Measures
Title of paper: Education Stats Made Visible To Help District Managers Plan
Authors: Timothy A.A. Stiles, Kate Krukiel, Robert Kirkpatrick, Mary Bridger, Traci Gusher; Affiliation: KPMG Global Chair, Microsoft, UN Global Pulse, Plan International, KPMG Managing Director Data & Analytics
Title of paper: Decoding the SDGs: Data Solutions for Acheiving the Sustainable Development Goals
Authors: Unaiza Ahsan, Oleksandra Sopova, Wes Stayton, Bistra Dilkina; Affiliation: Georgia Tech, Kansas State University, Georgia Tech
Title of paper: Interactive tool to prioritize housing options for refugee resettlement
Authors: Wessley Merten, Adam Reyer, Jackie Savitz, John Amos, Paul Woods, Brian Sullivan; Affiliation: Oceana, SkyTruth, Google
Title of paper: Global Fishing Watch: Bringing transparency to global fisheries
Authors: Yasmin Chandani, Elizabeth A. Bunde, PhD, Wambui Waithaka, Eric Wakaria, James Riungu, Judith Njumwah-Kariuki, Alexis Strader; Affiliation: John Snow, Inc.
Title of paper:A Case in Kenya: Unlocking bottlenecks in public health supply chains through data dashboards and enhanced governance structures
Authors: Zhengyi Zhou, Philipp Meerkamp, Chris Volinsky; Affiliation: AT&T Labs Research, Bloomberg LP
Title of paper:Quantifying urban traffic anomalies
- Government Innovation:
- How do we empower local leaders with the data science tools they need to make effective decisions?
- What needs to be in place for a city before data science can be applied?
- What role does open data play in these solutions?
- How should a city interact with “citizen hackers”?
- Click here to download the accepted submissions for Government Innovation
- How can we use data science to understand pressing environmental problems like climate change and overfishing?
- How can we use data science to mitigate or remediate environmental problems?
- Click here to download the accepted submissions for Environment
- Public Health:
- How do we raise the global quality of life by addressing public health challenges?
- How can we pinpoint the places intervention would be most effective?
- Click here to download the accepted submissions for Public Health
- How do we teach data science more effectively?
- How can data science tools contribute to a science education?
- Click here to download the accepted submissions for Education
2016 Press Links
While the 2016 election season has been contentious around hot topics such as gun safety, climate change and public spending, there is one thing that constituents can all agree on—data science has an enormous potential to solve the government’s most pressing social problems. Read more
Bloomberg’s third annual Data for Good Exchange will focus on how data science can be applied to the public interest. Read more
Drew encouraged by the maturation of the Data for Good movement. Read more
These are the prepared remarks given on the occasion of the Robert Kahn distinguished lecture at The City College of New York on 5/22/16. Read more
Bloomberg shares program committee for 2016 Data for Good Exchange and encourages paper submissions demonstrating applications of data science that can help solve problems for the social good. Read more
D4GX is part of a long Bloomberg tradition of advocacy for using data science and human capital to solve problems at the core of society. Read more
2015 Press Links
Dr. Kelly Henning, who leads public health initiatives for Bloomberg Philanthropies, opened D4GX 2015 with a keynote about data science and public health. Read more
Bloomberg’s Chief Technology Officer Shawn Edwards, Global Head of R&D Vlad Kliatchko, and Head of Data Science Gideon Mann share insights from #D4GX. Read more
“The Data for Good Exchange will be an excellent forum for the data science community, government officials and the NGO world to come together to figure out what we can do better and more effectively when it comes to the use of data in our daily work,” said Wise. Read more
Registration is open for Bloomberg’s 2015 Data for Good Exchange in NYC on September 28. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Dr. Kelly Henning joins as one of the distinguished keynote speakers. Read more
The 2015 Data for Good Exchange is shaping up to be one of the can’t-miss events of the year for data scientists, academics, researchers, policy makers, NGOs and non-for-profits. Read more
At DataKind, we are humbled by the thousands of data scientists worldwide that have reached out to us, ready to use their skills for the greater good. Read more
The growing use of big data by humanitarian groups prompted UNICEF and Bloomberg to take a step to advance such work by creating a researcher-in-residence job at the charity’s New York headquarters. Read more
We are thrilled to announce a collaboration with UNICEF to establish a researcher-in-residence position at UNICEF that will seek to expand the impact data science can have on global children’s initiatives. Read more
Bloomberg understands the impact open data can have on business and society. Read more
We believe that better access to information is both good business and good for society. Read more
At Bloomberg, we believe that equal access to information is a social good; it is a principle fundamentally linked to good business. Our founder, Mike Bloomberg, applied this principle to democratize the opaque capital markets, using cutting edge data and technology to open access to information. Read more
2014 KDD Press Links
KDD at Bloomberg: Wrap Up
On Sunday, August 24, a crowd of nearly 700 people – including prominent data scientists, policy makers and non- and for-profit leaders from around the world – gathered at our global headquarters in New York City with one goal in mind: unleashing the power of data for good. Read more
VIDEOS: KDD at BLOOMBERG Speaker Round-Up
With over 700 attendees — including prominent data scientists, policy makers and non- and for-profit leaders from around the world – the event also featured live talks by over a dozen global thought leaders. Read more
Creating Social Impact At Scale: Dan Doctoroff’s Keynote At KDD
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to more than 2,000 data scientists, researchers, academics, and technologists at the KDD Conference in New York. The theme of this year’s conference was how to harness data science for social good. Read more
Unleashing the Power of Data For Good
Humans solve problems by identifying the common patterns that can unlock similarities, explain differences, and relate diverse facts into a coherent whole. As the number of sources of information grows, systems become more complex, and… Read more
Unleashing Data For Impact
On August 24, 2014, we will be partnering with the Association of Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group for Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining (ACM SIGKDD) to host “Unleash Data: Accelerate Impact – KDD at Bloomberg.” Read more
Kelly Henning, M.D. – Public Health Programs, Bloomberg Philanthropies
Shawn Edwards – Chief Technology Officer, Bloomberg L.P.
Vlad Kliatchko – Global Head of R&D, Bloomberg L.P.
Gideon Mann – Head of Data Science, Bloomberg L.P.