Can Big Data Save the World?
Join Jake Porway and ODTUG at Kscope14 to find out.
Monday, June 23, 8:30 a.m.
Jake Porway brings people together, and he’s built a business around his impeccable matchmaking skills. But the purpose is data, not dating. A former data scientist in the New York Times R&D lab, Porway connects nonprofits, NGOs, and other data-rich social change organizations with like-minded philanthropic data scientists from around the world who want to use big data to change—and maybe even save—the world.
You can learn more about Porway, his company DataKind™(formerly Data Without Borders), and intruiging answers to ordinary questions at KScope14’s keynote session on Monday, June 23.
Just what is a data scientist? Data scientists are a new kind of digital explorer, and DataKind™ is a league of extraordinary geeks, if you will, volunteering their time and talents to help social organizations tap into the wealth of digital information that’s teeming under the surface of code. “Data is like a bucket of crude oil,” says Porway. “Potentially great, but only if someone knows how to refine it (data scientists) and someone else has vehicles that will run on it (the social sector).”
Porway is both a scientist and a coder, equally excited to pioneer the next machine learning algorithm as he is to optimize the code to run it. He hopes to make machines smarter—and he looks for new ways to help machines make sense of things, for the greater good. In other words, he’s a lot like the people who attend Kscope conferences.
In this keynote session, Porway explains what big data is, how it's being used around the world—and why we should care. He’ll also explore how to become data-driven: engaging and deeply accessible, he offers practical wisdom, drawing from cool forward-thinking projects, on how organizations and individuals can adapt in the big data age. He illustrates the importance of asking good questions before looking at data, acknowledges and outlines the inherent biases in data, and advocates for subject matter experts. He shows how the use of data visualization is a process instead of just for “pretty pictures.”
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