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DATA DIVE by DataKind



Save the weekend! We're having our DataDive on the weekend of 13-15 April!


A DataDive is a weekend-long event where non-profit organizations work alongside data science volunteers, developers and designers to analyze data to gain insight into their programs, the communities they serve and more. Unlike a hackathon, there is no competition and no winner; instead, everyone is working towards the common goal of helping the non-profit organizations be more effective at what they do.

Check out the project statements for each organization below:

Community Justice Centre + Law Society of Singapore Pro Bono Services +

(1) We want to use demographic data of clients (people who come to seek free legal advice) to gain insights of the recent trends so as to cater to the needs of the community better.
(2) We want to use anonymized case information of clients to classify them into case types using machine learning.
(3) We want to use anonymized case information of clients to generate FAQ for common case types.

Effective Altruism Singapore

EffectiveGiving.Asia is a project that seeks to find effective charities in SE Asia. We want to continue the web scraping exercise to provide more baseline data to be used in the project.
We want to use the scraped dataset to find insights/trends so that EA SG can implement their project better.

Special thanks to Expedia ( for being our venue sponsor!


Friday, Apr 13th

7 pm: Doors open, sign-in (we're on the 6th floor!)
7.30 pm: Introduction to Non-Profit Organizations and Data challenge
8.15 pm: Meet and greet, team forming
9 pm: Close for the night

It's a great chance to learn about the non-profits and their data, meet the other volunteers you'll be working and talk with others from our partner causes!

Saturday, Apr 14th

9 am: Doors open, sign-in
9.30 am: a Brief review from Team leads, then data diving!
12.30 pm: Lunch
1 pm: Open Roundtables
6 pm: Dinner
9 pm: Everybody goes home for the night

Saturday we'll start work on the data! DataDivers will choose which problems they'd like to work on and form teams around their individual questions. There will be roving DataKind project team leads who will help advise on and manage the projects throughout the day.

Sunday, Apr 15th

9 am: Doors open, sign-in
9.30am: a Brief review from Team leads, then data diving!
12.00 pm: Lunch
1 pm: Prepare presentation
2 pm: Team presentations
3 pm: Another successful DataDive in the books!

This is your chance to show the world what you have done with data, and for our non-profit partners to better understand what your team did! These presentations can be single or group work, but they can be no longer than 10 minutes each. We want to give everyone a chance to speak, and get people out at a reasonable time.

Other items of note for the weekend

We held a DataLearn on reproducible research. Volunteers attending the DataDive are encouraged to setup Docker for the DataDive. If you've missed the DataLearn session, you can watch the video here (

Volunteers at all levels are welcome throughout the weekend. If you're already a pro, we're looking for some subject-area experts to help with project preparation and be resources throughout the DataDive.

Unlike a hackathon, the goal is not (necessarily) to create an app, and it is not a competition. Instead, the objective is to work with teams of experts to understand a difficult problem through data. You could end up with a visualization, an analysis, some graphs, or even just some new datasets by the end of the event, and all of those are fantastic results!

There is a Github repository setup to use for sharing code and analyses during the event. This will be our primary resource for capturing everything developed at the DataDive, so please use it for sharing and collaboration.

You do not have to stay the entire weekend to participate in the event. We hope that you will find a project you can dig into, but you are always welcome to come and go as you please.

You do not have to work on the same project for the whole weekend. Again, we hope that you will find a project to work on to completion, but if at any point you feel like you want to change simply let the DataKind project team lead for your team know.

We do not provide any hardware or software for you to use. We'll have the data and some services set up (Trello, slack, Github), but otherwise, you should bring your own laptop and come ready to use whatever data tools you like.

What should you bring?

• Your laptop + power
• A water bottle to refill
• Lots of energy and enthusiasm!

See you there!

Earlier Event: April 5
What is 'social impact'?
Later Event: June 23