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Using data for good: a case study from DataKind UK

March 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This meetup is aimed at data scientists who want to learn about a real life example of using ‘data for good’.

It will go through what we learnt on our recently wrapped DataCorps project with The Welcome Centre food bank in Huddersfield.

The Welcome Centre is one of the largest food banks in the north of England. The number of people using food banks in the UK is only increasing – from tens of thousands to millions since 2010. Last year the Welcome Centre gave out enough food to provide 220,794 meals!

DataKind UK’s team of DataCorps volunteers worked with The Welcome Centre to build a machine learning model to help the centre’s support worker predict which of their clients were more likely to become dependent on the food bank’s food and other packs. Once identified, the support worker can intervene earlier and refer clients to other services to help prevent a crisis situation from worsening.

At the meetup, you’ll hear more about the team’s data discoveries, and what’s next for the Welcome Centre.

This project was a finalist in the category ‘Best use of data science to achieve social impact’ in the 2019 DatSci awards.

Meetup schedule:

6.30pm Doors open and registration
7pm Talks from the DataKind UK team
8pm Questions from the audience
8.30pm Have a beer and a chat!
9pm Finish

Find out more about The Welcome Centre: https://www.thewelcomecentre.org/

Find out more about the project:
https://www.datakind.org/projects/identifying-food-bank-dependency-early

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Venue

Skyscanner Quartermile One, 15 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9EN