Time for the Spring 2017
The Data Charrette is a biannual service event in which professionals, students, and community members from a wide range of fields – computer science, data science, math and statistics, business, biology, public health, graphic design, and the social and behavioral sciences, among others – collaborate with local nonprofit service organizations on data analysis. Over the course of two days, they take the project through the complete data science cycle: obtaining data, scrubbing/manipulating data, exploring/visualizing data, modeling data, and interpreting the results of their analyses. At the end of the event, the nonprofit receives a complete analysis, all visualizations and code, and a template for continuing the work so they can continue to improve the services that they provide.
The Data Charrette follows the examples set by the globally-oriented organization, DataKind.org and the wonderful, student-run A2 Data Dive of the University of Michigan, as well as our own experience with previous iterations of this event.
What makes the Data Charrette unique is that it is hosted by an undergraduate institution – Utah Valley University – with an emphasis on including non-technical students, professionals, and community members. We’ve learned from our experience that the ability to frame questions, coordinate activities, facilitate communication, and make the results interpretable and useful – which can be done by people from any background – are as important as the technical aspects of data manipulation and statistical modeling. What this means is that people with little or no experience in working with data are fully encouraged to come and participate, along with the coders, analysts, and designers.
(We’ll mention that while it is possible to set up instances of AWS servers and do artificial neural networks at this event, that is something that would be left to the discretion of individual participants. As with the most data science, the vast majority of work at the Data Charrette is spent on cleaning, organizing, and exploring data in the not-so-exotic environment of everyday spreadsheets. On the other hand, SQL, Bash, SPSS, R, and Python are always welcome!)
We’re thrilled to announce that for the spring 2017 Data Charrette, we will be partnering with two outstanding, Salt Lake City nonprofits:
- Utah Pride Center, which exists to support a thriving LGBTQ+ community in Utah.
- Spy Hop, a nationally-recognized program for youth media programming.
Thanks to our partner, datalab.cc, everybody who registers for the charrette will receive free access to their video courses on data science, R, SPSS, survey design, and data visualization.
The spring 2017 edition of the Data Charrette will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22. Thanks to our friends at V School, we’ll be able to share their space at 150 S State Street in beautiful downtown Salt Lake City. (They are located on the third floor of the Impact Hub co-working space.) And thanks to a generous grant from the Office of Engaged Learning at UVU, participation will be free. Lunch, snacks, and drinks will also be provided. And, in a tradition with our earlier charrettes, we will give away two iPad minis, one on each day! This is a bring-your-own-gear event, so make sure you have your laptops and your favorite software. And don’t forget to bring your insight and enthusiasm!
Days & Times: Friday, 21 April 2017, from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturday, 22 April 2016, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You can come one day or both days, and you come and go as you please. We’re happy to have you there in any capacity.
Food: Free lunch, snacks, and drinks, thanks to UVU and V School!
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If you would like more information, please email Barton Poulson at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also see our past events on Twitter.