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Data For Good Inaugural DataThon - HACK FOR HELPING OTHERS

Victor Anjos and Joy Robson

Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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* Who we are *

Data for Good, in affiliation with, is the Canadian voice for data scientists with a conscience. If you have a desire to stay at the forefront of technological innovation & positive social change, join us.

* What we do *

Data for Good, in affiliation with, brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations through a comprehensive, collaborative approach that leads to shared insights, greater understanding, and positive action through "data in the service of humanity". leads a community of pioneering data scientists with the talent, commitment, and energy to open doors & inspire a new way of using the skills and tools of corporations & governments, to meet the needs of the NFP/NGO and social innovation sector.

* How we do it *

By organizing & hosting weekend DataThon events such as this one.

A DataThon is a weekend event that matches up three (3) selected social organizations (that have well-defined data problems) with a team of volunteer data scientists to tackle their data-related
challenges over a 24-48 hours period.  The participants are housed & fed throughout the weekend event & the results are presented to the 3 social organizations at the end of the event.  Some may refer to these types of events as "Hack-a-Thons", etc.  These events are completely free for the participants and serve to energize, educate, and provide direct benefit to the NFP/NGO organizations, as well as to enlighten social sector groups about the power of being data-driven.

Specialties: Data Analysis, Volunteer Matching, Data Visualization, Data Science for Social and Civic Sector. 



What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Getting to the DataThon is quite easy.  We are located in the heart of Toronto, accessible by public transit (TTC) at Dundas Station.  The 505 streetcar will drop you off right at the door, as will the Yonge/University/Spadina line subway.

If you are biking here, there is ample space to park and lock up your bicycle in and around Yonge Dundas Square or at Ryerson University's grounds.

Finally, if you are driving, we recommend you park at the Ryerson Parking Garage located at 300 Victoria Street, just North of Dundas Street East (and East of Yonge).


What can/can't I bring to the event?

Definitely bring your exhuberance, laptop and any gear that makes you feel comfortable working for a full day.  We will be providing ALL the food, drinks, coffee, etc... that you can take in. 

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

We can be contacted either through our twitter account: @Data_for_Good


Through email: and  

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

As per the policies at Ryerson and the Ryerson DMZ, as well as the policies for the building as a whole, we do require EVERY participant to have their ticket printed or to use the Smartphone App to display the ticket when requested. 

Who are your sponsors / technology partners?

Currently, we have SAP, Semantria and Ryerson DMZ as sponsors.  Our major technology partner is Semantria who is giving us full access to their API (for full NLP analysis) for the entire day of the DataThon.

Will there be any prizes?

There will be a $100 cash prize for the best implementation of Sematria, granted that at least 3 teams are working with Semantria's API.

Who will be judging?

Our judges will consist of a panel of judges from Data For Good, each of our NGO/NFPs and any of our partners who have committed to prize money and/or awards.

Have questions about Data For Good Inaugural DataThon - HACK FOR HELPING OTHERS? Contact Victor Anjos and Joy Robson

When & Where

Ryerson DMZ at Yonge Dundas Square - Toronto
10 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON M5B

Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Victor Anjos and Joy Robson

Victor Anjos is an Architect at Viafoura leading all their Big Data initiatives. Victor is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a degree in Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics. He leads several meetup groups including the Toronto Cassandra Users Group and gives back to the community by focusing on Data for Good in his spare time. 

Joy Robson is the co-founder and Producer of Data for Good, in affiliation with DataKind. Elsewhere, Joy is a Management Consultant in marketing strategy & data-informed decision-making. Brands include:

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  News and Updates
2013-09-24 14:11:06

I figured that everyone would likely want to know what sort of things they might need at the DataThon...  So without trying to tip the balance and let anyone know any "secret" information prior to the event, here are some GREAT TO HAVEs and GREAT TO BRUSH UP ON...


  • laptop
  • power adapter
  • anything you generally need if you were to work remote



  • MySQL / MongoDB / Neo4J
  • Hortonworks Sandbox
  • R-Studio / Matlab



  • Data Visualization
  • Geo Location and Geo Tagging



2013-09-26 19:22:03

Keep your eyes open on Friday for a sneak peak in to the NFPs/NGOs that we'll be working with this Saturday... We'll be releasing the names of the organizations, as well as directing you to some extra (possibly relevant ;) datasets.

2013-09-27 08:55:30

Alright folks...

Our two NGOs are

They both have unique needs that we will be looking at tomorrow, and we have identified and tried to massage their data so that it is in the most user-friendly possible.

Please start educating yourself on some of the following so that you can think of ways to possibly combine their datasets with our NGOs' datasets.

Canada Open Data (Census and more)
Government of Ontario

City of Toronto

We will also have tutorials, representatives and idea, as well as Data Ambassadors at the event to help with any question.
And...  If you happen to have a friend who wasn't certain if they would make it, there is still a waitlist available that we will look at tonight and determine if we have enough space to accomodate.

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