THANK YOU to everyone who contributed presentations and conversations for this Data Science Festival Data4Good Meetup hosted by TIBCO January 22nd! On this page we have posted the presentations with the bios and abstracts of the presenters below as well as the full recordings of the presentations. Use this page as a reference to review and share any info you may have missed or want to review again. We certainly hope you got inspired at this Data4Good Meetup!

David Loughlan and Heleen Snelting welcoming speakers and audience at the TIBCO office in London

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TIBCO is passionate about Data4Good – read on our TIBCO Community and Web Site about the various projects we contribute. I personally like the Tipping Point project or the analysis of the opioid crisis which is very relevant today. And for the London community, please sign up here for the March 4th launch event of One-Step-Forward a project where we work together with volunteers, partners and charities to help those who are experiencing homelessness today and those who are on the verge of becoming homeless.

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There were 4 different Data4Good talks at the Meetup:

Slick, data-driven web-based tools to tackle Scotland’s agricultural pollution by Jonathan Bowes, Scottisch Environmental Protection Agency

Agricultural diffuse pollution in water courses is Scotland’s most common pollution pressure. This talk will discuss how the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) engineered an end-to-end paperless farm compliance inspection system to accelerate decision-making, reach compliance and reduce the impact on the environment without leaving field staff to battle with complex data.

Jonathan works as a senior specialist scientist in the Informatics Unit of the Scottish EPA focussing on spatial modelling, diffuse agricultural pollution and for the last 2 years developing IoT trials in the agency.

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Out of Africa: Data science for good by Anni Toner (Russell), The Data Shack

As data science is making its presence known in Africa, this talk will focus around how it is used in non-profit applications together with data science in large industry in order to alleviate some of the worst priority crime situations affecting wildlife and the beautiful people of Africa.  Topics will cover rhino poaching, social causes as well as white collar crime.

Anni is the group CEO for the Data Shack collective group of companies.  Passionate about data analytics and data science, she is especially fond of getting involved in not-for-profit, data science-for-good initiatives in Africa, helping with freelance work on anti-rhino poaching, network analytics on crime syndicates, analytics for funding and mentoring for woman/child welfare.

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Using data, analytics and technology to prevent concussion in impact sports by Richard Benson – Keytree

This talk will discuss PROTECHT mouthguards, a head impact management and monitoring system used to understand and prevent concussion in impact sports.  Built using data, PROTECHT is a world-first in professional sport and demonstrates the innovative use of technology in a non-traditional field to create meaningful outcomes.

Richard heads up the global Data Science practice at Keytree, and is responsible for developing a global capability in order to deliver value from data for customers. In 2014, he founded an innovative start-up focussed on applying hardware accelerated techniques to all fields of unstructured data analytics.

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Ethical Digital: A Learning Journey by Caitlin McDonald, Leading Edge Forum

We’re not fighting a battle on tech ethics: we’re fighting a battle on ethics, period. Ethics is a hot-button of discussion for the tech industry right now, including rapidly developing fields around artificial intelligence, machine learning and automated decision systems.  This talk will focus on why this is important and discuss the key risks on the battlefield for tech ethics.

Caitlin is the Leading Edge Forum’s resident Digital Anthropologist. She helps business leaders and teams learn to step outside their version of ‘normal,’ suspend judgement, and consider things from many different perspectives. This gives businesses the leading edge through boosting customer empathy, finding new solutions to old problems, and enriching the insight power of big data through multidisciplinary approaches.

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