Data for Good, inspired by DataKind.org, is the Canadian voice for data scientists with a conscience. Data for Good Ottawa brings together leading volunteer 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".
Data for Good hosts “DataThon" events as well as longer term project engagements. A DataThon is a weekend event that matches up selected social organizations 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 social organizations at the end of the event. These services are completely free for the participants and serve to energize, educate, and provide direct benefit to the organizations, as well as to enlighten social sector groups about the power of being data-driven.