DrivenData: data science competitions for social good

For those of you who are interested in data science challenges or perhaps even already participated in data science competitions on Kaggle.com for instance will be happy to learn that a website hosts data science competitions for social good.

This website, DrivenData.org, founded by 3 brilliant people tackles the world’s biggest social challenges by hosting online competitions where top data scientists compete to come up with the best statistical model.

Competitions are diverse in the sense that they address several social problems. You can, for example:

  • Help reduce water shortage in developing countries by predicting which water pumps are likely to be faulty.
  • Help the United Nations to optimize their development resources by predicting changes in main economic and social indicators. This will increase the global development of under-developed countries.
  • Improve health through an increased blood donations rate by predicting whether a donor will return to donate blood given their donation history.
  • And many more, ranging from education to politics and food safety.

Some competitions are just for fun, meaning that they are hosted for the sake of learning and progressing in the world of data for good. Other competitions offer prizes in cash, ranging from $1,000 to $15,000.

Feel free to visit DrivenData to learn more and make sure to participate in one of the competitions to sharpen your data science skills and increase your social footprint. For those of you who are new to online data science competitions, the predicting blood donations challenge is a great one to start as it is the least complex and smallest data set on DrivenData.

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