I’m excited to announce that the Midwest has been selected for the first Code for America Brigade region. The Midwest Regional Brigade program will support existing Code for America brigade cities as well as work to expand the number of Brigade cities in the region. I’m also excited to announce that Code for America has signed with CivicWhitaker to help manage the new program.
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be working with the Data Science for Social Good fellowship to help tell the story of this great program. Here’s an expert from their website about the program.
The Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good fellowship is a University of Chicago summer program for aspiring data scientists to work on data mining, machine learning, big data, and data science projects with social impact.
Working closely with governments and nonprofits, fellows take on real-world problems in education, health, energy, transportation, and more.
For three months in Chicago they apply their coding and analytics skills, collaborate in a fast-paced atmosphere, and learn from mentors coming from industry, academia, and the Obama campaign.
The 2014 program will bring 48 aspiring data scientists from across the country to Chicago. They are graduate and undergraduate students from quantitative and computational fields – from computer science to machine learning to statistics to public policy.
Keep an eye out on the DSSG blog to keep up with the fellows progress for the next few months.
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