What we do

We are a non-profit organization that brings together volunteer work with associations that benefit from using data in their daily activities. 

 

Who are beneficiaries

We call Beneficiaries all institutions that work on projects with social impact, such as charities, public administration and non-profits.

These institutions are expected to have:

Problems to solve

Your challenges are our starting point. We are looking to solve the most pressing problems that can benefit from data analysis.

Collected data or potential to collect

Datasets contain relevant information from your business. That's where we will get hidden insights from.

Availability to collaborate

Project success is highly dependent on the commitment of the Beneficiary. (Ex: availability to clarify doubts, provide feedback).

Look at a project's pipeline

Here is how a typical project creation with a new beneficiary is structured

What do volunteers do?

Our goal is to build, through our volunteers, a strong network of socially responsible data enthusiasts, and promoting all the generated innovation for our beneficiaries. 

As a volunteer, our Lead Team intends to provide you with the possibility of:

Social good projects

Working on a data science project for a non-profit is the core of our volunteer work.

Events

Attending talks,
workshops and networking

Hackathons

Building a prototype application for a social challenge

Structure of the volunteer team for social good projects

For our social good projects,  we typically work with small teams of volunteers (4 to 6) with the following distribution:
  • 1 Project Lead (PL): responsible for tasks such as defining and distributing work packages, project timeline, reporting to beneficiary, project status report and being the point of communication with DSSG Lead Team.  
  • 2-4 Makers:  data scientists, data analysts, and other data enthusiasts): work on developing the project. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Volunteers

DSSG offers projects designed with and for charities, non-profits and public administration. Occasionally, we may offer projects in partnership with companies, if (and only if) the project has no profitability goals and significant social impact. We try to pick Beneficiaries whose mission is aligned with at least one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

When designing Projects, we give priority to the creation of value for the Beneficiary. Depending on the Beneficiary, value may be found in different stages of the Data Science pipeline, so each Project will be unique: while one may require a lot of data cleaning and visualization/exploration, another may be about developing predictive models. Transversal to all is our commitment to concrete deliverables. So developing (interactive) reports, web or smartphones apps is almost a given. 

 
 

A DSSG Volunteer Project Team consists of a Project Lead (PL) and Makers. There is a variable number of Volunteers (up to a maximum team size of 5 to 6 people). We promote very flat and informal team hierarchies, so think of Project Lead as a moderator, rather than a supervisor.  

Each person will get something different from this experience. Some people highlight the opportunity to use their skills for Social Good causes, while others value the networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities with other data enthusiasts. Projects are also a great way to pick up new skills in the best of the learning environments: the real world! 

What do you think you will gain from this experience?

To maximize Project delivery success and promote a balanced work rhythm, we usually settle on Projects with clearly defined goals and estimated durations of 2-3 months.

We expect Volunteers to be able to dedicate 2-3 hours per week to a Project. This weekly commitment is, of course, flexible: in certain weeks the Project itself may slow down a bit,  while in others you yourself may be extra caught up with work/school/life. If you will be less available on a specific week, just let your Project Manager and Team know ASAP, so they can plan in advance. 

Yes. Some teams work entirely remotely, while others combine working face to face with working remotely. This will be discussed and decided during both recruitment and Project Kick-Off. Regardless, we provide standard industry tools for remote development and collaboration (project management, code hosting, issue tracking, instant communication, video calling, etc).

Once the Project is over, we will have a feedback session with the Beneficiary. Within 6 months of Project completion, we will check in with the Beneficiary to evaluate how they have benefited from our Project. These insights will be shared with everyone involved in the Project.

Once the Project is completed, you will be invited to share your experience in the DSSG Blog, by writing a collaborative blog post with your team and the Beneficiary. You are encouraged to share this on your social networks. You will also be added to the Project’s Team on DSSG’s website and will receive a Certificate of this volunteering experience.

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