August 23, 2019
The final presentations for the UBC Data Science for Social Good program wrapped up on August 22 and concludes the third iteration of this program at UBC. This year, eight undergraduates and four graduate students selected from diverse backgrounds (e.g., sociology, polictical science, pyschology, computer science, statistics, mathematics, economics, business, land & food systems) participated in the program. Students worked in teams of three on four projects sponsored by public organizations including the BC Centre for Disease Control, City of Surrey, Metro Vancouver, and the National Energy Board of Canada. Over this past summer, the teams wraggled with various public and private data sets to develop tools, visualizations, and exploratory analyses for the project sponsors. In all instances, the final products developed by the students is being adopted by the project sponsors--in one shape or another--and represents the most successful year of this program so far and augers well for what Year Four will bring in the summer of 2020!