Founder and Executive Director


12:00 – 1:15pm | Room E51-095
70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

RSVP here by Monday, March 19th. Lunch will be provided.

Description: Data science can help provide individuals and smaller organizations with the tools and insights needed to champion causes, ensure more democratic governance, and exert greater influence on policy in pursuit of a better world. Jake will talk about DataKind’s work in applying data science and artificial intelligence in support of these efforts: from stopping hate sites from manipulating search results to protecting the rights of tenants and fair housing to preventing corruption in the extractives industry by detecting illegal mining.

Jake Porway has spent nearly a decade working alongside the nonprofit community to drive social change with the power of data science. Before founding DataKind, he worked as a data scientist for the New York Times R&D Lab and as a research scientist studying machine learning and probabilistic modeling with NASA, the Office of Naval Research and other government agencies. Jake holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA.

DataKind is a global nonprofit that engages pro bono data scientists and social change organizations worldwide to collaborate on projects addressing critical humanitarian problems. DataKind and its global community of more than 18,000 data science volunteers, social change-makers, and funding partners has completed over 250 projects since its launch in 2011 and provided pro bono data science support to nearly 200 organizations worldwide.

The Data Science to Solve Social Problems series features
practitioners who are applying data science techniques to real-world
social problems. This series aims to promote dialogue and collaboration
between social scientists and data analysts / engineers working on
innovative projects. For more information on speakers and to get
involved, contact us at