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What is the program?

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The Uptake.org Data Fellows program is a six-month fellowship designed to connect data professionals at non-profits, foundations, and social enterprises to experts in data science and security. The fellowship begins with a week in Chicago where fellows meet with mentors, participate in workshops on topics in data science or security, and network with like-minded data-for-good professionals.

At social sector organizations, there’s often only one “data person” responsible for managing the organization’s data. Many are self-taught without much training or support from their resource-strained organizations. At Uptake.org, we aim to change that. We provide data-for-good professionals with the tools and community they need to solve big problems in the social sector.

Our Data Fellows program now has two tracks; Data Science and Data Security. Our Data Science fellows are focused on developing skills in machine learning and data product development; they’re trying to find ways to gain insight and build tools with data. Our Data Security fellows are focused on how to protect the sensitive data their organizations manage; they’re trying to ensure their systems, tools and operations are as secure as possible while overcoming the lack of resources or experience required to face today’s cyber threats.


Why you should apply:
Data Fellows

The fellowship is for experienced data leaders employed by nonprofits, social enterprises, and government agencies who want to improve their data science or security knowledge, skills and methodologies.

Data Fellows

We provide ongoing coaching and mentoring from Uptake’s core team as well as advisors from Uptake partners based on fellows’ needs, skills and preferences.

Data Fellows

You’ll join a network of data leaders and connect with other professionals in the “data for good” ecosystem.

Program Details

Uptake selects and mentors a cohort of Data Fellows biannually. The fellowship kicks off with a week of workshops,mentor meetings, and networking in Chicago and continues remotely for six months.. Fellows then re-convene for a Fellow Showcase Day in Chicago. Each fellow is expected to work on a project during the course of the fellowship, although we stress that this fellowship is primarily about skill development.


The Fellowship consists of four parts:
1

Mentor Matching

Fellows are matched with at least three experts from the Uptake team and from Carnegie Mellon University based on their needs. Mentor teams are data scientists, engineers and strategy gurus.

2

Workshop Week in Chicago

Fellows arrive for a week of workshops, networking events and one-on-one mentorings. Workshops include Agile Development in Data Science, Predictive Models in R, Protecting IoT, Hacking and Hunting, and more.

3

Ongoing Mentorship and Support

Mentors and fellows check in regularly for six months to continue their conversations and support that began in Chicago.

4

Fellow Showcase

Fellows return to Chicago to present the progress they’ve made over the course of the fellowship to their mentors and to the incoming class of new fellows.


What we’re looking for:
Data Fellows

Data Science Fellows

We’re looking for data scientists, analysts, and leaders at nonprofits, social enterprises, or government agencies that’ve been operating for two years or more. While your organization is sure to interest us, most of this fellowship centers on helping you grow as an individual.

We want individuals who:

  • Have experience building models. We expect most of our fellows to understand the use of R or Python.
  • Have sound quantitative skills, including the use of data analysis methodologies.
  • Are deeply passionate about using data science for social good.
  • Have great communication skills and want to connect with peers and experts in the data-for-good field.
  • Embody Uptake’s core values: clarity, curiosity, flexibility, industry and trust.
  • Are willing to commit to a six-month fellowship period with an in-person session from August 20-24, 2018. Travel expenses are covered by Uptake.

Data Security Fellows

With this new program, we’re looking for individuals tasked with ensuring the data your organization collects and manages is properly secured. While your organization is sure to interest us, most of this fellowship centers on helping you grow as an individual.

We’re seeking security leaders who:

  • Are concerned about the protection of their organization’s data.
  • Have technical skills in development, data security or a related field.
  • Are deeply passionate about using data science for social good.
  • Have great communication skills and want to connect with peers and experts in the data-for-good field.
  • Embody Uptake’s core values: clarity, curiosity, flexibility, industry and trust.
  • Are willing to commit to a six-month fellowship period with an in-person session from August 20-24, 2018. Travel expenses are covered by Uptake.

Meet our current Data Fellows.

Claire Benard
Claire Benard
Senior Data Scientist

National Council for Voluntary Organisations
London, UK

Daniel Liadsky
Daniel Liadsky
Data & GIS Specialist

Canadian Urban Institute
Toronto, Canada

Jim McGowan
Jim McGowan
Director, Information Management & Situational Awareness

American Red Cross
Chicago, IL

Keith	Zander
Keith Zander
Senior Director of Evaluation

OneGoal Graduation
Chicago, IL

Paola	Oliva-Altamirano
Paola Oliva-Altamirano
Data Scientist

Our Community
Melbourne, Australia

Robert Mitchell
Robert Mitchell
Data Analyst

Skid Row Housing Trust
Los Angeles, CA

Ryan Geraghty
Ryan Geraghty
Project & Data Manager

412 Food Rescue
Pittsburgh, PA

Tom	Bunting
Tom Bunting
Manager, Data Strategy & Products

Ingenuity
Chicago, IL


Meet our past Data Fellows.
Peter Alele
Africa Field Director

Vital Signs
Nairobi, Kenya

Kruti Doshi
Programmer Analyst

Cook County Health & Hospitals Systems
Chicago, IL

Elizabeth Gagne
Researcher

New York City Department of Education
New York, NY

Deepali Gohil
Impact Catalyst

Northern Rangelands Trust
Nairobi, Kenya

Kosar Jahani
Director of Impact

Samasource
San Francisco, CA

Matt Niksch
Chief College Officer

Noble Network of Charter Schools
Chicago, IL

Matt Stevens
Director of Data Science

Benefits Data Trust
Philadelphia, PA

Joanna Tess
Monitoring & Evaluation Manager

Coordination of Healthcare for Complex Kids Program
Chicago, IL


Nicki Anselmo
Director of Data & Technology

Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center
Chicago, IL

Nyi Nyi Aye
Data Analyst & Software Developer

Koe Koe Tech
Yangon, Myanmar

William Bowser
Head of Data Strategy & Analytics

Hello Tractor
Nigeria

Bonnie Fan
Senior Analyst

Chicago Transit Authority
Chicago, IL

Rebeca Moreno Jimenez
Data Lab Manager

UNHCR — UN Refugee Agency
Geneva, Switzerland

Nick Lucius
Data Scientist

City of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Catherine Ojo
Data Engineer

Worldreader
Barcelona, Spain

Dan Wei
Research Engineer

Carbon Lighthouse
San Francisco, CA


Applications are now closed. Please check back in November when we open our next round of applications.

We will be evaluating applications and notifying the selected fellows by July 9, 2018. In the meantime, follow @Uptake on Twitter and get involved in the data discussion. If you have any questions you can also email the Uptake.org team at [email protected].

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