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Data For Good Program

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Applications are currently closed.
The GDI Data For Good program is an 8-week learning and skills development program and gateway into the GDI community.

If you are a data and analytics professional looking to create social impact and give back with your skills, this is the program for you! The program will allow you to take the leap into data science for social good.

Key Dates
Applications Close: 7th February 2022
Program Start Date: 21st February 2022
Program End Date: 24th April 2022
End of Cohort Event: 17th May 2022

“The GDI Data For Good program elevates the most ambitious, socially minded and talented data scientists and data analysts in Australia and New Zealand.” 

— The Good Data Institute

What Is The Data For Good Program?

The GDI Data for Good program is a structured entry program into the Good Data Institute Network. Twice a year a small cohort of data professionals are welcomed into GDI. The program is selective — GDI is seeking candidates who have already demonstrated the requisite level of data capability and professional maturity.

Our aim for the program is to equip every new volunteer with the essentials they need to accelerate into using data and analytics for NFPs: building skills taught by experts, hands-on experience supported by current volunteers, and a great group of mates who are passionate about data for social good just like you!

The program is semi-structured — the core component is a ‘pick your own adventure’ series of learning and development modules led by GDI fellows and experienced volunteers. During the program, participants will be matched with a project with existing GDI volunteers to allow them to build their skills on the job. The capstone component of the program is a hackathon with an NFP partner.

After the program, members of the cohort will join the GDI network where they can continue to work on projects with NFPs. 
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Program Elements And Commitment

The program comprises the following fixed elements over 8 weeks:
  • Orientation Webinar  (Learn about the organisation, NFP projects, and meet your cohort!)
  • Hackathon Briefing (Briefing call, with our partner client)
  • Mid Program Get-together (Social catch-up)
  • Hackathon Presentation (Present hackathon outputs to client)
  • End of Program ‘Graduation’ (Recognitions and social elements in person where possible!)
  • Join an existing project with one of our NFPs

We expect all program participants to be able to commit to each of these opportunities, which includes 3-5 hours each week of presentations, learning opportunities, and time to work on the hackathon or projects

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Flexible Opportunities

Throughout the program, each participant will also be presented with the following flexible opportunities:
  • Attend Data Science Masterclasses (choose a min of 4 from 6): Fellows or GDI Leadership Team Members / Advisors are designated experts on various data science tools. Throughout the program, we look to give our volunteers access to direct support and training from industry experts through seminars.
  • Bookable office hours with GDI Fellows (Project Leaders) and Execs
  • Active engagement online (weekly updates on our Slack community)
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Sounds good, sign me up!

Applications for our first 2022 Cohort are now closed. Register interest for our next cohort here.