KDD Workshop on Social Impact

Organizers: Rayid Ghani, Mohak Shah

Monday, August 20 2018
ICC Capital Suite Room 1 (Level 3)


SIGKDD recently established the KDD Impact Program  to support projects that promote data science, increase its impact on society, and help the data science community.

The KDD Impact Program was looking to fund projects that have the potential for maximum impact on the society and expand outreach of data science to strengthen the community. Sample topics we provided were to seed ideas around:

  • Enhance data science community engagement;
  • Expand outreach of data science;
  • Increase diversity and participation in data science;
  • Increase societal impact of data science;
  • Influence public policy through data science.

The KDD Impact Program focuses on projects that benefit the community and the society.


Seven awardees were selected in the first round of the impact awards. Each awardee is presenting at this KDD workshop to give an update on their project and to get the KDD community involved.


9:00-9:30Opening RemarksRayid Ghani, Mohak Shah
9:30-10:00Training the Next Generation of African Data Scientists (Kenya) Isaac Markus, Audrey Cheng
Budding Data Scientists Hackathon (Singapore)
Hui Xiang Chua
11:00-11:30Data Science for Social Good Marketplace DSSG SolveRayid Ghani, Mohak Shah
11:30-12:00Community perspectives on the use of algorithms by Government (New Zealand) Anna Brown
1:00-1:30Women Data Science Leaders in RussiaAlena Suvorova, Valeria A. Ivaniushina
1:30-2:00Summer Academy in Data Science for High School StudentsBamshad Mobasher, Lucia Dettori, Raffaella Settimi, Daniela Raicu
2:00-2:30Empowering Community Members to Understand and Use Big Data and Big Data MethodsLisa Schilling
2:30-3:30Group Discussion and ClosingAll