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Data Science for Social Good Utilises Aridhia Workspaces

We are proud to have sponsored the recent Data Science for Social Good UK (DSSGx) Datafest 2021. DSSGx is an affiliate program of the Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program which is run from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. DSSG aims to help not-for-profit organisations and government bodies to achieve more with their data so that they can fulfil their mission of bettering the world and people’s lives. To achieve this, DSSG gives these organisations access to top-tier data scientists who help them to maximise the effectiveness of their data.

Datafest 2021, the DSSGx UK summer programme, is led by the University of Warwick, in collaboration with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and the Munich Centre for Machine Learning. During the programme, Fellows were selected from a long list of over 400 applicants and organised into four teams, each of which had 12 weeks to solve a specific data challenge for a government department or not-for- profit organisation. Each team was aided by DSSG mentors in data science and project management. More information about each team’s project and a recording of the closing celebrations can be seen here.

For the challenge, Aridhia provided each team with a Workspace so that they could collaborate with each other from their remote locations. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic meant that this year’s challenge was the first to run remotely, so a secure online collaboration environment was a critical tool for the success of the programme. We were happy that we were able to provide these Workspaces at short notice, onboard all users smoothly, and provide ongoing support for the teams who required it.

“We are very grateful to Aridhia for supporting DSSGx UK with their DRE platform.
It gave us peace of mind when working with sensitive data, which was particularly important given a remote working environment.
The platform’s ISO certification also helped us build trust with our project partners. And Aridhia’s support was amazing.”

Juergen Branke – Warwick Programme Director for DSSGx