The data science we practice can also improve global health. We present the Data Science Bowl, in partnership with Kaggle. Each year the international event catalyzes the worldwide data science community around a societal challenge.
“The Data Science Bowl strives to accomplish what more than one individual, one organization, or one industry can accomplish alone,” says Dr. Lauren Neal, a senior data scientist and artificial intelligence strategist. “The communities we convene are bringing about positive change in the world—working together to solve serious problems that affect millions of people.”
In its first 2 years, more than 1,800 teams participated in the Data Science Bowl, creating more than 22,000 submissions. In 2015-2016, we looked at how to more accurately diagnose heart disease. The winners provided cardiologists with an objective diagnostic model that eliminates measurement bias.
Now, the National Institutes of Health is in the early stages of testing and disseminating the findings.
The 2017 Data Science Bowl joined the fight against lung cancer by helping accelerate early detection. We're grateful for the many sponsors who stepped forward with in-kind contributions of services and technology. In addition, this year's competition had one of the largest cash prizes ever: $1 million, provided by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Read all about the winners here.
With our Data Science for Social Good program—which covers a dozen efforts in all—we get back as much as we give. Our data scientists and analysts gain valuable experience working these complex efforts to help prevent genocide, stop human trafficking, and transforming how we diagnose heart failure and lung cancer. It’s about empowering and igniting the passion of talent across our firm to creatively solve the world’s most painful problems. We believe that data science can bring positive change, and give a voice to those who can’t speak for themselves. We’ve seen it done. And there's so much more to do.
“We know there’s a lot more than just money at stake here. For us, it’s an opportunity to use our skills to help save lives,” says Jake. “It’s not just a bolted-on thing. It’s part of who we are as a firm.”