Professional Training Program on Big Data and Development
—MIT Media Lab Pilot—
MIT Media Lab
Silverman Skyline Room—6th floor
Building E14, 75 Amherst St
Cambridge, MA 02139
Data-Pop Alliance is launching a global professional training program on Big Data and development to meet critical capacity needs of national statisticians, policymakers, public and elected officials, civil society representatives, NGO staff, journalists, UN staff etc. This program is developed with financial support from the Hewlett Foundation and the United Nations System Staff College, inputs from Data-Pop Alliance's four core members the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), MIT Media Lab, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Flowminder, and contributions from selected technical partners, notably Scidev.net and SocialTic.
The program will initially consist of a series of a dozen workshops delivered in 2016-17 in Bogotá, Dakar, Nairobi, Kigali, Bangkok, New York City, and Cambridge (MA), as part of our larger 'data literacy' training activities. Through speaker presentations, facilitated technical sessions, group activities and discussions, and Data Expeditions, supported by dedicated material and datasets, these workshops aim to cover both applications and implications of Big Data for development policy and program—including technical, methodological, political, ethical—to provide professionals with skills and resources to navigate and leverage Big Data in their work.
The first pilot of these workshops held at MIT Media Lab on June 27-30, 2016, aims to roll out and get feedback from a selected group of 25 participants on its curriculum and modalities prior to the global launch.