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Uptake Data Fellows Program 2018, USA


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June 01, 2018

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Uptake Data Fellows Program 

The Uptake.org Data Fellows program is a six-month fellowship designed to connect data professionals at non-profits, foundations, and social enterprises to experts in data science and security. The fellowship begins with a week in Chicago where fellows meet with mentors, participate in workshops on topics in data science or security, and network with like-minded data-for-good professionals.

At social sector organizations, there’s often only one “data person” responsible for managing the organization’s data. Many are self-taught without much training or support from their resource-strained organizations. At Uptake.org, there is an aim to change that. Data-for-good professionals is provided with the tools and community they need to solve big problems in the social sector.

 

The Data Fellows program now has two tracks; Data Science and Data Security. The Data ScienFellowsows are focused on developing skills in machine learning and data product development; they’re trying to find ways to gain insight and build tools with data. The Data Security fellows are focused on how to protect the sensitive data their organizations manage; they’re trying to ensure their systems, tools and operations are as secure as possible while overcoming the lack of resources or experience required to face today’s cyber threats.

Why you should apply

  • The fellowship is for experienced data leaders employed by nonprofits, social enterprises, and government agencies who want to improve their data science or security knowledge, skills and methodologies.
  • Ongoing coaching and mentoring from Uptake’s core team as well as advisors from Uptake partners based on fellows’ needs, skills and preferences are provided.
  • You’ll join a network of data leaders and connect with other professionals in the “data for good” ecosystem.

Program Details

Uptake selects and mentors a cohort of Data Fellows biannually. The fellowship kicks off with a week of workshops, mentor meetings, and networking in Chicago and continues remotely for six months.. Fellows then re-convene for a Fellow Showcase Day in Chicago. Each fellow is expected to work on a project during the course of the fellowship, although it is stressed that this fellowship is primarily about skill development.

The Fellowship consists of four parts

  1. Mentor Matching. Fellows are matched with at least three experts from the Uptake team and from Carnegie Mellon University based on their needs. Mentor teams are data scientists, engineers and strategy gurus.
  2. Workshop Week in Chicago. Fellows arrive for a week of workshops, networking events and one-on-one mentorings. Workshops include Agile Development in Data Science, Predictive Models in R, Protecting IoT, Hacking and Hunting, and more.
  3. Ongoing Mentorship and Support. Mentors and fellows check in regularly for six months to continue their conversations and support that began in Chicago.
  4. Fellow Showcase. Fellows return to Chicago to present the progress they’ve made over the course of the fellowship to their mentors and to the incoming class of new fellows.

Eligibility

Data Science Fellows

Data scientists, analysts, and leaders at nonprofits, social enterprises, or government agencies that’ve been operating for two years or more are looked for. While your organization is sure to interest us, most of this fellowship centers on helping you grow as an individual.

The program wants individuals who:

  • Have experience building models. Most of the fellows are expected to understand the use of R or Python.
  • Have sound quantitative skills, including the use of data analysis methodologies.
  • Are deeply passionate about using data science for social good.
  • Have great communication skills and want to connect with peers and experts in the data-for-good field.
  • Embody Uptake’s core values: clarity, curiosity, flexibility, industry and trust.
  • Are willing to commit to a six-month fellowship period with an in-person session from August 20-24, 2018. Travel expenses are covered by Uptake.

Data Security Fellows

With this new program, the program is looking for individuals tasked with ensuring the data your organization collects and manages is properly secured. While your organization is sure to interest us, most of this fellowship centers on helping you grow as an individual.

The program is seeking security leaders who:

  • Are concerned about the protection of their organization’s data.
  • Have technical skills in development, data security or a related field.
  • Are deeply passionate about using data science for social good.
  • Have great communication skills and want to connect with peers and experts in the data-for-good field.
  • Embody Uptake’s core values: clarity, curiosity, flexibility, industry and trust.
  • Are willing to commit to a six-month fellowship period with an in-person session from August 20-24, 2018. Travel expenses are covered by Uptake.

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May 31, 2018




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