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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Data-Driven Models for Change

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Session Description

Corporations increasingly leverage data to dissect potential markets and target relevant consumers. How can the social sector apply this methodology for widespread systems change? Social entrepreneurs increasingly think about how to ask the right questions, use answers effectively, and capitalize on existing systems to maximize the impact of data—without breaking the bank. We’ll hear from social entrepreneurs whose core innovations rely on data. We’ll see how they use data to change the sectors in which they work, facilitate collaboration, and the challenges they face along the way.

When | Where

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Wednesday, April 5 Lecture Theatre 4


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Session leaders

  • Jessi Baker Speaker
    Founder, Provenance
    Jessi Baker is the founder of Provenance is a digital platform enabling producers, manufacturers and retailers to track the journey of people, places and ingredients behind their products. They use blockchain and smart tagging technologies to revolutionise supply chain transparency. With Provenance businesses can drastically reduce risk in their supply chain and foster a new form of consumer trust. The first to apply blockchain technology to supply chain in 2013, Provenance are now working with businesses in the UK and across global supply chains, including The Co-op supermarket, organic certified farms across Europe and luxury brands in the fashion and food industries. They are a member of the Ellen MacArthur foundation CE100 - pioneering open traceability systems for a circular economy, and were featured in over 30 news titles in 2016. Jessi has a Master’s in Engineering (Cambridge University) and Design (Royal College of Art), she founded Provenance whilst doing a PhD in Computer Science (UCL). Across the US and Europe, she has worked with brands on technology and digital design strategy including Adidas, The Four Seasons, The Guggenheim, pop star Will.I.Am, British Airways and Louis Vuitton. She is an associate researcher at the Intel Institute for Sustainable Cities.
  • Ania Calderon Speaker
    Executive Director, Open Data Charter
    Ania has recently taken on the role of Executive Director at the Open Data Charter. For the past three years, she led the National Open Data Policy in Mexico, delivering a key presidential mandate. She established capacity building programs across more than 200 public institutions, developed tools and platforms to enable the release of standardised data, built channels to increase the ability of citizens to inform data release and started a national open data network of over 40 cities working to improve service delivery. Ania created programs with multiple sectors to increase the use of data to reduce maternal mortality and increase financial inclusion in Mexico’s largest social development program, enhance resilience against natural disasters and launched a Datalab fellowship program to improve evidence based policymaking. She worked to strengthen open data commitments globally, such as with the G20, Anti-corruption Summit and multiple regional and bilateral declarations. This work helped position Mexico as an open data leader in Latin America and New Challenger, according to the Open Data Barometer. Ania holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University and has prior experience as founder and director of a non-profit organisation that focused on promoting citizen engagement in shaping Mexico City’s public agenda.
  • Jake Porway Moderator
    Founder and Executive Director, DataKind
    Jake Porway is a machine learning and technology enthusiast who loves nothing more than seeing good values in data. He is the founder and executive director of DataKind, an organization that brings together leading data scientists with high impact social organizations to better collect, analyze, and visualize data in the service of humanity. Jake was most recently the data scientist in the New York Times R&D lab and remains an active member of the data science community, bringing his technical experience from his past work with groups like NASA, DARPA, Google, and Bell Labs to bear on the social sector. Jake’s work has been featured in leading academic journals and conferences (PAMI, ICCV), the Guardian, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He has been honored as a 2011 PopTech Social Innovation Fellow and a 2012 National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics from UCLA.
  • Ma Jun Speaker
    Ma Jun began his career in 1993 working for the South China Morning Post, where his research on China’s environmental problems spurred him to publish the 1999 book China’s Water Crisis. In 2004 he was selected as a Yale World Fellow. In 2006, Ma Jun founded the non-profit organization the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE) in Beijing, China. As Director of IPE, Ma Jun has led the development and launch of China’s first environmental public database, the China Pollution Map, as well as the Blue Map (Weilan Ditu), a mobile app that helps the public use “micro-reports” against environmental violations and polluted rivers. The Green Choice supply chain program he and colleagues initiated has motivated more than 3000 suppliers of major global and local brands to openly address their violation problems. In 2006, he was awarded as China’s “Green Person of the Year” and was named as one of TIME Magazine’s World’s 100 Most Influential People. Ma was also honored with the Magsaysay Award in 2009 and Goldman Prize in 2012 for his environmental protection work in China, as well as the 2015 Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship for his innovative approach to “lifting the veil” on China’s pollution problems.
  • Oren Yakobovich Speaker
    CEO, Videre
    Oren Yakobovich is a social entrepreneur working at the intersection of human rights and film-making. He is a leading voice on how to use visual information to create sustainable, lasting positive change in areas of conflict. He co-founded Videre in 2008, an NGO equipping oppressed communities with customized technology to uncover information from places where media can't or won't go. Before founding Videre, Oren led the video department at the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem. At B’Tselem, he developed ‘Shooting Back,’ a video project that has trained hundreds of citizens in the West Bank that live in the most dangerous places to use cameras to fight for justice.
  • Sarah Jakiel Speaker
    Chief Program Officer, Polaris
    Sarah Jakiel has been on the leading edge of anti-human trafficking efforts both domestically and globally since 2005. Sarah started with Polaris in 2007 launching and directing the National Human Trafficking Resource Center and filling a critical service in the anti-trafficking field focused on victim identification, helping survivors access help, and directing key data and intelligence to law enforcement and institutional stakeholders positioned to fight the traffickers. At Polaris, Sarah leads multiple teams, sets strategy, and supports the organization’s commitment to innovation and impact. Sarah led Polaris Project’s international programmatic expansion efforts beginning in 2012 and focused on targeted capacity building efforts and the launch of regional hotline hubs around the world and in 2013, helped to launch Polaris’ Data Analysis wing to learn more about the scope, size, and systems of modern slavery and to find out where and how human traffickers operate and put them out of business. Sarah has worked closely with federal partners, international and nongovernmental organizations, law enforcement, technologists and the private sector to forge effective cross-disciplinary partnerships necessary to fight human trafficking. Sarah thrives on improving efficiency, problem solving, and crafting innovative models to push the organization toward long term sustainability in the fight to eradicate modern-day slavery.