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Google Chief Eric Schmidt bankrolls data-science think tank

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VentureBeat, a technology news site that focuses on disruptive technology, revealed that President “Obama’s chief Data scientist Rayid Ghani has summoned 48 socially minded aspiring data scientists to Chicago for a fellowship called Data Science for Social Good (DSSG).” Larry Zhou, June 14, 2014. Personally funded by Google chairman Eric Schmidt, this is the second year that the fellowship has decided “to tackle problems that really matter.” Partners in the 2014 summer program include World Bank Group, the City of Memphis, and Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools. Of the 48 students culled from more than 300 applicants from across the globe, most are well educated undergraduates to Ph.D.’s with a quantitative background in computer science or statistics. A few bring expertise in political science, sociology or public health into the program mix.

The challenges for these students will be ‘real world’ in nature; they will be divided into twelve teams of four and tackle issues like “prediction and identification of collusion in international development projects” and  “optimizing treatment for expectant mothers,” and will deliver their results to clients, while leaning in the process.

These Forty-eight young data scientists might just save the world!  

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