The Rise of Data Science for Social Good

Keynote Address
Monday, May 8, 2017 -
5:10 pm to 5:55 pm

Data science continues to shape the way businesses operate — enhancing one’s competitive advantage, increasing business optimization and efficiency, and ultimately delivering a better bottom-line. DataKind’s Director of Insight and Impact, JeanCarlo Bonilla, will explore how the same data science techniques businesses apply can be used instead to address critical world issues and reduce human suffering. He'll discuss how the social sector can harness the power of data science in service of humanity and share real-world applications of how cutting-edge analytics and advanced algorithms can maximize more than just the bottom line, but further the impact of social change organizations.

Director of Insights & Impact
DataKind

A native of Costa Rica, JeanCarlo leads DataKind’s data science practice and ensures that its portfolio of projects is designed to help social change organizations leverage data science to achieve maximum impact.

Specializing in the intersection of technology strategy and data science delivery models, JeanCarlo has more than fifteen years of experience in cross-functional roles overseeing and building data science solutions, strategic planning, technology selection and implementation, staffing, coaching, and resource and budget allocation. JeanCarlo started his career as a process engineer in the semiconductor community, after which he spent over a decade in academia. When he is not at DataKind, JeanCarlo can be found teaching Business Analytics at New York University.He holds a B.S. & M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Technology Management  from New York University