European Innovation Academy 2017 Portugal

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eiaAn experience of an extremely steep learning curve, an enormous amount of coffee ingestion and sleep deprivation, and incredible personal growth. An experience of an extremely steep learning curve, an enormous amount of coffee ingestion and sleep deprivation, and incredible personal growth. 

When I first stepped into the Estoril Congress Center to start my journey at the European Innovation Academy (EIA), I did not know what to expect. Was I going to find a good team? Were the speakers going to fulfill my expectations? Was it going to be just like any other three weeks of my life, which I would forget within a few months? Was I going to build a successful business, or simply “play” with the idea? I did not know. I only knew my expectations were high, and I was excited about what was going to happen, the people I would meet, and the knowledge I were to acquire.

However, what I encountered at EIA was by far, more rewarding than I ever imagined. During the most intense weeks of my life, where we worked over 12 hours every day, I met invaluable people, learned to take myself to new limits, and had one-on-one conversations with some of the brightest minds in the world. I learned to work hand by hand with people I had never met before, I learned to trust them, and most importantly, I learned to trust myself, and everything I am capable of doing. 

Along with people from all over the world, all of them with different backgrounds and abilities, we were instructed on how to go “from an idea to a tech start-up in 15 days”. What did that mean? It meant we had to push ourselves. Drink several coffees a day. Eat more takeout pizza and Chinese food than ever before. Learn to delegate and be open-minded. Absorb as much information as possible. Understand and listen to our teammates.

Nevertheless, we were not alone. We had outstanding lectures every morning, industry specialists every afternoon, and dedicated mentors helping us around the clock to make sure we were on the right path. To both my excitement and surprise, my team reached the Top 10 startups of the program and we pitched our idea to several investors and Venture Capitalists, people who challenged us and encouraged us to move forward. And although the path is still unclear for us, we all returned home with the satisfaction that we became stronger, grew personally and professionally, and that the network of incredible people we made during EIA will be one to last forever.

Natalia Pineda Uribe

DSSG MEET THE PROJECTS: Sustainable Tourism in Tuscany

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22Data Science for Social Good is University of Chicago’s summer program, and this year it came to Europe – to Nova School of Business and Economics. For three months, 18 brilliant minds developed data science solutions to problems with high social impact by analyzing big data.Data Science for Social Good is University of Chicago’s summer program, and this year it came to Europe – to Nova School of Business and Economics. For three months, 18 brilliant minds developed data science solutions to problems with high social impact by analyzing big data.They worked in collaboration with national and international governments as well as non-profit organizations, facing challenges related to unemployment, health, energy, transportation, and economic and environmental development sectors.

In collaboration with Toscana Promozione Turistica, 3 Data Science for Social Good Europe fellows analyzed big data and developed data science solutions to a problem with high social impact: Tourism.

Travelling has never been easier, cheaper, and faster. Tourism supports local economies and gives travellers new experiences. Tuscany is one of the worlds’ most coveted tourism destinations, and the large inflow of visitors greatly impacts the local economic and daily life, with positive and negative effects. With the help of Data Science for Social Good Europe, different data sources were combined such as anonymized call data records and museum card data to understand patterns of tourism in time and space. Creating a more detailed picture of tourism in Tuscany allows a more data-driven approach to policy making, which should be more effective at maintaining the quality of life for both locals and tourists in Tuscany.

“We have great expectations for the work DSSG Europe has been doing with us. The project will have a concrete and relevant impact on policy strategies to be developed. It is destined to become one of the most important reports that we will use in our agenda for Florence and the impact of tourism in the city, in the next three years.” - Toscana Promozione Turistica

Don’t forget to attend the final presentations Summit of the Summer Fellowship Program of Data Science for Social Good Europe

Brunch ● August 24th 2017 ● 10:30 a.m. ● Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, Cascais

TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING THIS HAPPEN

DSSG MEET THE PROJECTS: Improving incident response in the Netherlands

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22Data Science for Social Good is University of Chicago’s summer program, and this year it came to Europe – to Nova School of Business and Economics. For three months, 18 brilliant minds developed data science solutions to problems with high social impact by analyzing big data.Data Science for Social Good is University of Chicago’s summer program, and this year it came to Europe – to Nova School of Business and Economics. For three months, 18 brilliant minds developed data science solutions to problems with high social impact by analyzing big data.They worked in collaboration with national and international governments as well as non-profit organizations, facing challenges related to unemployment, health, energy, transportation, and economic and environmental development sectors.

 

In collaboration with Rijkswaterstaat, 3 Data Science for Social Good Europe fellows analyzed big data and developed data science solutions to a problem with high social impact: Transportation. Road incidents, when not responded to on time can have serious consequences, including loss of life and traffic jams. But what if there was a way of knowing where and when incidents would happen? And what could be done with that information? Rijkswaterstaat operates a 24-hour service, dispatching road inspectors to respond to incidents. Data Science for Social Good Europe, together with the National Traffic Manager ‘Rijkswaterstaat’ in the Netherlands, uses data science to test how to allocate sufficient numbers of inspectors near high-risk locations, to minimize incident response time.

“In DSSG Europe, there are people from different parts of the worlds, with different ways of thinking, looking at a problem with an unbiased approach. Giving us answers to questions we have stopped asking ourselves. These are people with rare talents and we want to share this knowledge, and scale it up with our European partners.” – Rijkswaterstaat

Don’t forget to attend the final presentations Summit of the Summer Fellowship Program of Data Science for Social Good Europe

Brunch ● August 24th 2017 ● 10:30 a.m. ● Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, Cascais

TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING THIS HAPPEN

SUMMIT: Final presentations of the Summer Fellowship Program of Data Science for Social Good Europe

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22Brunch ● August 24th 2017 ● 10:30 a.m. ● Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, Cascais

Nova School of Business and Economics, the Municipality of Cascais and the University of Chicago, are inviting you to attend the Summit of the Summer Fellowship Program of Data Science for Social Good Europe, which will take place on August 24th, at 10:30 a.m. at the Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, in Cascais.