Data Science for All (DS4A) / Empowerment is a novel program that provides free world-class data & analytics training to those from underrepresented backgrounds in order to create equal access to the jobs of tomorrow.

With the support of our Employer Partners, Mentors, and Impact Partners, we are creating the most diverse data science ecosystem in the world.

At the Grand Finale last week, 500 Fellows celebrated completing our 4-month training program and shared what the experience and the community means to them.  Top teams also presented their data science final projects to a distinguished panel of judges. We're so pleased to be able to share some of the video highlights here.

Our First Cohort in Review

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Hear from participants in the first-ever DS4A / Empowerment cohort on their experiences in the Program.

Keynote Address: Eric Hutcherson 

In this powerful Keynote Address,  Eric Hutcherson, Executive Vice President and Chief People & Inclusion Officer at Universal Music Group, asks the Fellows: 'Tell me how you plan to change the world from the seat you sit in?'.


Speakers from Our Class

DS4A / Empowerment Instructors and Fellows offer final reflections on what they accomplished together and the community they have created.

NATESH PILLAI, LEAD INSTRUCTOR

In his address to the graduating class of Data Science for All / Empowerment, Professor Natesh Pillai talks about the gift of education & the promise of this ecosystem of DS4A Fellows.

KELSEY COUZZO, GRADUATING FELLOW

Kelsey is a data visualization developer and an artist. She creates art using machine learning models. In this video she tells us about the pieces she created to capture her DS4A / Empowerment Fellow journey.

CHRIS EARLE, 'TOP TA' AWARD RECIPIENT

This award was presented to Chris Earle demonstrated excellence in his teaching approach and dedication to the learning and growth of his Fellows. Throughout the DS4A / Empowerment program, Chris gave amazing support and advice on both an individual level and also to the project teams in his group of Fellows. Chris also contributed to the program by teaching lectures on Data Transformation and Data Visualization.

ATHENA OWIRODU, GRADUATING FELLOW ADDRESS

Athena Owirodu is a Fellow in the first cohort of DS4A / Empowerment. In her Fellow Address she tells us about her data science journey and her takeaways from the program: How to dream, and the power of the DS4A experience.


Capstone Project Awards

From over 100 data science Capstone Projects, 4 teams were selected to present at the DS4A / Empowerment Grand Finale, and 3 additional teams were given Honorary Awards. 

Finalist Capstone Project: Adding Socioeconomic Dimensionality to Flood Risk Predictive Modeling in Louisiana

Team members: Marie-Claire Traore, Sathya Edamadaka, Will Walker, Kristen Ray

Finalist Capstone Project: How to Help Restaurants Survive Covid-19

Team members: Pablo Cruz, Daniela Esparza, Alejandro Mancillas, Troy Lawrence

Finalist Capstone Project: Aspire to FIRE - How to Reach Financial Independence and Retire Early

Team members: Stacy Christopher, Monsurat Olaosebikan, Jelicia Ross, Nathália Santos, Fred Williams

Finalist Capstone Project: Plant A Tree, Save A Life? The Effects of Historical Redlining on Urban Tree Canopy Coverage & Community Health in Los Angeles County

Team members: Anakaren Cervantes, Erika Wingfield, Dana Kraus, Oritseweyinmi Henry Ajagbawa, Yiu Ho Au

BlackRock Innovation Award:Can Scraping Twitter Aid in Helping Local Governments Better Predict Covid Outbreak?

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Anaplan Excellence Award:Helping Citizens with Health Needs Assess City Livability with Personalized Recommendations

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Match Group Impact Award:Buy Local, Buy Black: Using Data Science to Help a Grocery Store co-op Deliver on its Racial Equity Commitments

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Congratulations to all the project teams, and all participants of the DS4A / Empowerment, Fall 2020.

If you're interested in applying to our DS4A / Empowerment programs, click here to check our program.

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