Meetup: AI for Good - Big Data Challenges for Disaster Response and Recovery

October 12th, 2017 | HQ | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM PST


  • When: Thursday, October 12, 2017
    Where: HQ - 200 Corporate Pointe, Ste. 200, Culver City, CA 90230
    Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm PST
    Cost: FREE
    Note: Food and beverages provided
    Please sign up to attend this event via PyData SoCal at this link:

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The NSF Big Data Innovation Hubs Transportation Challenge is showcasing partner technology (from, Amazon, Microsoft, and others) and cloud-based data science resources to directly address big data challenges surfaced by recent natural disasters in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. 

From the White House to the Cloud to You: National Collaborations for Big Data Disaster Response 
Dr. Lee will be speaking at headquarters in LA, discussing how technology be used for the  Challenge, including the Platform, can be used by government, industry, and academic groups to serve disaster response, relief, and prediction. Regional participants in the challenge will join as speakers and presenters. 


BYOL!! Crowd-Sourced Mapping to Support Puerto Rico Relief Efforts
Dave Goodsmith, managing data scientist at, and other members of the digital mapping community will work with participants who have brought their own laptops to contribute to digital mapathon efforts through the Humanitarian Open Street Map Team and Open Street Maps. Goodsmith will provide an overview of the power of crowd-sourced mapping as well as the critical government trust earned by projects like OSM by governments and the Red Cross — a requirement for transforming remote digital expertise into direct aid. 

Sign Up to Access Over $100,000 Worth of Big Data Resources and Credits
Participants will have the opportunity to use the Platform and donated cloud resources from, Microsoft, Google, and others to execute and develop data science demonstrations during and after the event. Collaborative teams will be formed to continue work following the event, on both mapping and more sophisticated machine learning efforts.   Learn more about available resources at

Note, this is a collaborative event that Our Lives, Our Data is co-hosting with PyData SoCal.    

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Dr. Meredith Lee

Meredith Lee, PhD, is the executive director of the West Big Data Hub and former lead of the White House Innovation for Disaster Response & Recovery Initiative under the Obama Administration. 

Meredith completed her PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford University and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection. She previously worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Intel, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and Agilent Laboratories.

Dave Goodsmith
Managing Data Scientist,

Dave Goodsmith is a reformed neuroeconomist who speaks and writes about collaborative data science.  He has over a decade of experience in NLP and machine learning and has consulted with scores of global organizations.  

His data analytics on topics from national campaign finance to online gambling have garnered millions of views in outlets including VentureBeat, the Los Angeles Times, and Forbes.  Dave is data science faculty at General, and led DataKind’s Data Corps.  His MBA is from CUNY and his BA is from Harvard College.

6:30 PM - 7:00 PM


7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Introductions and Mapathon Challenge
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM NSF Challenge