The Data Collaboratives Program creates opportunities for student-driven innovations emerging in UC Berkeley’s thriving data science community to grow into broader collaborations for positive social impact.
The program cultivates ideas generated by undergraduates across campus in classes such as Modules, Discovery Projects, hackathons, and virtually any other space where students are finding innovative ways to create and apply insights using data for social good.
Promising projects evolve into Data Collaboratives that build community and ignite innovation. Collaboratives bring together resources, untapped or underused datasets, tools, and students’ energy and ideas. With the support of graduate student mentors and faculty, undergraduates get the chance to work with decision-makers in industry, government, and community organizations to use data science to address their most pressing challenges.
One of the first Collaboratives grew out of the California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge, a call to use State data to find ways to address water quality issues that affect more than 1 million Californians a year. At a hackathon at Berkeley, students generated ideas for using everything from data on water prices to social media posts about water quality to tackle the problem. They also ventured into other water issues confronting Californians, like dam safety and flooding hazards
Current Data Collaboratives
Water Data Collaborative
The Water Data Collaborative enables interested students to work with the California State Resources Control Board and other agencies to continue to drive innovative solutions to water-related issues across California.
Water Data Collaborative GitHub page
- Violet Sinnarkar
- Sathvik Nair
- Sean Furuta
- Anusha Mohan
- Ziyun Zhao
Air Data Collaborative
The Air Data Collaborative enables interested students to work with government agencies and university labs to continue to drive innovative solutions to air quality related issues across California.
Air Data Collaborative Partners
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Ronald Cohen - Chemistry