Upcoming 3-Day Training at MIT Media Lab

Upcoming 3-Day Training on
"Big Data for Sustainable Development" at the MIT Media Lab

October 15-17th, 2018


Our next training workshop on “Big Data for Sustainable Development” will be held at the MIT Media Lab on October 15-17th, as part of our Global Professional Training Program developed and delivered in partnership with the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and financial support from the Hewlett Foundation

This 3-day training, delivered and facilitated by MIT and Harvard faculty and global experts, is tailored towards development practitioners, policymakers, and researchers interested in strengthening their knowledge and skills to leverage Big Data in their work. 

The training is offered at a fee of $1,750 for the 3 days, with possibilities of fellowships waiving this fee. For this edition, additional financial support by the MIT Sloan Latin America Office will grant a $700 stipend to 4 fellows from the region. More information on these fellowships is below.

Registration is now open! 

About the Course

Through the session, participants will be exposed to a blend of learning formats, including traditional instructor-led teaching, keynote speakers, and interactive and hands-on technical sessions, led by some of the best experts in the world. All participants who follow the entire course will receive a certificate of completion from Data-Pop Alliance and UNSSC. The workshop will be structured as follows:


Prof. Alex 'Sandy' Pentland

MIT, Data-Pop Alliance

Prof. Danielle Wood

MIT Media Lab

Prof. Patrick Vinck

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative,
Data-Pop Alliance

Prof. Albert Ali Salah

Boğaziçi University
Utrecht University

Michiel Bakker

MIT Media Lab

Rahul Bhargava

MIT Media Lab

Prof. Jackie Carter

University of Manchester

Faine Greenwood

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Dr. Vanessa Higgins

University of Manchester

Dr. Emmanuel Letouzé

Data-Pop Alliance, MIT Media Lab

Daniel Scarnecchia

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative


Valentina Casasbuenas

Data-Pop Alliance

Natalie Grover

Data-Pop Alliance

Samant Kakkar


Thad Kerosky

Data-Pop Alliance

Rodrigo Lara Molina

Data-Pop Alliance

Julie Ricard

BWH / Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Micol Stock

Data-Pop Alliance

Fellowships Opportunity

Data-Pop Alliance offers fellowships covering the $1750 course fee, not including travel and accommodations, to selected professionals working on Big Data for Development in their respective countries and regions with preference given to applicants from the public sector and civil society or NGOs.

Candidates should have a good statistical and/or quantitative background and a basic understanding of data methods and tools. The workshop will be conducted fully in English. 

Please note that these fellowships will cover the cost of course only – and do not cover any other costs, including  travel, accommodation, visa costs, etc.

In addition, with funding support from the MIT Sloan Latin America Office, Data-Pop Alliance is pleased to offer additional support for candidates from Latin America. This fellowship is available to four participants and will cover the $1750 course fee as well as $700 in additional funding for travel or accommodation. 
This highly competitive fellowship will be granted to candidates working in the Big Data for Development field, with a proven strong background in statistics and / or quantitative analysis and a basic understanding of data methods and tools. Candidates should work for organizations in civil society, media, or research institutionsInterested candidates should specify in their fellowship applications if they are also applying for the MIT Management Latin America Office Fellowship.

Fellowships for Latin American Candidates

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Watch the evaluations and reactions of participants from our last course held in Nairobi in June 2017 to see what they have to say about the training experience with Data-Pop Alliance and UNSSC:


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