Important Announcement

FL-DSSG Big Reveal Event

Florida Data Science for Social Good (FL-DSSG) program invites you to attend 2018 FL-DSSG Big Reveal event held on August 22 (Wednesday) from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the WJCT Studio A (100 Festival Park Ave., Jacksonville). At the event, FL-DSSG interns will discuss findings and reveal insights gained from the Baptist Health, Family Support Services, Girls Inc. of Jacksonville, and Performers Academy projects. All are welcome to attend, and a reception will follow the presentations. The event is free, but registration is required.

FL-DSSG Events  

About DSSG Program

The Florida Data Science for Social Good (FL-DSSG) program blends data science and technology design to inform and solve important social problems in Northeast Florida. We intend to accomplish this goal by partnering with local non-profit and governmental agencies, analyze their data, and find impactful solutions to social issues. The FL-DSSG program will provide internships for students from diverse disciplines to work on these data science projects along with our community partners. Local non-profit and government agencies will receive data analysis and data visualization reports that support their work in the Northeast Florida community. Florida DSSG is hosted at the University of North Florida (UNF).

The DSSG program is inspired and modeled after successful programs in Chicago and Atlanta.

The FL-DSSG program at UNF is being spearheaded by Dr. Dan Richard, Associate Professor in Psychology, and Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy, Associate Professor in Computing. Drs. Richard and Umapathy has considerable number of years of experience with data science projects and helping nonprofits. Dr. Richard has been helping various non-profit/government agencies with data analysis as well as visualization and interpretation of the results. Dr. Umapathy has developed custom technology solutions for several non-profit/government agencies developing to improve their program efficiencies. FL-DSSG was formed in 2017 with seed grant from the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida to pilot the summer internship concept.

DSSG at Chicago   DSSG at Atlanta  


Program Mission

DSSG program promotes data-informed approaches and partners with agencies in Florida to solve social problems by:


Tribal Motto:  

We are social trustees of knowledge with a unique capacity to do social good.


Get Involved!


Nonprofit Partners

Are you a nonprofit organizaton? Do you want to make data-driven decisions? Submit your data science project proposal

Project Partner


DSSG Fellows

Are you a student interested in gaining real-world data scientist work experience? Submit your application for paid summer internship.

DSSG Internship


Data Science Professionals

Are you an experienced data scientist? Submit your applicaiton to mentor DSSG fellows.

DSSG Sherpas

Are you interested in supporting FL-DSSG in other ways, please contact program directors.


In the News

Partnership seeds innovative program: Florida Data Science for Social Good

News release on the Nonprofit Center seed funding for the pilot FL-DSSG program.

Published by Jacksonville Chamber on November 2, 2017
Jacksonville veteran, creator of Yoga 4 Change, wins business award

Article mentions Yoga 4 Change selection for the pilot FL-DSSG program.

Published by Jacksonville.com on June 23, 2017