Government Data Science Festival Week 2022: Call for Submissions

1. Introduction

Government and Public Sector Data Science Festival 2022 
The Future of Data Science for Public Good 

Call for proposals – closing date 28th January 2022 
The Government Data Science Festival 2022 provides a space for the government and public sector data science community, and colleagues in the academic sector, to come together to learn, discover, share and connect. The Festival will take place from 27th April to 11th May 2022. Following the success of the virtual Data Science Festival week in 2020, Festival 2022 will be a two-week ‘virtual first’ event with a range of accessible and inclusive sessions in a variety of formats. If Covid measures allow, it will include some in-person networking events.  

We invite you to be at the centre of the dialogue about the power of data science for public good in our changing world. 

2022’s Festival will put a spotlight on ‘The Future of Data Science for Public Good’, exploring the core themes of:  
Foundations for the Future: how we do data science, from cutting edge methods, tools and techniques, building data science in organisations, projects and pipelines, the challenge of operationalising, and more… 
Future Impact: the issues/challenges/questions that will impact society; how we evaluate and measure the impact of our work; ethical considerations in data science. 
Your Future: Developing your skills and career in data science. 

The Festival is brought to you by the Government Data Science Partnership, a partnership between the Data Science Campus of the Office for National Statistics, the Central Digital and Data Office, the Analysis Function and the Government Office for Science. The data science community includes data scientists, analysts and a range of professions who enable the delivery of data science in UK government and the public sector.  

This is a festival for the community, by the community and we encourage you to submit a session proposal relating to the one of the following topics (you are welcome to submit more than one proposal):  
  • The ‘data science capable’ organisation 
  • AI in government/public sector 
  • What it means to be ‘good’ 
  • Communication in data science
  • Health 
  • Climate 
  • Transport 
  • Geospatial 
  • Local government 
  • Working internationally 
  • Skills and careers 
 What type of sessions will there be? 
  • Presentations – show and tell of projects, stories, methods or ideas etc. with Q&A. 20, 30 or 40 minutes
  • Round tables/discussions – a space for knowledge exchange, building shared understanding or collaborating on the development of ideas. Maximum 60 minutes. 
  • Workshops – to collaborate and learn on specific outputs or discoveries, eg. live code-alongs, problem solving etc. 60 or 90 minutes. 
  • Quick shares/lightening talks.  Maximum 10 minutes 
  • Soapbox (aka 'rant') - submit a rant and propose a solution or get one from the audience.  
  • Hackathon – subject ideas and offers to lead a Festival Hackathon. 
  • In-person events – ideas and offers to lead in-person structured networking events (Covid measures permitting). 
  • Social moments – bringing the community together in a social way, eg. breakfast meet-ups, games evenings, quizzes, yoga sessions, live knit-alongs…  

How will the sessions be selected?  
The Festival organisers includes a team of ‘Festival Makers’, volunteers from across government and public sector. When the call for proposals closes on 21st January 2022, the content leads will team up by topic to review and select the sessions for each topic stage. They will be looking for sessions that show a clear connection between the topic and the festival’s Future themes. The organising team will share their decisions by mid-February and will work with session leads to schedule sessions and prepare for the Festival.  

What if I have a fantastic idea but I don’t think it fits with any of the listed topics or formats? 
That’s OK. If it aligns with one of the Festival’s Future themes, we’d love to hear your big idea anyway and the Festival Maker content team will see if they can find a place for your session.  
NOTE: The Festival will be open to attendees from government, public sector and the academic sector and will be delivered over secure online platforms. However, proposed sessions should not include any official/sensitive content. 
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