My Brother's Keeper Data Jam

Recap of the first My Brother's Keeper Data Jam hosted by Georgetown University & the US Department of Education in Washington, D.C.

  1. The My Brother's Keeper Task Force has pulled relevant Federal data out of agencies and made it available for innovators to build solutions supporting boys and men of color. Check out the data here: mbk.ed.gov/data ;
  2. We're setting up for today's #MyBrothersKeeper Data Jam! Can't wait to see @JIMSEDU and the rest of @usedgov in action.
  3. The My Brother's Keeper Data Jam brought together diverse skill sets grouped in cross-functional teams focused on building solutions for a My Brother's Keeper Focus area. 
  4. #MyBrothersKeeper keeps us busy on Saturday morning as we aim to create opportunity for boys and young men of color. http://t.co/GtfYU7qOuz
    #MyBrothersKeeper keeps us busy on Saturday morning as we aim to create opportunity for boys and young men of color. pic.twitter.com/GtfYU7qOuz
  5. Participants selected a My Brother's Keeper focus area to work on for the day. 
  6. "My students have turned my classroom into a symphony of second chances." #MyBrothersKeeper http://t.co/ECIIQwCDMQ
    "My students have turned my classroom into a symphony of second chances." #MyBrothersKeeper pic.twitter.com/ECIIQwCDMQ
  7. The day started with a focus on why we were there. We heard poetry from students and teachers. 
  8. We then heard from Deputy Secretary of Education Jim Shelton. He spent the entire day at the data jam. Here are few of highlights from his kickoff keynote. 
  9. "The real impact is on our communities. Innovate, scale, repeat to change to future." - @JIMSEDU #MyBrothersKeeper #datajam @GUimpact
  10. "How do we tell the story with #data in a way that matters to everyone, and what solutions can we create?" - @JIMSEDU #MyBrothersKeeper
  11. "The power of our youth, and the power of us coming together to change lives" - @JIMSEDU #MyBrothersKeeper #datajam
  12. "the treasure is there, we just have to find it" - @JIMSEDU addressing the crowd at #MyBrothersKeeper #datajam
  13. "You can't pour data on a kid to make him smart, we have to build solutions, that's why we are here today" - #MyBrothersKeeper #datajam
  14. Packed house. I could get used to more Saturdays like this. @JIMSEDU inspiring our Data Jammers. #MyBrothersKeeper http://t.co/vSSBHGbolx
    Packed house. I could get used to more Saturdays like this. @JIMSEDU inspiring our Data Jammers. #MyBrothersKeeper pic.twitter.com/vSSBHGbolx
  15. After the kickoff, we split up into focus area groups to start jamming! 
  16. My focus area was "Successfully Entering the Workforce."  Before we started working, we were briefed by govies from the Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor and Statistics on the data they collect and what it means. 
  17. Learning about the Current Population Survey from @BLS_gov and what labor fore #data means at #MyBrothersKeeper #datajam
  18. The annual socio-economic supplement (march supplement) is used by @BLS_gov to estimate poverty in America #MyBrothersKeeper #datajam
  19. The govies from Department of Labor, Department of Education, the White House, and elsewhere stayed around as subject matter experts and coaches for the 20 data jam teams.  
  20. My team decided to focus on the following 3 questions: 
  21. "how can we help practitioners get #data that will help them connect young people to jobs?" - #MyBrothersKeeper #datajam @GUimpact
  22. We came up with an application that takes advantage of employment/market data already being collected by Department of Labor.  That database will connect users to possible career paths, training opportunities in their geographic region, and eventually a job! 
  23. After a few hours of jamming, we gathered in the common area for an idea showcase. 
  24. Each team had 3 minutes to pitch their idea to Deputy Secretary Shelton and Sonal Shah from Georgetown's Beek Center for Social Impact.  
  25. The top 5 ideas and visualizations moved on to the next round. My team (WhenIAm.com) made it! We will work on our application for the next month and pitch again in September! 
  26. Sonal Shah closed out the event. I can't wait to see the Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) and data visualizations from the other teams in September. The data jam was a first step towards building the tools that will ensure My Brother's Keeper is successful and sustainable. 

    Find out more about it at mbk.ed.gov 
  27. Smart people hacking away at problems (ensconced in mod furniture). Good way to spend a day. #MyBrothersKeeper http://t.co/wAwYSWgBCL
    Smart people hacking away at problems (ensconced in mod furniture). Good way to spend a day. #MyBrothersKeeper pic.twitter.com/wAwYSWgBCL
  28. agreed....