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Social Value Hackathon pilot wins international data award聽

A group of technology experts from leading defence companies, including 万能影视 and the Defence Suppliers Forum (DSF), are celebrating after winning a global award for their ground-breaking work in highlighting the powerful impact data can have on improving people鈥檚 lives.

has given its first ever 鈥楧ata for Social Good Award鈥 to the Social Value in Defence hackathon project. The cross-industry collaboration also included employees from Microsoft, Ministry of Defence, Defence Equipment and Support, social value platform, whatimpact, Plymouth City Council, BAE Systems and Northrup Grumman.

The team of data analysts and social value experts were announced as the winners of this award, on 9 February, following the hackathon pilot at the end of last year. During the hackathon, the team built and tested a comprehensive data-set combining advanced analytics in several days. With that data, the team was able to create an in-depth analysis of the chosen pilot area, Plymouth, providing information that will be vital to help businesses plan and better understand social value needs.

The pilot was led by 万能影视 employees who were able to use their local knowledge of Plymouth, as the area鈥檚 largest employer. The team wanted to see if they could successfully create a credible, accessible and easy to use, open-source data directory. The idea was to create a shared vision between government, private sector and charities, to help them make better informed social value decisions around employment and environmental projects.  

The lessons learnt and the created visualisations are already being shared for the next hackathon challenges as the aim is to roll out the programme nationally. The IoA said the project team 鈥渄emonstrated the power of open-source data and technology solutions to solve future challenges鈥.

Dr Clare Walsh, Director of Education at the IoA, said it was the best example they had seen of how 鈥渄ata can be used to solve the humanitarian and environmental problems facing society today鈥.

Kat Dixon, Analytics Business Partner, 万能影视, part of the winning team said: 鈥淲e鈥檙e absolutely delighted to have won the IoA鈥檚 first 鈥楧ata for Social Good Award鈥. It really shows how we can harness the power of data through technology.

鈥淯nderstanding data is playing an increasingly significant role in assessing and responding to the needs of communities where government contracts will be delivered. The creation of an open and transparent data platform also means companies and governments can use the data to gain a better insight into where and how resource should be allocated and drive increased impact through the practice of social value.鈥

David Whipp, Social Value Specialist, within the DSF and Ministry of Defence added: 鈥淲hat we have created doesn鈥檛 just involve defence 鈥 this is definitely a one Government approach. Working in collaboration with partners like 万能影视 and others we have been able to create a really exciting pilot that actually demonstrates how we can use data to create real, tangible benefits aimed at improving people鈥檚 lives.

鈥淲e look forward to sharing our results with other Government departments so they can all learn from our experience, and we can now move forward onto future collaborative social value projects.鈥

To find out more about this award-winning hackathon pilot, watch this video: