A Shout Out & a Deep Bow to the Data Academy Experts!

Data Academy Datathon 97_0There is this theory of change, in which we believe with all our souls, that the best way to make things, is to make them together and that learning and progressing is the best, when it happens within a community. This is how innovation becomes social.

There is this theory of change, in which we believe with all our souls, that the best way to make things, is to make them together and that learning and progressing is the best, when it happens within a community. This is how innovation becomes social. Now, the technology for transparency and accountability community and the Data Academy project would not be possible if it wasn’t for a number of very special people.

Here is to you: thank you. We love working with you, but we love you too!

Here comes a long list:

Feride Adili: hard-core coder, proud Open Data Kosovo emissary; involved in Data Academy workshop in Montenegro

Michael Bauer: an absolute master of refining data, a wonderful teacher and coding companion; currently works for der Standardat (twitter)

Maciej Biłas: a creator of databases (SCALA!) and a talented photographer; software engineer and civic hacker; involved in building the Bosnian elections results website(twitter)

(in the picture: Dona Dzambaska planning)

Drew Bollinger: a math genius who never thought he would end up doing socially relevant work; a developer and data analyst at Development Seed; involved in building the Bosnian elections results website (read more) (twitter)

Lucy Chambers: a tech to human translator, check out her blog, involved in the Data Academy Datathon (read more, twitter)

Dona Dzambaska: multi-talented, direct and very, very cool, manages different initiatives at Metamorphosis, also runs the School of Data – Macedonia project; involved in building the Bosnian elections results website, running Data Academy workshop in Macedonia and the Datathon (more) (twitter)

Pero Gabud: helping hand in the moment of emergency; involved in the Data Academy Datathon

Pero Gabud and Rita Zagoni working

(in the picture: Per Gabud and Rita Zagoni and Georges Labreche)

Tin Geber: an all-embracing facilitator and a truly cosmopolitan personality, currently taken by the engine room; involved in all Data Academy related activities (read more)(twitter)

Elena Ignatova: activists who knows why codding matters; involved in Data Academy workshop in Macedonia (twitter)

Codrina Illie: geo data rock star, also very good at foosball; a School of Data Fellow and a PhD Student at the Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest; involved in building the Bosnian elections results website (twitter)

Martin Keegan: a linguist who codes and a coder who talks; involved in the Data Academy Datathon (twitter)

Uroš Krčadinac and Tin Geber working with the Serbian team

(in the picture: Tin Geber an Uroš Krčadinac working with Serbian team)

Uroš Krčadinac: a multi-talented storyteller and a kind, warm human being. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Belgrade’s AI Lab, where he combines information visualization, linked open data and machine learning; involved in Data Academy workshops and the Datathon. (read more)

Feđa Kulenović: a true librarian at heart, the greatest tech-to-human translator in the Balkans, involved in building the Bosnian elections results website, expert for the Data Academy workshops and the Datathon (read more) (twitter)

Georges Labrèche: the most unpretentious and fashionable international hipster geek ever. A natural on stage, also a Systems Engineer, a Founder of Open Data Kosovo. (read more) (twitter)

Alicja Peszkowska, Tin Geber, Feđa Kulenović and Lucy Chambers thinking a lot ;)

(in the picture: Tin Geber, Feđa Kulenović and Lucy Chambers thinking a lot with Alicja Peszkowska quietly watching)

Steve Nagoski: a totally kick-ass data scientist with a wonderful personality which shows! Works at TechSoup Global and is based out of San Francisco; involved in building the Bosnian elections results website (twitter)

Jacopo Ottaviani: a journalist and Southerner at heart though based in a hipster Berlin,works at Tactical Technology Collective as data journalism and information visualisation trainer; involved in building the Bosnian elections results website (twitter)

Enisa Ramic: the youngest in the team whose scrupulousness helped to embrace Bosnian election data; works in Zašto ne

Ian Schuler: a great strategist with a passion for election data, a CEO of Development Seed; involved in building the Bosnian elections results website (read more) (twitter)

Bojana Šekeljić: a coder and community manager who kicks ass, while being the nicest person ever;  involved in the Data Academy Datathon (twitter)

Srećko Šekeljić: social tech strategist, a journalist and campaigner, involved in the Data Academy Datathon (read more) (twitter)

Alexey Sidorenko: a true hacktivist and a mountain climber! A specialist on Russian internet and a coder, a director of Teplitsa of Social Technologies; involved in the Data Academy Datathon (read more, twitter)

Michał Szota and Mushon Zer-Aviv: both #dataviz wizards involved in the Data Academy Datathon. Check out their blogs: Michał – http://szota.biz/p/  and Mushon –http://mushon.com/

Michał ‘rysiek’ Woźniak: an open source evangelist with lots of patience, currently works at OCCRP in Sarajevo; involved in the Data Academy Datathon, you can find him on Diaspora.

Rita Zagoni – a programmer, passionate privacy advocate, with the best earrings. She works on spreading information on online privacy at the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union; involved in the Data Academy Datathon (read more, twitter)

Hey, we hope to see you soon, sometime. Be it while coding or else!

Hvala lijepa Prijatelji, here is to you!

Yours,

Anka & Alicja

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