About the D4GC Event

Why the Data 4 Good Challenge?

Data is one of the fundamentals of our society. We want to use this “oil of the digital era” to fuel new research on topics that can be used for ethical, non-profit oriented goals. We provide an interesting cocktail of crash courses provided by experienced tutors on topics that are useful, relevant, and accessible so that everyone can contribute to the project. 

With the D4GC, our aim is to enrich students’ skillset with new experiences on how to analyse and process data in a meaningful manner. Furthermore we aspire to let participants work in an interdisciplinary way, such that they gain new insights from each other and learn to work in a more realistic environment.

Overview of the challenge concepts of previous editions:


Adapting to climate change

During this challenge, the student’s target was to asses the risks that climate change poses under a certain scenario and figure out how we can adapt to them.

Students were provided with 5 datasets. Datasets 1 and 2 helped them in their analysis of climate change risk. Dataset 3 provided general economic and demographic data. Datasets 4 and 5 provided background information around the climate change issue that they could use to build their storyline.


Urban Planning: Leuven City

Stad Leuven purchased 10 public benches to provide better infrastructure to seniors in Leuven. However, a lack of solid urban planning and covid outbreak intervened in the initiation of the bench installation.

During this challenge, students built their own data-driven urban planning to find proper locations to install the benches. The winning team’s solution was actually implemented by Leuven City.

They were provided with 4 datasets. Datasets 1 and 2 are the main datasets (Leuven demographic and location data) that you must utilize to come up with your solution. Datasets 3 and 4 (Traffic and Temperature) are publicly available and the D4GC web dashboard provided guidelines on how to utilize these data. 

Some Cool Facts

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Completed Challenges
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Emergent is a Leuven-based student organization with a focus on Data Science and AI. We increase awareness, develop relevant skills and create a community for data enthusiasts! For students and beyond we offer a broad range of activities including talks, workshops, consulting projects, career events, and challenges such as the D4GC.