Program Overview

Program Overview

Tackling the complex challenges of the 21st century -- climate change, resource inequities, and global health crises, to name a few -- will require robust, collaborative, transnational research networks with diverse data capacities. The Code for Science and Society Event Fund supports thoughtfully organized, inclusive event programming to cultivate the relationships and skills needed for more equitable next-generation scientific practices, infrastructures, and technologies. At CS&S Event Fund, we believe that strengthening communities of practice to build and maintain sociotechnical infrastructures that reflect community values can both grow technical skills and shift power to historically marginalized communities.

Code for Science & Society (CS&S) runs an event fund to support events that promote inclusion and broaden participation in open data science. This project is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through Grant GBMF8449 to Code for Science and Society (DOI: The fund is managed by the CS&S Events Fund Program Manager, Angela Okune. She comes to the program with over 10 years of experience working on open science and inclusive research practices. She is supported by Dr. Danielle Robinson, President and Co-Executive Director of CS&S, other CS&S staff,  the conference fund's advisory committee, and Kris Wade, Client Operations Manager at the Sans Souci Group.

The Event Fund is community-run meaning members from the broader community make up the selection committee and determine which events should be supported. We use a transparent submission and review process and look to support events addressing emergent topics and individuals from historically underserved and underrepresented populations. We take a community-centered approach to supporting events in the research-driven data science space that are grounded in the needs of the community.

Since its inception, over 350K USD has been awarded to two cohorts of grantees representing 24 event organization teams hailing from 21 countries across five continents. Audiences also span the globe with events reaching thousands of participants located in over 90 countries. The median size of grants received has been nearly $15,500 USD per organization.

Event Fund grantees have noted that the support has enabled them to deepen and expand their communities and mindfully build in the supporting infrastructure needed to run more inclusive virtual events that are sensitive to barriers of digital access, Internet connectivity, caregiving responsibilities, and language barriers, to name a few.

“Without the mobile Internet data [which was provided to participants that could have otherwise not afforded to join the virtual event], this event would have been so hard to run in a manner that was equitable and inclusive. The amount of the grant is significant in South African Rand and especially to support an event [which is often hard to get funding to support] so we are really grateful. This event really set the bar high and it will be hard to follow it up.”

- Event Fund Grantee

"The Event Fund gave us much more than money. It allowed us to meet other communities and similar initiatives; it gave us space to support each other among these communities and learn together to achieve our goals. I would also like to highlight that the proposals for our region often come from people who do not live or are not native to the region. In our case, CS&S was the first organization that trusted us and supported us so that we could carry out our activities, supported a proposal born and executed by Latin Americans for Latin Americans, respecting and valued local talent and knowledge."

- Event Fund two-time grantee

A participant at an Event Fund supported event stated:

“The experience was amazing and worth it. I really learnt a lot and hopefully will keep up on working on more OS. Love the diversity and networking that comes along with and am proud to have collaborated with my pair and contribution on the OS. thank you for the great platform.”

Questions can be addressed to [email protected]