Blog: Advanced Computing for Social Change
The Advanced Computing for Social Change (ACSC) Program held their inaugural event 13-16 November 2016 in conjunction with SC16. The event was hosted by XSEDE, TACC, and SC16, and identified 20 diverse graduate and undergraduate students who were historically underserved in STEM for participation in a week-long data-centric computing challenge.
The challenge used computation, data analysis, and visualization to produce a view of police violence and rhetoric surrounding the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The program was deemed to have accomplished its goals, including establishing a connection between computing and being able to do something about social change and providing students with confidence in being able to tackle social issues using their STEM knowledge.