This is very helpful, thanks for doing it!
How is the maintenance of the site planned?
Is there a person in charge of periodically checking the different sources of grants and updating the page, or is there something automated?
As a possible feature it would be nice if it would show somewhere when this database was last updated :)
Thanks for the comment Simon. In principle you can automate almost everything in the cloud. Besides, we specialize in Data Science services so in the part "What are some example projects?" we emphasize to make a short meeting, because the needs of each organization are different and we can advise better knowing a little bit about the organization.
More professional services:
Together with Altruistic Agency these Agencies are working together to form an umbrella organisation but more info on this will soon be announced
Very good post! I agree with most of the points and the framing helps to see where there is room for improvement
Regarding this sentence: "In practice, it seems that many physical hubs but one virtual/intellectual hub may be best."
Do you have any particular thoughts on how to optimize a virtual hub or Schelling point?
For example, EAGx Virtual will take place in October and there might be some things that could make it a better Schelling point.
I imagine most orgs have a long tail of data science projects which aren't important enough to go through the hassle of hiring a consultant, but that would still add some value. Meanwhile, students are in constant search of important real world problems to work on for their research or clubs (I was in Cornell Data Science) but generally don't have a good idea of what would actually be useful. Having a place where orgs can just write down such problems and students/academics can find them seems like it would potentially unlock a lot of value.
I definitely agree. Optimally SEADS will provide this list of impactful projects.
Based on feedback of pitching a similar idea at EAG, most of the value isn't actually in the object level work, but in identifying altruistic technical talent and getting them more engaged in high impact cause areas (and eventually into the hiring pipeline). Having lots of undergrads and PhD students working on EA style data problems seems like a good way of doing this.
Hiring for EA is also on our list of "Possible directions for the future". Working hand-in-hand with talented and motivated volunteers seems like a good way to gauge someone's suitability for a long-term position.
Would it be possible to organise sessions in other timezones if there is demand for it? Like Europe, India,...