• Work remotely
  • Flexible in schedule
  • Good for families
  • Good for youth

Data Science and Development Lead

4-6 hours / weekly
6 months minimum
What does ATTA stand for?
The Activism Through Technology and Art (ATTA) Society is a registered non-profit in British Columbia. We currently have 20+ enthusiastic members across B.C. and Ontario from various disciplines including engineering, architecture, digital art, data science, and commerce. We are currently based out of the eatART Foundation lab space in Vancouver.
 
What does ATTA do?
We are a community of individuals united in the belief that art and technology have the power to transform people's minds and hearts, and the world we live in. Together, we work on creative projects that amplify voices, share stories, and raise awareness for a diverse range of issues rooted in sustainability and social justice. Through artistic freedom and collaboration, we seek to nurture individuality, inspire compassion, and mobilise generations of thinkers, dreamers, creators, and advocates. You can learn more about us via our website: attasociety.org
 
What is “When Air Take Shape”, our current project?
 
Currently, our team of 20 members is building a large-scale, kinetic, and interactive sculpture that focuses on the impact of air quality. It explores a new way of artistic activism and impact measurement - evoking empathy through emotionally resonant experiences with art. 
 
Our work is also backed by data and science. To ensure this, we are working with Canada Research Chair and leading air quality researcher, Dr. Naomi Zimmerman from UBC’s Integrated Research in Energy, Air, Climate and Health (iREACH) Lab.
 
This installation will be exhibited publicly across Canada and internationally. 
 
We have just completed a successful crowdfunding campaign in October 2022:
-214% funded in 31 days
-Selected for "Projects We Love" by Kickstarter after Day 1
-Featured on Kickstarter's official Instagram page

We were also featured by several major media channels including  Daily Hive, North Shore News, Squamish Chief, Pique News Magazine, VancouverisAwesome, Prince George Citizen, and CityNews.

Up until today, we have raised over $15K in total through the support of over 100 donor organizations and individuals. 
 
Learn more about our project on our Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/attasociety/when-air-takes-shape-global-air-quality-interactive-art/description 
 
You can also read the DailyHive article about our project here: https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/bc-air-pollution-breathing-art 
 
Why should you join ATTA?
If any, or multiple, of the following, resonate with you - we encourage you to apply! 
-You enjoy art and/or technology and are excited by their intersections
-You want to make a difference in our society in unconventional ways
-You are hoping to create new connections within Vancouver’s creative and technology community
-You are hoping to build a portfolio
-You have an interest in social justice, data science, education, digital creation, or research

Role Description:
We are looking for a driven and creative Data Science and Development Lead to join our Digital Design Team as part of the “When Air Takes Shape” project. The volunteer(s) will play an important role in the following aspects:
 -Continue the development of a program that acquires recurring air quality data from open source APIs, transmits them to the installation via an Internet connection, stores them on the installation, and translates them into output to control the sculpture’s “breathing” movements. 
-Closely collaborate with the Digital Design Team Lead and the Mechanical Team
-Work with the UX designer on the team to create a front end for the user to select a country/region for the sculpture to manifest air quality data.
 
 
Qualifications:
-Enthusiastic about ATTA's mission and vision
-Understanding of, or strong interest in data science
-Proficiency in Python
-Ability to work with APIs and automation
-Ability to work independently
-Interest and passion to work on data related to environmental sustainability
-Feeling ready to embrace an awesome and supportive community of creators!
 
Timeline and Location: 
Starting in January 2023, this is a 6-month volunteer position with an average time commitment of approximately 3-5 hours per week (flexible). You will be working mostly remotely. Occasional in-person attendance at the eatART lab space (in Vancouver, BC) is welcomed but not required for this position.

How to apply:
Please fill out the following volunteer application form: 
https://forms.gle/VWTYf6GguSSjLcjLA 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at attasociety@gmail.com
 
Application Deadline: December 16, 2022
Position Duration: 6 months minimum
Why should you volunteer for this opportunity?
You will be able to collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team to create a meaningful piece of artwork and receive mentorship and professional development opportunities from the community of creators.
  • Remote or online
  • Flexible in schedule
  • Good for families
  • Good for youth