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An inclusive community for catalyzing and scaling data science for social needs


The West Big Data Innovation Hub, one of four regional hubs funded by the National Science Foundation, includes contributors and data enthusiasts from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and a global network of partners.


Our mission is to build and strengthen strategic partnerships across academia, industry, nonprofits, and government — connecting research, education, and practice to harness the data revolution.


The West Hub is your Hub. Whether it is participating in a data challenge or carpentry workshop or working towards a more resilient water future—and everything in between—we invite you to join our diverse and growing team of stakeholders that envisions a community empowered to contribute to a thriving West.


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Raise awareness of regional opportunities, inspiring new contributions and commitments

Catalyze team formation across academia, industry, nonprofits, and government

 Develop and enable translational data science pilot projects in our thematic areas

Support data science education, training, and workforce development


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Join the 2024 UW Data Science for Social Good Program!


The UW Data Science for Social Good summer program brings together students, stakeholders, data scientists, and domain researchers to work on focused, collaborative projects for societal benefit. Applications are being accepted from UW and beyond for the 2024 program. Student Fellow applications are due February 12, and Community Project Proposal submissions are due on February 20.

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The West Hub has an array of affiliates throughout the western states. Click on each state for a glimpse of "big data" spotlights.


Two Western States Teams Compete in Student Cluster Competition at SC2023 in Denver

Two teams from the western U.S. participated in the 2023 Student Cluster Competition (SCC) held in conjunction with November’s Supercomputing Conference (SC) in Denver. The University of New Mexico (UNM) and the University of California at San Diego (UC San Diego)  both participated in the SCC with the latter winning third place overall and first place in the MLPerf Contest. 



UNLV Awarded $3M to Establish Scholarship Program for Cyber Defense

UNLV has been awarded a five-year $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to train the next generation of cyber defense professionals. The CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program, housed in the UNLV College of Engineering, will cultivate cybersecurity experts skilled in artificial intelligence and machine learning for service in federal and local government.


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