Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin, Green Dot Public Schools, and UCLA Anderson School of Management are proud to launch the inaugural LA DataFest. LA DataFest is an annual month-long program that teaches high school students to work with data to address issues affecting Los Angeles communities. This year's LA DataFest will take place from November 3 - December 1, 2018.

High school student participants from across Los Angeles will team up with graduate student mentors from UCLA Anderson to preview UCLA's university-level analytical processes onsite. Students will learn advanced data analysis skills and strategies via in-person workshops and virtual "office hours" throughout the month. Students will also learn from LA Controller's Office staff about the civic impacts of data, data management, data software, and the City's data portals. These hands-on trainings will challenge students and teach them to work collaboratively with team members.

Each team will be assigned a specific problem to address using data analysis, and will present their findings to LA Controller Ron Galperin and members of the LA community at the DataFest event on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Program Timeline

Monday, October 1: Application period begins

Monday, October 16: Application deadline

Saturday, November 3: Students will attend an open data training and receive challenge assignment

  • Part 1: City 101
  • Part 2: Data-driven culture for civic impact
  • Part 3: Linear regression and clustering analysis
  • Part 4: Socrata software tutorial
  • Part 5: Q&A Mixer

Saturday, November 3 - Friday, November 30: Teams will work to solve their challenge, check in with mentors and Controller’s office Tech & Innovation staff

Friday, November 16: Field trip - Students will attend the UCLA Anderson Datathon, meeting mentors and team members

Saturday, December 1: Teams will present findings at the LA DataFest with Controller Ron Galperin


Program Application

Open to high school students who live or attend school in the City of Los Angeles

Free to apply and free to participate

Application period: Monday, October 1 - Monday, October 15, 2018


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