Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin, Green Dot Public Schools, and UCLA Anderson School of Management are proud to present LA DataFest -- a free, 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 Saturday, February 2, 2019 to Saturday, March 2, 2019.

High school students from across Los Angeles will visit City Hall and team up with UCLA graduate student mentors to learn advanced data analysis skills 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 community problem to address using data analysis, and will present their feedback to city official LA Controller Ron Galperin and members of the LA community at the DataFest event on Saturday, March 2, 2019.

Program Schedule

Monday, January 7: Application period begins

Thursday, January 31: Application deadline

Saturday, February 2: Program begins - Training day at City Hall

February 2 - March 1: Teams will work together on their challenge and check in with mentors

Saturday, March 2:  L.A. DataFest team presentations with LA Controller Ron Galperin


Program Application

  • Open to high school students who live or attend school in the City of Los Angeles
  • Application period: January 7 - 31
  • Free to apply and free to participate

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