Insight Sprints

Bring us your problems.

We welcome participation from professionals from the business community. To bring us your big data difficulties, contact Sanjay Srivastava at to explore how your company can partner with the institute and find solutions.

These unique, collaborative engagements provide organizations with the opportunity to gain insight into a big data challenge.

Organizations with exploratory big data projects bring their staff and data together with institute faculty and students to engage in a 3- to 4-week focused effort to understand what is in their data and what can be done with it in the institute’s big data lab.

Students work in teams on data sprints to find solutions to these real business problems involving data management and applications. The students tackle each project with a company staff member and devise possible solutions.

The objective is to see if specific questions can be answered using the data or if the data may be helpful in other ways.

In fact, our inaugural cohort of MSA 2015 students already has worked with a large hotel group to improve revenue estimates for bookings.

Watch a video of an Insight Sprint in action, plus student and employer commentary.