The Big Data Visualization Institute is a seven-day, summer program in July 2018 for Von Steuben students and other Chicago high school students to learn about big data sets and creative ways to express patterns of information to make decisions. More specifically, students will:


  • Examine big data sets related to urban social and technical issues, including social media, sports and entertainment, safety and security, healthcare, and more

  • Develop creative ways to express patterns of information with mixed/multimedia installation, performance art, and web-based applications

  • Learn how to make decisions about these issues based on the best available data

  • Work alongside and be mentored by Illinois Tech undergraduate students 

  • Exhibit and communicate your work in the final exhibition at IPRO Day at Illinois Tech


Dates and Location

The dates of the Big Data Visualization Institute are July 10th – July 26th on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:50 to 4:15 pm AND July 27th for the IPRO Day exhibit event from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Events will take place at Illinois Institute of Technology in the IIT Tower located at 10 West 35th Street.



All current Von Steuben Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are eligible to apply. To apply to the program, students must submit the online application by the deadline.


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, June 29th, 2018



Art and Big Data

This short video from the Wall Street Journal illustrates how art can be used to explain data which in turn describes the concept behind the Big Data Visualization Institute.

Illinois Tech and Big Data

If you were asked to analyze the on average 200 million tweets posted each day on Twitter, how would you go about it? This article highlights how one Illinois Tech graduate is tackling this gigantic data set.

Click on image above or here to read article