Graduate Studies


On September 21st, CSUN will launch the 2nd annual DataJam with the theme: RESILIENT LA!

The City of Los Angeles was selected as an inaugural member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network in 2013. This global network, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, helps member cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges of the 21st century. Read the mayor's strategic plan for a Resilient LA here. Please RSVP for Launch Day here.

 In DataJam 2018, students will discover the scope of resilience based on these topics:

1) Health & Wellbeing (social/health equity)

2) Economy (industry, business, finance)

3) Infrastructure - Planning & Development (urban development, land use, mapping)

4) Infrastructure - Critical Services (transportation, water, energy, communications)

5) Environment (biology, ecology, climate change)

6) Disaster (prep, recovery, public safety, risk assessment)

Open to all CSUN students, teams across disciplines will manipulate, analyze, and visualize data in response to challenges faced by the LA region. Teams will present their solutions in competition on October 12th. 

Student Team Information

All CSUN students interested in participating are encouraged to self-enroll for the DataJam 2018 course on Canvas by copying and pasting the following url:, students can sign up by copying and pasting the following url: using the following join code: D4C7TD. If you are unable to use these links, please complete this formThe course provides an overview of data science with tutorials on data visualization, mapping and geospatial data, statistical analysis, and using open data. Resources are also provided on resilience topics.

Data Science Workshops will be presented throughout the day on Friday, September 28th. See the workshop schedule for details. 

Students interested in competing in DataJam 2018 will form teams of at least two and no more than five CSUN students. Teams must register by 12:00 noon on Friday, October 5th using this Team Registration form. Entries must uploaded to the Portfolium Challenge by 9pm Wednesday, October 10th. Teams will present in competition on Friday, October 12th. 

Launch - September 21st

We are very excited to welcome Jory Wolf, VP of Digital Innovation at Magellan, as our keynote speaker at the launch of DataJam 2018!

As VP of Digital Innovation, Jory leads local governments in the development of strategic broadband and smart city projects, telecommunications policy, and IT best practice. Jory enjoyed a 35-year career with the City of Santa Monica where, as CIO for the City, he launched free ubiquitous City Wi-Fi, created Santa Monica City Net, a 100 gigabit broadband network supporting the development of Silicon Beach, and implemented smart city applications in transportation and public safety. He has received over 60 awards for information technology projects and was awarded the 2012 CIO Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Schedule: Oviatt Library Ferman Presentation Room

  • 11:30 a.m.: Check-in / Lunch served
  • 12:00 p.m.:  Welcome / Event overview
  • 12:15 p.m.: Keynote: Jory Wolf, VP of Digital Innovation at Magellan
  • 1:00 p.m.: break
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Resilience Topics
  • 2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Competition Guidelines / Student Q&A

Please RSVP for Launch Day here.

Workshop Schedule - September 28th

Details forthcoming.

Competition Day - October 12th

Details forthcoming.

Introduction to Data Science

New to data science? Review Professor Wayne Smith's presentation, "Introduction to Data Science." 

Award Categories & Judging Criteria

Details forthcoming.

DataJam Committee

Many thanks to our DataJam 2018 Committee!

  • Andrew Ainsworth (Psychology, CARE)
  • Elizabeth Altman (Oviatt Library)
  • Meeta Banerjee (Psychology)
  • Kyle Dewey (Computer Science)
  • Helen Heinrich (Information Technology)
  • Sherrie Hixon (Research & Graduate Studies)
  • Charissa Jefferson (Oviatt Library)
  • Crist Khachikian (Research & Graduate Studies)
  • Li Liu (Computer Science)
  • Megha Patel (Research & Graduate Studies)
  • Erika Reyes (Research & Graduate Studies)
  • Chris Salvano (Oviatt Library)
  • Tim Tiemann (CSUN Innovation Incubator)
  • Dongling Huang (Marketing)
  • Adriano Zambom (Mathematics)

DataJam Awards!!!

Winning teams will be announced on October 12th.