Our Vision

Big Data Ignite seeks to foster local and regional expertise in advanced computing technologies and practice, including large-scale data management, predictive analytics, machine learning, cloud computing, and the internet of things.

Our History

Big Data Ignite was born out of a shared vision: To foster a local center of excellence in advanced computing technologies and practice. After initial success in organizing local Meetup groups, co-founders Elliott and Tuhin realized that to achieve their goal, the scope and scale of activism would need to grow. So, in 2016, the Big Data Ignite conference was launched! In its first year, the conference attracted over 30 presenters and over 200 participants. The two-day conference was designed to provide hands-on skills in data-related tools and techniques, as well as a practical overview of the data-technology landscape and the state of the art. The first day of the conference was devoted to deep-dive workshops by major tool vendors and academics. The second day was filled with visionary keynote addresses, panel discussions, and practical breakout sessions focusing on use-cases and strategy in the areas of data analytics, data management, IoT, and cloud computing. It was a combination that worked ‚ bringing together hands-on learning and strategic guidance from practicing experts.

Big Data Ignite 2017, 2018, and 2019 steadily built the momentum. The conference grew to three days, over 50 presenters, and over 400 participants, offering an even broader variety of workshops, keynotes, and breakout sessions, with a special focus on AI. The conference also featured complimentary gourmet meals and refreshments, entertainment, and abundant networking opportunities.

Big Data Ignite continues to push the envelope, creating a top-notch, regional data-technology community that brings together not only data scientists and engineers, but also business leaders, civic leaders, teachers, and students. Join us!

Directors

Elliott Church, J.D.

Co-director and Co-founder
Big Data Ignite

Attorney-at-Law
Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos, P.C.

Tuhin Mitra

Co-director and Co-founder
Big Data Ignite

Director of Digital Transformation
Initech Global

Program Committee

David Zeitler, Ph.D.

(Co-chair)

Associate Professor of Statistics
Grand Valley State University

Randall Pruim, Ph.D.

(Co-chair)

Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Calvin University

Michael Bloem, Ph.D.

Principal Data Scientist
Mosaic Data Science

Matthew Morris

Enterprise Sales Executive
Confluent

Tuhin Mitra

Co-director and Co-founder
Big Data Ignite

Director of Digital Transformation
Initech Global

Elliott Church, J.D.

Co-director and Co-founder
Big Data Ignite

Attorney-at-Law
Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos, P.C.

Samantha Milano

(Social Media)

Data Scientist
General Motors

Research Committee

Omar Malik, Ph.D.

(Chair)

Associate Professor of Management
School of Management
Kettering University

Randall Pruim, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Calvin University

Neil Carlson, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Social Research
Calvin University

Michael Bloem, Ph.D.

Principal Data Scientist
Mosaic Data Science

David Zeitler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Statistics
Grand Valley State University

Marie Mooney, Ph.D.

Research Scholar
Duke University

Visiting Scientific Collaborator
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Sponsorship Committee

Matthew Morris

(Chair)

Enterprise Sales Executive
Confluent

Elizabeth Kurth

Data Analyst
Booking.com

Tuhin Mitra

Co-director and Co-founder
Big Data Ignite

Director of Digital Transformation
Initech Global

Elliott Church, J.D.

Co-director and Co-founder
Big Data Ignite

Attorney-at-Law
Kreis, Enderle, Hudgins & Borsos, P.C.

Marketing Committee

Salil Khetani, Ph.D.

(Marketing Strategy)

Assistant Professor of Marketing
Heidelberg University

Samantha Milano

(Social Media)

Data Scientist
General Motors

Andrew Pruim

(Graphic Art and Video Production) 

Principal
Pruim Digital Media

David Langlois

(Website Development) 

Lead Data Governor
AF Group

Thomas Geib

(Video Production)

Student
Western Michigan University

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We are always looking for sponsors and volunteers to join us in our mission.

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