Washington, DC, – The White House, through the National Science Foundation (NSF), today announced the establishment of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs. NSF's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) initiated the National Network of Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) program to foster multi-sector collaborations among academia, industry, and government. Four BD Hubs have been established, one each in the Midwest, Northeast, South, and West regions of the country. The BD Hubs are expected to serve a convening and coordinating role—helping to bring together a wide range of Big Data stakeholders in order to connect solution seekers with solution providers.
CompTIA sees the Hubs as facilitators of innovation and cross sector collaboration. “The Hubs will help bring together leaders across several disciplines to address issues of local, state, regional, and national importance,” said Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President, Public Advocacy, CompTIA. “They are incubators of innovation that will allow us to look at issues from a cross-cutting, non-siloed fashion.”
The following locations have been chosen by the National Science Foundation to represent each region: Northeast, Columbia University; South, Georgia Institute of Technology and University of North Carolina; Midwest, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; West, University of California, San Diego, University of California, Berkeley and University of Washington.
“The regional big data innovation hubs have an enormous potential to help accelerate technology adoption through the emphasis on data based solutions to national issues,” said Skip Newberry, Chairman, Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) and President of the Technology Association of Oregon. “We look forward to future collaboration with the Hubs.”
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