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Data Detectives

Main Project Information
Goal Learn how big data impacts teens
Task Interact online with big data
Where Online only

Beginning November 14 through the end of the year, students ages 13-18 around the globe are invited to participate in “Data Detectives”, an engaging web experience to learn about how Big Data will impact their lives and the world they will be inheriting.

Data Detectives is the student component of the Human Face of Big Data, a global crowdsourced project conceived by “Day in Life” series creator Rick Smolan. It aims to help people better visualize the ways big data is shaping our future on this planet, and includes a smartphone app, worldwide events, a large format illustrated book with an interactive iPad app, and a documentary.

The Data Detectives initiative invites students to answer questions, explore fascinating examples of how Big Data is changing their world, interact with real-time data and see how other students around the globe are impacted in similar and different ways.

How to Join

Students can explore the Data Detectives web experience at

Social Media
Required Gear

A computer with Internet access

Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At night, At home
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags Big Data Curriculum Teachers, Big Data Student Projects, Student Big Data, Student Web Experience
Project Updated 04/11/2017