About Big Data Ignite

Big Data Ignite is a Michigan nonprofit based in Grand Rapids. Our mission is to provide education and training in areas of data-intensive computing technology that hold the greatest potential for innovation and competitive advantage
We seek to establish Michigan as a recognized center-of-excellence in these areas. Current areas of focus include large-scale data management, predictive analytics, machine learning, cloud computing, and the internet of things.

Elliot J.R. Church, J.D.

Director & Co-Founder | Big Data Ignite, Inc.

Tuhin Mitra

Director & Co-Founder | Big Data Ignite, Inc.

Program Advisory Board

Kaushal Bhatt


David Zeitler, Ph.D.

Grand Valley State University

Bhaskar Gunda

​​Open Systems Technologies

Michael Bloem, Ph.D.


Zack Ramjan

Van Andel Institute

Randall Pruim, Ph.D.

Calvin College

Sagar Kewalramani