Global Data Dive

CUSP’s annual immersion program for graduate students that takes place in London, one of the leading smart cities around the world.

A Global Perspective on Urban Skills

Hosted by the CUSP London, the annual Global Data Dive invites students, researchers and academics from NYU CUSP, King’s College London, and other global partners to participate in a four-day hackathon that applies data science skills to real-world urban issues facing London. 

Each year, partners from public and private sectors (e.g. emergency services, London councils, etc.) join the Data Dive to pose research questions and provide relevant data sets. NYU CUSP students, as well as students from other participating universities, form small teams to analyze a different question throughout the week. 

The event culminates with final presentations of findings and proposed solutions. Students receive special recognition and a certificate of participation, with prizes awarded to especially impressive teams. The closing ceremony is open to the public with a wide range of guests invited. 

The 2023 Data Dive will be held from February 21-24th at CUSP London. NYU CUSP students will participate virtually. View the schedule of events.

2023 Theme: Health Analytics

The digitization of healthcare records, wearable monitoring devices, and personalized medicine have all created a massive shift in how we think about healthcare. Health analytics is a critical field that allows data scientists to collect, analyze, and interpret this type of data about patient care, as well as data surrounding disease prevention, clinical research, and even hospital staffing and supply chain management. The next big challenges will revolve around using this data to positively impact the field of healthcare and influence policies in an evidence-driven way. 
This is where we come in. 
During the 2023 Global Data Dive, students will use public domain data to investigate health analytics questions specifically related to mental health. They will 1) wrangle and understand data structure; 2) analyze the data and find key insights; and 3) design both a technical report and a clear, compelling data presentation for an end-user. 

Potential Research Areas


Do common mental health problems like depression and anxiety cluster in particular geographical areas across the UK?


Are serious mental health problems such as psychosis-schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorders more prevalent in urban built areas?

Physical Environment

What physical features of the built environment (i.e. green space, air pollution levels, street intersections, 'neighborhood walkability', etc.) are associated with common mental health conditions and/or serious mental health conditions?

Social Environment

What social features of the environment (population density, social disorganization, etc.) are associated with common mental health conditions and/or serious mental health conditions)?


Do mental health issues correlate with known physical health issues?

Why should students participate?

Networking Opportunities

Meet students, researchers, and urban data science practitioners from around the world.

Develop Consulting Skills

Hone your abilities to quickly understand a client's challenges and communicate a pragmatic yet creative solution.

Resume Building

Highlight your talents for future employers by adding the Data Drive participation to your resume or CV.

2023 Global Data Dive Schedule

Activities listed below are for NYU CUSP’s participants of the Global Data Dive only. However, the Final Presentations on Friday, February 24th are open to the public.

DAY ONE: Tuesday, February 21st

  • 8:00–11:00 AM EST – NYU CUSP students will join remotely for an introduction to the program.

DAY TWO: Wednesday, February 22nd

  • All Day – NYU CUSP students will work with their teams throughout the day, independent of the CUSP London teams. 

DAY THREE: Thursday, February 23rd

  • All Day – NYU CUSP students will work with their teams throughout the day, independent of the CUSP London teams. 

DAY FOUR: Friday, February 24th

  • 8:00–10:00 AM EST – All participating groups will make final presentations and winners will be selected.