Category: Data Science

Spark! Alum, Where Are They Now? Mark Bestavros

“Stay involved with Spark!. Mentor for the Innovation Fellows and the X-Lab. They’re a lot of fun, and you get to see familiar faces!” Mark Bestavros graduated from Boston University in 2019 and earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Science in Computer Science. Currently, Mark is a software engineer at Red Hat. A […]


Spark! Student Team Combats a Worldwide Epidemic

Worldwide there are an estimated 4.5 million people who are victims of sex trafficking, and far too often, the victims are closer than you’d think. That’s where project EPIK, “Everyman Protecting Innocent Kids,” steps in. Birthed in 2012, the project is combatting the demand for commercial sex. “Sex trafficking involves exploiting the vulnerable and the buyers […]

Change – Nobody is Immune to it, Not Even Spark! Projects

2020 magnified several faults in our system that have existed for ages — xenophobia, racism, classism, among countless other defects. A single hackathon paved the way to addressing those issues head on.  Spark!’s Resiliency Challenge allowed students, mentors, partners and alike from around the globe to develop innovation which addresses challenges associated with COVID-19. Project […]

Got the COVID-19 Blues? This App Is a Refuge

A rescinded job offer, graduation plans cancelled and little to zero social contact – can leave even the most positive people – at a loss. This was the case for computer science graduate student and Spark! software engineering TA, Asad Malik.  “What I noticed was that a lot of my friends were going through similar […]

Spark’s Secret Ingredient Isn’t the Technology – It’s the People

Machine learning, coding, software engineering – all concepts related to Spark!, but the real moving parts that keep Spark! going can’t be coded or prototyped. Students and faculty are at the heart of the process, and you don’t know enough about Spark! if you don’t know the name Dharmesh Tarapore – BU alum and Spark!’s […]

ForkOut: Restaurant Metadata Extraction from Unstructured Menu

This project includes using helping ForkOut match restaurants to users based on their tastes using restaurant metadata. Project Lead: ForkOut is a mobile application that makes restaurant reccomendations based on users taste preferences. Detailed Project Description: ForkOut recommends restaurants to users of the app. Metadata about a restaurant is required to match a user’s taste […]