Lab41 is a “challenge lab” where the U.S. Intelligence Community comes together with their counterparts in academia, industry, and In-Q-Tel to tackle big data.

Innovation Through Collaboration

When it comes to big data, it can be difficult to know where to start, what to ask, or how to ask it.

Lab41 allows participants from diverse backgrounds to gain access to ideas, talent, and technology to explore what works and what doesn’t in data analytics. An open, collaborative environment, Lab41 fosters valuable relationships between participants.

Four Groups, One Mission

Lab41 is a Silicon Valley challenge lab where experts from the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), academia, industry, and In-Q-Tel come together to gain a better understanding of how to work with – and ultimately use – big data.

Lab41 focuses on these three core areas:

Intelligent Data

Intelligent Data

Can Big Data be made “intelligent?”

Can we develop features that allow it to connect dots that analysts are unaware of, but should be?

Lab41 is trying to answer these questions using algorithmic, architectural, and technical innovations.

Result Provenance

Result Provenance

Even the best analytic results are not always enough.

They often need to be accompanied by an explanation of how they were obtained.

We’re enhancing Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning through new forms of data presentation and analytic tradecraft.

Automated Policy

Automated Policy

The interpretation, implementation, and enforcement of policy are largely manual.

These processes that vary across organizations. Analysts often struggle to determine which data they can access, share, and use.

We’re working to make Intelligent Data a reality by developing policy controls to improve analysis and protect privacy.

In-Q-Tel (IQT) is the independent, strategic investor for the Central Intelligence Agency and the broader U.S. Intelligence Community.

Founded in 1999, IQT connects government, startups, and the Venture Capital community to accelerate innovation to further the IC mission.

IQT Labs represent strategic initiatives established to explore new and disruptive technologies, uncover solutions, and demonstrate the art of the possible in a variety of technology areas. Lab41 was established by IQT as a proving ground for the IC, academia, and startups, to experiment and collaborate on big data challenges.

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