The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020 The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020

A Virtual Technology, Data & Community Conference

Hosted by the Census Open Innovation Labs at the U.S. Census Bureau

The Opportunity Project (TOP), an innovation program within the U.S. Census Bureau, champions the idea that working with government can be collaborative, groundbreaking, and even fun.  Over the past 5 years, TOP has brought together hundreds of people from around the nation and world to create life-changing technology, driven by real people and powered by open data.  This year our Earth-themed sprints focused on natural and built environment challenges, in collaboration with EPA, USDA, OMB, the State Department, HUD, the Wilson Center, USA for UNHCR, and more than 300 sprint participants. We’ll feature 35+ new tools -- our biggest year yet -- created through the sprints, and the launch of the TOPx toolkit for federal agencies.  

Demo Week is a celebration of work accomplished this year and the values our community embodies: 


As we mark the 5 year anniversary of TOP, we aim to inspire, connect, and continue solving problems together!




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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

→ Keynote Natural Environment
Building Resilience into Fractured Systems: Recycling, Agriculture, and Community Reactions
Sarah Kollar
Sarah Kollar Ocean Conservancy, Outreach Manager, International Coastal Cleanup, Trash Free Seas Program
Lucas Mariacher
Lucas Mariacher City of Phoenix, Operations Manager
Susan Mudd
Susan Mudd ELPC, Senior Policy Advocate
Dr. Ming-Chih Hung
Dr. Ming-Chih Hung Northwest Missouri State University, Professor of Geography/GIScience
→ Panel Technology for Good
Igniting Civic Tech Innovation for the Next Generation
Andreen Soley
Andreen Soley New America, Director, Public Interest Technology (PIT) University Network
Nicole Clark Youth Mappers, TOP product developer
Ivan Stoykov
Ivan Stoykov George Mason University, Student
Lucas Chu
Lucas Chu Harvard IOP STEAM Team, Lead

Thursday, December 10, 2020

→ Keynote Built Environment Technology for Good Community Building
Empowering Communities for Resilience and Sustainable Growth
Meaghan Kennedy
Meaghan Kennedy Orange Sparkle Ball, Founder
Chelsea Blake
Chelsea Blake National Indian Gaming Association, Legislative Director
Colin Foard
Colin Foard The Pew Charitable Trusts, Manager
Jake Akervik
Jake Akervik HUD: US Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Federal Liaison/Analyst, Community Initiatives
Basma Alawee
Basma Alawee Refugee Congress, Florida Refugee Organizer
→ Keynote Civics Education Government Innovation
Don’t Forget the Data – or the Civics: Digital Education for a New Generation
Jim Richardson
Jim Richardson U.S. Department of State, Director of Foreign Assistance
Terri Susan Fine
Terri Susan Fine University of Central Florida, Content Specialist, Florida Joint Center for Citizenship and Professor of Political Science

Friday, December 11, 2020

→ Panel Technology for Good Human-Centered Design
Veterans Voices + Tech to Support Mental Health with Writer/Designer/Advocate Ben Sledge
Ben Sledge
Ben Sledge HeartSupport, Director of Veteran Outreach
Bryan Lane
Bryan Lane General Services Administration, Technology Transformation Services, Co-Founder, AI Center of Excellence
Chris Bourne
Chris Bourne Department of Housing and Urban Development, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Innovation
→ Workshop Technology for Good Community Building
Innovating at any Scale: Civic Tech for State and Local Government
Sarah Kerner
Sarah Kerner CivStart, Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Nick Lyell
Nick Lyell CivStart, Co-Founder & Chief Impact Officer
Katya Abazajian
Katya Abazajian Beeck Center, Fellow, Data + Digital
Josh Sorin
Josh Sorin Centre for Public Impact, Program Director, City Innovation

Accessibility: Captioning (CART or Communication Access Real-Time Translation) will be provided for ALL sessions held via zoom or live streamed via youtube. Sign language interpreting services will be made available as requested for individual sessions. If you would like to request ASL interpreting services or have questions concerning accommodations, please email us at [email protected].