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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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Welcome to Demo Week! Opening message from Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham
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Steven Dillingham
Steven Dillingham
U.S. Census Bureau, Director
Drew Zachary
Drew Zachary
Census Open Innovation Labs, Managing Director
Lorena Molina-Irizarry
Lorena Molina-Irizarry
Census Open Innovation Labs, Director of Operations

Join us to kick off The Opportunity Project Demo Week! Day 1 will focus on showcasing innovative products to defend and restore the natural environment, lifting up voices from indigenous communities, and featuring perspectives from student innovators.

The Census Bureau is more than just data. In his welcome remarks, Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham will speak about the Census Bureau’s leading role in advancing the federal statistical community’s  collaboration efforts via The Opportunity Project, exploring industry engagement, and how other agencies can join us in collaborating to improve federal data quality, usability, and how we share it with the public.  

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Earth Day Every Day: Empowering the Public to Understand Threats to Oceans and Air
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Jenna Jambeck
Jenna Jambeck
University of Georgia, Distinguished Professor and National Geographic Fellow
Siddharth Muchhal
Siddharth Muchhal
Georgetown University, Student
Elizabeth Nguyen
Elizabeth Nguyen
Georgetown Beeck Center, Student
Naveen Narayanan Meyyappan
Naveen Narayanan Meyyappan
Rutgers University, Graduate Student
Keith VanGraafeiland
Keith VanGraafeiland
Esri, Principal Product Engineer
Kunal Sawarkar
Kunal Sawarkar
IBM, Principal Data Scientist
Sruti Modekurty
Sruti Modekurty
OpenAQ, Platform Lead
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Chace Paulson
American University, MS Data Science
Sukhmeet Bedi
Sukhmeet Bedi
Rutgers Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Academy, Student

As stewards of the Earth, we have an obligation to limit our negative impacts on the ecosystems we inhabit. Unfortunately, we are often unaware of how our decisions and actions affect the planet. In this session, hear from environmental advocates as they describe how public information tools can foster environmental stewardship, and from technologists as they share the digital products they've created to reduce ocean plastic pollution and help the public understand the effects of transportation emissions.  Featuring lightning talks by Esri, IBM, OpenAQ, Georgetown, Rutgers, and American University.


Co-hosted by NOAA

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Building Resilience into Fractured Systems: Recycling, Agriculture, and Community Reactions
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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
Ali Akil
Ali Akil
Eco Bloc, CEO + Co-founder
Mikel Maron
Mikel Maron
Mapbox, Community Team Lead
Dave Williams
Dave Williams
Newlight Technologies, CLOUD ARCHITECT AND SENIOR CONSULTANT
Polina Girshman
Polina Girshman
SAP, Senior Manager, Experience Design
James Sullivan
James Sullivan
SAP, Head, Global Sustainability Innovation Accelerator
Eric Ewing
Eric Ewing
General Services Administration (GSA), Director, AI Center of Excellence
Dominica Zhu
Dominica Zhu
Lead Program Manager and Impact Strategist

The systems that connect society and our natural environment pose challenges that technology may help us to solve.  Recycling is a billion dollar industry that provides millions of jobs to American workers, yet there is great untapped potential for connecting companies and manufacturers that need access to raw and recycled materials. Farmers and ranchers are part of a vital infrastructure that powers America, but are often at the mercy of environmental and economic conditions out of their control. Connecting people to data and information is key to solving both of these challenges.  Join this session to hear about the treasure trove of data at USDA, from AI and data expert Eric Ewing, and then hear about new products built through TOP sprints by SAP, Eco Bloc, Mapbox, and Newlight Technologies.

On the Ground Community Reactions: Lightning Round Discussion

Following these demos, join our community experts from conservation and advocacy groups, city government, universities, policy centers and more to discuss how we can translate these incredible tools to reach those that need them the most. In this lightning round, co-creators of the products will reflect on how they can be deployed in their communities, the potential impact and benefit to targeted end users, and next steps ahead. Featuring speakers from The Ocean Conservancy, City of Phoenix, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Universities and more. 

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LIVE DEMO EXPO: Natural Environment Technology Products
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Step into the Virtual Expo Hall on Hopin and attend live technology demos with teams from The Opportunity Project’s 2020 sprints on natural environment challenges.  Ask questions and connect directly with the teams who built these tools. Featuring 14+ products from TOP's Natural Environment sprint.

This event is being hosted on Hopinwhere you will be able to connect directly with the teams and other attendees. More information about entering the Expo and each of the tech teams can be found below!

Expo Registration:

  • You can register for the Natural Environment expo at any time before or during the expo at this registration link. You will need to create a Hopin account with your name and email.

  • Once you are registered, we recommend spending a few minutes to fill in your profile with your name, company & title, and a photo. You can find this at “Edit Profile” in the top upper-right corner of the event dashboard.

Entering the Event:

  • Once the expo goes live at 2:20pm ET on December 9, click this link to join the Live Demos. You can find the booths by navigating to “Expo” within the panel on the left of your screen.

  • Within Expo, you will see 14+ booths. Clicking on one will take you to the booth, where you can interact with the tech teams and view their demos! More information about each of these booths is included below.

  • There will be a “Helpdesk Booth” if you have any questions about the event or need help troubleshooting, you are welcome to stop by.

Products featured at the expo: 

Reducing Ocean Plastics

Recycling

Transportation Emissions & Air Quality

Geospatial Data for Agricultural Decision-Making

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Igniting Civic Tech Innovation for the Next Generation
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Andreen Soley
Andreen Soley
New America, Director, Public Interest Technology (PIT) University Network
Nicole Clark
Nicole Clark
Youth Mappers, TOP product developer
Ivan Stoykov
Ivan Stoykov
George Mason University, Student
Lucas Chu
Lucas Chu
Harvard IOP STEAM Team, Lead

What inspires students to use their tech skills for social good? What are the biggest barriers to pursuing a career in civic technology, and do higher education institutions have an obligation to address them? Join us to hear from Harvard, George Mason and Villanova students who participated in the inaugural TOP University Sprint  through a panel moderated by Andreen Soley, Director of New America’s Public Interest Technology University Network.

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Native Voices: What Do We Need To Hear? How Technology, Data and Government Can Best Serve Tribal Communities
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Jacob Crane (Tsuut'ina Nation)
Jacob Crane (Tsuut'ina Nation)
SLC Air Protectors, Executive Director
Geoffrey Blackwell (Chickasaw, Choctaw, Omaha, and Muscogee Creek)
Geoffrey Blackwell (Chickasaw, Choctaw, Omaha, and Muscogee Creek)
AMERIND, Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel
Maria Howeth (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)
Maria Howeth (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)
eCivis, Sr. Customer Success Manager and Tribal Specialist

An intimate discussion with inspiring and dynamic leaders from tribal communities on their needs during exceptionally challenging times, the  work currently being done by tribal organizations,  and the most effective and appropriate ways to create external partnerships that ultimately put native communities’ well-being at the center of it all.  Tune in for a rare opportunity to hear from our native leaders, and the wisdom, concerns and suggestions they have to share. Featuring speakers from Choctaw Nation, Tsuut'ina Nation, and Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

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Talkhouse: A Networking Happy Hour & Social Media Storm
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Whether you grab a coffee or a cocktail, join us after a full day of panels to connect and meet attendees. Post and share your favorite moments from the day as you “bar hop” across chatrooms. Here's a media kit to get you started!


Thursday, December 10, 2020

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Day 2 Opening Keynote: HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson
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Secretary Ben Carson
Secretary Ben Carson
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary

On Day 2, we’ll recap highlights from day 1, showcase more than 20 new products focusing on the built environment and civics education, and open our playbook to share what we’ve learned from 5 years of TOP.   Don’t miss the opening keynote to hear about HUD’s vision for economic empowerment, partnership with the tech industry, and a vision for leadership and self-actualization in achieving our goals.

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Lifting Up Families for Economic Success: The Latest in Tech Towards the American Dream
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Daniel Goldsmith
Daniel Goldsmith
Julius Education, Managing Director & Cofounder
Jim Hill
Jim Hill
OPS1, CEO
Chris Lanoue
Chris Lanoue
Director Engineering and Operations, Graphicacy
Ja’Ron Smith
Ja’Ron Smith
The Center for Advancing Opportunity, Executive Director
Collin Stevens
Collin Stevens
USAHello, Director of Technology

The American dream means we can all achieve economic success and growth for our families - but what is the role of technology in ensuring that dream is available to everyone?  This year, we took on two challenges with that question at their core: enabling families to lift themselves up and achieve economic self-sufficiency - building on the groundbreaking Envision Center model championed by HUD, and helping resettled refugees to thrive in the new communities they now call home. Hear from 6 teams who took on these challenges about the solutions they created to support families nationwide, and what they learned in the process by hearing from refugees and families themselves. Featuring speakers from Julius Education, OPS 1, Mapbox & Graphicacy, Georgetown University, SAS, USA Hello, and more. 

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Empowering Communities for Resilience and Sustainable Growth
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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
Matthew Dalbey
Matthew Dalbey
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Director, Office of Community Revitalization
Patrick Corrigan
Patrick Corrigan
White House Office of Management and Budget, Senior Advisor, Performing the Duties of the Controller
Matt Dunne
Matt Dunne
Center on Rural Innovation, Founder and Executive Director
Linda Ge
Linda Ge
Citi Ventures, Assistant Vice President & Associate Product Manager, Studio
Ryan Harper
Ryan Harper
Citi Ventures, Senior Vice President & Senior Product Manager, Studio
Dawn Holl
Dawn Holl
Reveal Global Consulting, Vice President
Marie Breton
Marie Breton
Alteryx, Sales Engineer-Federal
Michelle Zee
Michelle Zee
Columbia University, Graduate Student
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Surekha Sreethar
iConsult Collaborative, Syracuse University, Program Manager
Salonee Ameria
Salonee Ameria
iConsult Collaborative, Syracuse University, Program Manager
Joe DiStefano
Joe DiStefano
UrbanFootprint, CEO & Co-Founder

Co-hosted by Orange Sparkle Ball

The health of rural communities and access to services, infrastructure, and data is critical to implementing solutions that tackle economic, environmental and human health challenges. In this session, technologists and community leaders come together to showcase creative solutions that help the American public understand the challenges, gaps and opportunities to help facilitate sustainable rural economic development and track federal financial assistance to local communities  in response to emergencies and disasters.  Featuring speakers from the White House Office of Management and Budget, Environmental Protection Agency, Center on Rural Innovation, Citi Ventures, UrbanFootprint, Alteryx, Baruch College, Syracuse University, and Columbia University. 

Translating Tools to Change: Community Reactions and End User Discussions

After hearing about these new products, are you curious to know how these tools will ultimately get into the hands of end users?  Join a group of brilliant community and subject matter experts , each from distinct communities across the country, and hear their reactions to the tools presented and reflections on how they will translate to real change and impact. Featuring speakers from the National Indian Gaming Association, Pew Trusts, HUD, and Refugee Congress. 

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Don’t Forget the Data – or the Civics: Digital Education for a New Generation
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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
Abhi Desai
Abhi Desai
LexGen, Founder
Amin Vafa
Amin Vafa
U.S. Department of State, Enterprise Data Strategy Lead
Meaghan E Murphy
Meaghan E Murphy
Suffolk University, MBA & MSM Candidate
Shradha Satish Kulkarni
Shradha Satish Kulkarni
iConsult Collaborative, Syracuse University, Program Manager
Jill Elizabeth Stapleton
Jill Elizabeth Stapleton
iConsult Collaborative, Syracuse University, Program Manager
Anna Valuev
Anna Valuev
Head of Strategic Initiatives

This session is a must-attend for anyone who came into the government or tech space to promote democracy and civic participation.  Civics education is at a crossroads: In 2014, less than 25% of 8th graders scored proficient on the National Civics Exam, and in 2018, only 9 states required year-long US government courses. This fall, the State Department’s Office of Foreign Assistance (F) took on the challenge of reimagining civics education through a sprint to develop data-driven digital tools. Groundbreaking not only in the subject matter, but also as the pilot of TOP’s new open source toolkit - TOPx. Hear from Jim Richardson, Director of F on data transparency and usability, and from tech teams from Syracuse iConsult and Suffolk University about the products they developed. Then, join us for a fireside chat with the State team on their experience using TOPx, a newly launched toolkit that allows federal agencies to leverage the TOP model and resources to facilitate sprints on flexible timelines and topics. If you’re an edtech company, a teacher, student, education advocacy organization, or a federal agency looking for new innovation strategies - this session is for you!

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LIVE DEMO EXPO: Built Environment Technology Products
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Step into a virtual “expo hall” and participate in live technology demos with teams from The Opportunity Project’s 2020 sprints on built environment challenges. Ask questions and connect directly with the teams who built these tools. Featuring 14+ products from TOP's Built Environment sprint.

This event is being hosted on Hopin, where you will be able to connect directly with the teams and other attendees. More information about entering the Expo and each of the tech teams can be found below!

Expo Registration:

  • You can register for the Built Environment expo at any time before or during the expo at this registration link. You will need to create a Hopin account with your name and email.

  • Once you are registered, we recommend spending a few minutes to fill in your profile with your name, company & title, and a photo. You can find this at “Edit Profile” in the top upper-right corner of the event dashboard.

Entering the Event:

  • Once the expo goes live at 2:45pm ET on December 10, join the Live Demo Expo at this link. You can find the booths by navigating to “Expo” within the panel on the left of your screen.

  • Within Expo, you will see 14+ booths. Clicking on one will take you to the booth, where you can interact with the tech teams and view their demos! More information about each of these booths is included below.

  • There will be a “Help Desk” Booth if you have any questions about the event or need help troubleshooting, you are welcome to stop by. 

About the Products:

Economic Self-Sufficiency

Assisting Resettled Refugees

Sustainable Rural Economic Development

Tracking the Impact of Disaster Response Spending

Civics Education

  • Bites Media, Bites Media

  • Syracuse University, iConsult Collaborative, EduBuddy

  • Suffolk University

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Lessons from 5 Years of TOP: A Conversation on the State of the Innovation Ecosystem
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Daniel Correa
Daniel Correa
Partnership for Public Service, Strategic Advisor
Nico Papafil
Nico Papafil
GSA, Director of 10x
Jennifer Lassiter
Jennifer Lassiter
Consumer Financial, Chief of Staff and Program Operations Lead, Design + Development, Tech & Innovation
Drew Zachary
Drew Zachary
Census Open Innovation Labs, Managing Director
Radhika Bhatt
Radhika Bhatt
The Opportunity Project, Deputy Director

We hope that all innovation enthusiasts will join us for this crossover session co-hosted by the Federal Innovation Summit!

It’s been 5 years since the launch of TOP:  What have we learned? As we cross the finish line of our 12th sprint cycle, with nearly 150 products completed, we’re realizing more than ever what TOP is really about: Changing the way government employees think about collaboration and innovating with data. Changing the way the public thinks about the government’s capacity to support them.  Improving data quality by opening up conversations with end users.  In this transparent conversation with some of our most respected innovation colleagues, we’ll dig into the lasting impacts of TOP and other programs, the remaining challenges of sustaining these efforts, and what new innovation leaders and career civil servants should take away.  Featuring speakers from 10x, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Partnership for Public Service and The Opportunity Project.

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Closing Keynote: A Fireside Chat with Census Bureau Deputy Director & COO Ron Jarmin
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Ron Jarmin
Ron Jarmin
US Census Bureau, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer
Pat Bajari
Pat Bajari
Amazon Core AI, VP and Chief Economist

In our closing keynote for Day 2, hear from Census Bureau Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer Ron Jarmin about how the Bureau has led innovation through its history, the mission ahead for the data community, and how the unknown future of technology will shape the Censuses of 2030 and beyond.  Join us for a fireside chat between Ron Jarmin and Amazon AI's Chief Economist, Pat Bajari. 

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Virtual Networking
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Virtually connect with attendees from The Opportunity Project's Demo Week! Hop between sessions and chat about topics like open data, human-centered design, and more.

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All About Product: Mentorship Session (By Invitation Only - RSVPs Not Accepted Through Emamo)

*PLEASE NOTE: RSVPs cannot be accepted through Emamo for this session.  This session is by invitation only, and this description is only informational*

In this workshop, tech teams will connect with product mentors, strategy advisors, and industry experts on how to advance their TOP sprint products, bring them to market, and make an impact with their work. A diverse group of experts from venture capital, government and civic tech organizations, incubators, and more will connect 1:1 with tech teams through tailored “speed mentoring” sessions.  This is a specially curated workshop by invitation only.

Friday, December 11, 2020

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Welcome Message from Secretary Ross & Opening Keynote: Building Technology Worthy of Humanity with Aden Van Noppen
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Secretary Wilbur Ross
Secretary Wilbur Ross
US Department of Commerce, Secretary
Aden Van Noppen
Aden Van Noppen
Mobius, Founder and Executive Director

After 2 packed afternoons of keynotes, lightning talks, and live demos on everything from stewarding our planet to putting the civics back in civic tech, Day 3 will focus on enabling our community to learn and grow.  

First, don't miss a message from Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross!

Then, join us for an opening keynote by Aden Van Noppen, the Executive Director of Mobius, that will captivate and ground us.  With the significant influence that technology has over our lives, it is more important than ever to prioritize human wellbeing and examine technology’s role in fostering or impairing our own individual and collective  balance and health. Fueled by a deep passion to serve, Aden was a Senior Advisor to the US Chief Technology Officer at the White House, and was also the Co-Founder of The Opportunity Project. As Demo Week looks to the future on Day 3, how will we apply  what we’ve learned to serve more holistically with technology? Join us for an opportunity to learn about what work has been done to strengthen a spiritually healthy relationship with tech within organizations and imagine what is possible for the future. Featuring a live collective visualization. 

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Hearing Veterans Voices: Community + Tech to Support Mental Health
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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

When WWII veterans served, they made up 11% of the US population… today, in the midst of our longest running conflicts, it’s less than 1%. What burden has that placed on our vets, especially when many are not truly heard about what they’ve seen and experienced? With an average 22 veterans lost by suicide per day, there is clearly work to do, and today’s tech and services may not be cutting it.  Hear from writer, veteran, advocate, designer, and general truth speaker Ben Sledge about his story and the conversations we need to have.  Featuring a TED-style talk by Ben and a fireside chat between 3 post-9/11 veterans about their collective experiences and how technology and The Opportunity Project community can support.

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Friends of Data: Lessons From the Best in Industry on the Value of Data Curation with Redfin & SAP
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Batool Hussain
Batool Hussain
SAP, Head of Americas Sustainability Services
Taylor Marr
Taylor Marr
Redfin, Lead Economist
Phil Ashlock
Phil Ashlock
data.gov/ GSA, Director, Data and Analytics Portfolio

Spotify serves you up the weekly discover playlist of your dreams, Netflix is in your head about exactly what you want to watch… how do all these tools in our pocket curate the perfect (and sometimes not so perfect) information for us?  Join us to learn from industries trailblazing data curation to understand what it is, why it’s important, and how curating federal data can help the nation.  Warning: this is NOT a panel with federal agency CDOs!  Prepare for enlightening and novel thoughts from the data leaders you don’t hear about all the time.  We’ll also feature the Data Curation Hub, TOP’s answer to what we do about curating federal open data for end users. 


Featuring speakers from Redfin and SAP, moderated by Phil Ashlock of data.gov

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*SESSION FULL* Innovating at any Scale: Civic Tech for State and Local Government
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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

This session is now FULL

Co-hosted by Georgetown University Beeck Center for Social Impact & CivStart.

The Opportunity Project partners with federal agencies to identify and solve national challenges. But state and local governments are often even closer to community needs, so how can the TOP model be applied? State and local leaders:  join Georgetown’s Beeck Center to learn about their work taking TOP to cities, and participate in a workshop to brainstorm challenges, partners, and how you can take this model to your own local community . Technologists, join to hear from accelerator CivStart about best practices for building solutions that serve local governments and their communities.

Note: Attendance capped at 75, registration required. Capacity for this session has been reached, so registration is now CLOSED. 

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Making TOP Work for You: TOPx Toolkit for Federal Agencies
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Sara Brenner
Sara Brenner
U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Associate Director for Medical Affairs

The Opportunity Project is for everyone - and this year we’re opening our playbook to ensure any federal, state, local or tribal government can adopt the model to catalyze innovative tech and put open data to work.  Join one of two hands-on sessions to learn how you can adapt TOP for your own goals, and receive guidance and feedback from The Opportunity Project team.

Thinking about how your agency can address mission critical challenges by engaging the private and social sectors? Not sure how to engage the public to utilize your open data resources?  After 5 years of TOP, we’re opening up our playbook through TOPx, an adaptable toolkit that enables federal agencies to facilitate their own virtual technology development sprints. Join us to get an inside look at the toolkit and learn about using the TOP model to transform federal open data into digital tools aligned with key national challenges and agencies mission. Then brainstorm with our team and peers on how you can make this work at your own agency.

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Learn with TOP: A Master Class on Human Centered Design for Public Servants (of any kind!)
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Susan Taylor
Susan Taylor
AIGA DC, DotGov Design Chair
Margeaux Akazawa
Margeaux Akazawa
Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Innovation Strategist
Scott Weiss
Scott Weiss
General Services Administration, Presidential Innovation Fellow
Katherine Tobin
Katherine Tobin
TM, Director of Research and Strategy

Interested in learning a new skill or two? Join us for a workshop that will help you walk away with tangible skills you can bring back to your work or team. This intro level workshop follows the belief that tech and design are for EVERYONE!

Co-hosted by DotGov Design / AIGA

How can government adopt design methodologies to become more efficient, modern, and user-friendly?  This workshop is a masterclass in HCD from some of government's most creative and accomplished HCD practitioners:  Margeaux Akazawa (of HHS, HUD, and more), Scott Weiss (of VA, Presidential Innovation Fellows, and OMB), and Katie Tobin (of the Intelligence Community and more)!  These true HCD experts will cover basic methods of human centered design, including topics like user research, ideation, and storytelling, and showcase how these methods can be applied within government to improve the way we work. This workshop is for anyone working inside, with, or for government agencies at the federal, state, local, or tribal levels, or anyone interested in applying design to civic tech!

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Learn with TOP: Demystifying Data to help respond to COVID-19
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Cathy Buffington
Cathy Buffington
Economic Programs, U.S. Census Bureau, Director, Small Business Pulse Survey
Jason Fields
Jason Fields
Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Director, Household Pulse Survey & Senior Researcher for Demographic Programs
Ryan Dolan
Ryan Dolan
U.S. Census Bureau, Data Visualization Lead
Gerson Vasquez
Gerson Vasquez
U.S. Census Bureau, Data Visualization Lead
Mikel Maron
Mikel Maron
Mapbox, Community Team Lead

Co-hosted by Census Academy + Mapbox

Have you ever wondered how to utilize open data but not sure where to begin? Do you feel like you don't have the skills to be a "data person"? This session is for you!

The Census Bureau, in collaboration with multiple federal agencies, is producing data on the social and economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic on American households and businesses through two experimental surveys: The Household Pulse Survey & the Small Business Pulse Survey, measuring the effects and changing conditions on our nation’s households and small businesses; providing high-frequency, detailed information on the impacts of the pandemic on our population and economy. 

Special guest, Mikel Maron, will open up this session highlighting lessons on working with data from Mapbox's support to COVID-19 response, and sharing his experience on impactful community and humanitarian uses of open source and open data. Mikel is a co-founder of Humanitarian Open Street Maps (HOT) and leads the Community Team at Mapbox.  

Followed by a hands-on training workshop using Tableau for visualizing curated data sets from the Household Pulse Survey, with our own Census Data Viz Experts— the team behind Census Bureau Tableau Public

Learn about TOP's Data Curation Hub to find data sources relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic and walk away with tangible skills that can help you understand how to use and pull insights from open data!

NOTE: (Download Tableau Public to actively participate in the training component of this workshop, a data set link will be provided via email to attendees who RSVP to the session.)

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Closing: Acknowledgements, What's Next + Meet The Opportunity Project team!
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Drew Zachary
Drew Zachary
Census Open Innovation Labs, Managing Director
Lorena Molina-Irizarry
Lorena Molina-Irizarry
Census Open Innovation Labs, Director of Operations
Radhika Bhatt
Radhika Bhatt
The Opportunity Project, Deputy Director
Haley Ashcom Miller
Haley Ashcom Miller
Innovation Strategist
Emma Brennan
Emma Brennan
U.S. Census Bureau, User Experience Designer at the Census Open Innovation Labs
Dominica Zhu
Dominica Zhu
Lead Program Manager and Impact Strategist
Anna Valuev
Anna Valuev
Head of Strategic Initiatives
Neve Foresti
Neve Foresti
Civic Digital Fellow
Jianna So
Jianna So
Civic Digital Fellow
Michael Neal Bagby
Michael Neal Bagby
Census Open Innovation Labs, Program Manager

This last session of Demo Week is your chance to meet the Census Open Innovation Labs (COIL) team, the organizers of Demo Week!  Through a quick toast and sendoff, we’ll introduce the team behind The Opportunity Project (TOP) and our larger innovation hub, COIL.  Meet the team, hear brief closing thoughts and where we go from here! Join an open Q&A with the team.