The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020 The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020
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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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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.