The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020 The Opportunity Project Demo Week 2020
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Thursday, December 10, 2020

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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!

Friday, December 11, 2020

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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.