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

Built Environment

Thursday, December 10, 2020

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Day 2 Opening Keynote: HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. Ben Carson
Dr. 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

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
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

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, Center on Rural Innovation, Citi Ventures, Urban Footprint, 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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Live Demo Expo: Built Environment Technology Products

Step into a virtual “science fair” 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 13+ products.

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All About Product: Mentorship Session – By Invitation Only

*RSVPs not accepted through Emamo, by invitation only*

In this workshop, tech teams are invited to connect with product mentors, tech advisors, and industry experts on how to advance your TOP products, bring them to market, and make an impact with your 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.