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

Community Building

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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Native Voices: What Do We Need To Hear? How Technology, Data and Government Can Best Serve Tribal Communities
Jacob Crane
Jacob Crane
Citizen of Tsuut'ina Nation, Executive Director of SLC Air Protectors
Maria Howeth
Maria Howeth
Member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Sr. Customer Success Manager and Tribal Specialist for eCivis

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.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

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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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Talkhouse: A Networking Happy Hour & Social Media Storm

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. We’ll send you a media kit to get you started!

Friday, December 11, 2020

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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

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.

*Attendance capped at 75, registration required