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

Government Innovation

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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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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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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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. 

Friday, December 11, 2020

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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.