Wednesday, December 9, 2020
As stewards of the Earth, we have an obligation to limit our negative impacts on the ecosystems we inhabit. Unfortunately, we are often unaware of how our decisions and actions affect the planet. In this session, hear from environmental advocates as they describe how public information tools can foster environmental stewardship, and from technologists as they share the digital products they've created to reduce ocean plastic pollution and help the public understand the effects of transportation emissions. Featuring lightning talks by Esri, IBM, OpenAQ, Georgetown, Rutgers, and American University.
Co-hosted by NOAA
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.
Step into the Virtual Expo Hall on Hopin and attend live technology demos with teams from The Opportunity Project’s 2020 sprints on natural environment challenges. Ask questions and connect directly with the teams who built these tools. Featuring 14+ products from TOP's Natural Environment sprint.
This event is being hosted on Hopin, where you will be able to connect directly with the teams and other attendees. More information about entering the Expo and each of the tech teams can be found below!
You can register for the Natural Environment expo at any time before or during the expo at this registration link. You will need to create a Hopin account with your name and email.
Once you are registered, we recommend spending a few minutes to fill in your profile with your name, company & title, and a photo. You can find this at “Edit Profile” in the top upper-right corner of the event dashboard.
Entering the Event:
Once the expo goes live at 2:20pm ET on December 9, click this link to join the Live Demos. You can find the booths by navigating to “Expo” within the panel on the left of your screen.
Within Expo, you will see 14+ booths. Clicking on one will take you to the booth, where you can interact with the tech teams and view their demos! More information about each of these booths is included below.
There will be a “Helpdesk Booth” if you have any questions about the event or need help troubleshooting, you are welcome to stop by.
Products featured at the expo:
Reducing Ocean Plastics
Code for Tucson, Sea Scavenger
Esri, Ocean Plastics Story Map
George Mason University, Pollution Policy Watch
Georgetown Beeck Center, Campus Plastic Initiative
Harvard Institute of Politics, The Ghost Gear Project
Rutgers CS Capstone, PPIO
IBM, and more
Transportation Emissions & Air Quality
OpenAQ, AQ Snapshot
American University, AirMotionDC
George Mason University, Air Aware
Rutgers IDEA program, Clean Air Hero
Geospatial Data for Agricultural Decision-Making
Thursday, December 10, 2020
*PLEASE NOTE: RSVPs cannot be accepted through Emamo for this session. This session is by invitation only, and this description is only informational*
In this workshop, tech teams will connect with product mentors, strategy advisors, and industry experts on how to advance their TOP sprint products, bring them to market, and make an impact with their 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.