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

Natural Environment

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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Earth Day Every Day: Empowering the Public to Understand Threats to Oceans and Air
Jenna Jambeck
Jenna Jambeck
National Geographic

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, Open AQ, and more companies and university teams.


Co-hosted by NOAA

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Building Resilience into Fractured Systems: Recycling, Agriculture, and Community Reactions
Sarah Kollar
Sarah Kollar
Ocean Conservancy, Outreach Manager, International Coastal Cleanup, Trash Free Seas Program
Lucas Mariacher
Lucas Mariacher
City of Phoenix, Operations Manager
Dr. Ming-Chih Hung
Dr. Ming-Chih Hung
Northwest Missouri State University, Professor of Geography/GIScience

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 new products built through TOP sprints by SAP, Eco Bloc, Mapbox, Newlight Technologies, and more companies and university teams.

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. 

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Live Demo Expo: Natural 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 natural environment challenges.  Ask questions and connect directly with the teams who built these tools. Featuring 14 total products.


Thursday, December 10, 2020

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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.