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

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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
University of Georgia, Distinguished Professor and National Geographic Fellow
Siddharth Muchhal
Siddharth Muchhal
Georgetown University, Student
Elizabeth Nguyen
Elizabeth Nguyen
Georgetown Beeck Center, Student
Naveen Narayanan Meyyappan
Naveen Narayanan Meyyappan
Rutgers University, Graduate Student
Keith VanGraafeiland
Keith VanGraafeiland
Esri, Principal Product Engineer
Kunal Sawarkar
Kunal Sawarkar
IBM, Principal Data Scientist
Sruti Modekurty
Sruti Modekurty
OpenAQ, Platform Lead
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Chace Paulson
American University, MS Data Science
Sukhmeet Bedi
Sukhmeet Bedi
Rutgers Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurship Academy, Student

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

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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
Susan Mudd
Susan Mudd
ELPC, Senior Policy Advocate
Dr. Ming-Chih Hung
Dr. Ming-Chih Hung
Northwest Missouri State University, Professor of Geography/GIScience
Ali Akil
Ali Akil
Eco Bloc, CEO + Co-founder
Mikel Maron
Mikel Maron
Mapbox, Community Team Lead
Dave Williams
Dave Williams
Newlight Technologies, CLOUD ARCHITECT AND SENIOR CONSULTANT
Polina Girshman
Polina Girshman
SAP, Senior Manager, Experience Design
James Sullivan
James Sullivan
SAP, Head, Global Sustainability Innovation Accelerator
Eric Ewing
Eric Ewing
General Services Administration (GSA), Director, AI Center of Excellence
Dominica Zhu
Dominica Zhu
Lead Program Manager and Impact Strategist

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. 

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Igniting Civic Tech Innovation for the Next Generation
Andreen Soley
Andreen Soley
New America, Director, Public Interest Technology (PIT) University Network
Nicole Clark
Nicole Clark
Youth Mappers, TOP product developer
Ivan Stoykov
Ivan Stoykov
George Mason University, Student
Lucas Chu
Lucas Chu
Harvard IOP STEAM Team, Lead

What inspires students to use their tech skills for social good? What are the biggest barriers to pursuing a career in civic technology, and do higher education institutions have an obligation to address them? Join us to hear from Harvard, George Mason and Villanova students who participated in the inaugural TOP University Sprint  through a panel moderated by Andreen Soley, Director of New America’s Public Interest Technology University Network.

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Native Voices: What Do We Need To Hear? How Technology, Data and Government Can Best Serve Tribal Communities
Jacob Crane (Tsuut'ina Nation)
Jacob Crane (Tsuut'ina Nation)
SLC Air Protectors, Executive Director
Geoffrey Blackwell (Chickasaw, Choctaw, Omaha, and Muscogee Creek)
Geoffrey Blackwell (Chickasaw, Choctaw, Omaha, and Muscogee Creek)
AMERIND, Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel
Maria Howeth (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)
Maria Howeth (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma)
eCivis, Sr. Customer Success Manager and Tribal Specialist

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.