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.
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.
Native Voices: What Do We Need To Hear? How Technology, Data and Government Can Best Serve Tribal Communities
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.