A unique view of 2012
Technology evolves rapidly, and it can be challenging for policy and its implementation to evolve at the same pace. Last week, President Obama launched a new Open Data Policy and Executive Order aimed at ensuring that data released by the government will be as accessible and useful as possible. To make sure this tech-focused policy can keep up with the speed of innovation, we created Project Open Data.
The National Eye Institute (NEI) launched the Audacious Goals Initiative last year to drive innovation in vision research for the next decade and beyond. To encourage the broadest possible range of ideas and participants in this Initiative, the NEI held a prize competition to identify “Audacious Goals in Vision Research and Blindness Rehabilitation,” open to submissions from August through November 2012.
America’s small information technology firms are some of the most innovative in the world. And thanks to an exciting new pilot project called RFP-EZ, it is getting easier for them to address some of the Federal Government’s most pressing IT needs. And the results we are seeing from this program highlight what is possible when you unleash the power of American entrepreneurs.
The White House is kicking off “We the Geeks,” a new series of Google+ Hangouts to highlight the future of science, technology, and innovation here in the United States.
Yesterday, President Obama visited Austin, Texas, to kick off his Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour. At Capital Factory, a local start-up incubator, he met with technology entrepreneurs and innovative companies that are helping grow our economy and create jobs by building new products and services. One of those companies, Stormpulse, uses freely available government weather data to help businesses protect themselves.
Today, the Obama Administration released the first-ever National Strategy for the Arctic Region—an approach to protecting national security, promoting environmental stewardship, supporting native cultures, providing for appropriate economic development, and strengthening international cooperation in the Arctic region.
Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced the final winners of this year’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract awards—funds that are reserved for entrepreneurial small businesses using cutting-edge R&D to develop commercially viable technologies to solve tough problems.
Today, in conjunction with a series of landmark steps announced by the Obama Administration to unleash troves of useful data from the vaults of government, the interagency US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) launched a new online tool that promises to accelerate research relating to climate change and human health—the Metadata Access Tool for Climate and Health, or “MATCH.”
On May 9, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth. That same day, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a landmark policy to help implement the Executive Order. Learn more:
2013 WHITE HOUSE SCIENCE FAIR:
On April 22, 2013, President Obama hosted 100 student innovators from more than 40 states for the third-ever White House Science Fair. The event was a celebration of amazing and award-winning student-achievements in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The cohort of kids included app-coders, algae-growers, video-game designers, city-planners, roboticists, and rocket-scientists—most of them not yet old enough to drive. Learn more:
On February 13, 2013, OSTP hosted the first-ever White House State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event, where nearly 100 middle- and high-schoolers spent an hour asking STEM-centric questions to some of the Nation’s top S&T innovators. The event highlighted the Obama Administration’s ongoing work to expand participation of American youth in STEM studies and equip the Nation’s future innovators with the skills they need to succeed in STEM careers. Learn more:
HONORING S&T ACHIEVEMENTS:
April 22, 2013 - NEW DETAILS: President Obama to Host White House Science Fair
April 10, 2013 - Press Release: the FY 2014 Federal R&D Budget
April 2, 2013 - BRAIN Initiative Fact Sheet
March 22, 2013 - PCAST Releases New Climate Report
December 21, 2012 - President Obama Honors Nation’s Top Scientists and Innovators
December 7, 2012 - Presidential Report Calls for New “Innovation Ecosystem” for Agricultural Research (pdf)
April 26, 2012 - National Bioeconomy Blueprint (pdf)
April 10, 2012 - Implementation of Federal Prize Authority: Progress Report (pdf)
March 29, 2012 - Big Data Fact Sheet (pdf)
March 29, 2012 - Big Data Press Release (pdf)
March 22, 2012 - Statements of Support for Green Button Initiative