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  • Weekly Wrap Up: "What You Do Matters"

    Here's quick glimpse at what happened this week on

  • Standing Watch against Space Weather

    “Space weather” originates on the Sun, can release the energy-equivalent of 100 hurricanes in just minutes, and can produce wind gusts that exceed one million mph. Though the likelihood that these solar storms will thrust particles in our planet’s general direction is very low—when they do, the can damage satellites, harm astronauts in space, make GPS information erratic or undependable, and in some cases even cause electricity blackouts on the Earth.

  • Leveraging Open Data, Building Apps for Public Safety

    One of the core goals of the President’s Safety Data Initiative is to empower first responders and the public with information to make the safest and smartest decisions when they need it. In support of this goal, there has been a proliferation of innovative public safety apps—a number of which have been highlighted at the OSTP-supported Safety Datapalooza—using open data from local governments and Federal agencies.

  • White House Announces Girl emPower as Equal Futures Challenge Notable App

    After a rigorous round of review from a panel of distinguished judges – we’re thrilled to announce the Equal Future App Challenge notable app: Girl emPower, created by Laura Phelps and Andrew Cavanagh. The White House launched the Equal Futures App Challenge to spur the creation of apps that inspire girls to become leaders in our democracy.

  • Big Data is a Big Deal for Biomedical Research

    Earlier this month, the National Institutes of Health announced that the President’s FY14 budget proposal will provide at least $40 million to launch a new Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) program, significantly expanding NIH’s participation in the Administration’s Big Data Research and Development Initiative, which was launched last year.

  • Students Invent the Future

    Valerie Jarrett discusses the innovation she witnessed at the White House Science Fair.

  • Statement on the Launch of Antares

    Following today's launch of Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket, John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, issued a statement congratulating the Antares and NASA teams.

  • Unleashing the Power of Big Data

    Last year, the Obama Administration announced the National Big Data Research and Development Initiative. “Big Data” are data sets so large and complex that they can’t be processed by traditional means. As we enter the second year of the Initiative, we're encouraging partners in government, industry, academia, and non-profits to step up to the challenge and opportunity of Big Data by developing and participating in their own Big Data initiatives across the country.

  • Innovative Solutions to Fight Illegal Robocalls

    Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the winners of its Robocall Challenge, the agency’s first public prize competition, which resulted in a tie between two promising solutions that can help block illegal robocalls. Prize competitions are now a standard tool for innovation in every Federal agency’s toolbox - they help stimulate the marketplace for creative ideas and solutions that benefit Americans.

  • DOE Vehicle Data Challenge Fuels Innovation

    Last week, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the winners of the Apps for Vehicles Challenge. The competition challenged developers and entrepreneurs to demonstrate how the open data available about most vehicles can be used to improve vehicle safety, fuel efficiency, and comfort. Prizes like the Apps for Vehicles Challenge are now a standard tool for open innovation in every Federal agency’s toolbox.