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  • An Improbable Public Interest Start Up

    A year ago, I returned to California after working on the rescue team to fix I slept for a couple of weeks, and I began the task of processing what I had seen and done. I knew that was the most important work I had been a part of. I saw that technology in parts of the government was in bad shape.

  • Innovating to Protect our Waterways

    A coalition of Federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and United States Geological Survey (USGS), is launching the Nutrient Sensor Challenge—an open-innovation competition to accelerate the development and deployment of affordable sensors that can measure nutrients in aquatic environments.

  • Celebrating Computer Science Education Week, Kids Code at the White House

  • Celebrating National Entrepreneurship Month

    The White House supported a range of activities in recognition of November as National Entrepreneurship Month, reaffirming the Administration's commitment to help entrepreneurs develop the products, services, and ideas of tomorrow.

  • A Strategy to Accelerate Cutting-Edge Materials Innovation

    Today, in an important milestone for the initiative, the interagency National Science and Technology Council released the Materials Genome Initiative Strategic Plan – a roadmap developed with input from a diverse array of stakeholders across the materials science and engineering community, which outlines how Federal agencies will execute on the MGI’s vision of decreasing the time and cost of bringing new materials from discovery to market.

  • #GivingTuesday 2014: Individual Action, Worldwide Impact

    Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation Jonathan Greenblatt explains how Americans participate in #GivingTuesday.

  • Taking Action to Attract High-Skilled Immigrants, Graduates, and Entrepreneurs

    America needs a 21st century immigration system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants – and that grows our economy.

  • President Obama Honors Extraordinary Young Entrepreneurs at the White House

    Yesterday, President Obama marked National Entrepreneurs’ Day by congratulating three student winners of the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in the Oval Office. The Challenge, which is supported by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, focuses on teaching entrepreneurship skills to high school students and has worked with more than 500,000 young people from low-income communities across the United States and around the world.

  • Small Business Administration Accelerator Winners Apply Silicon Valley Model Across the Country

    So this May at Twitter headquarters, I announced the SBA’s first-ever Growth Accelerator Competition to identify the best players in this space. We recently announced the 50 winners who are committed to delivering this model to every corner of our country. Selected out of 832 applications, they will focus on lifting up underserved populations, including women, minority and veteran business owners.

  • Innovating to Fight Ebola

    Earlier this month USAID launched Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), to rally innovators, scientists, and experts to generate pioneering solutions to improve delivery of care and stem the spread of Ebola. Through this Challenge we will develop, fund and test PPE solutions. Our goal is to have solutions in the field in months, not years.