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  • At Datajam, Innovators and Entrepreneurs Unleash Open Data for Global Development

    A December 10 Global Development DataJam at the White House brought together world-class innovators and entrepreneurs together with U.S. government leaders and decision-makers to discuss the impact that open development data has already had on strengthening entrepreneurship in the United States and in developing countries.

  • A Principled Stance on the Internet’s Future

    Here's an explanation of the decision made by the United States at the World Conference on International Telecommunications.

  • First-ever White House Codeathon targets Apps for Equal Futures

    Yesterday, we hosted the first-ever White House Codeathon! The goal of this event was to support the Equal Futures App Challenge, a challenge to create apps that inspire girls and young women to become leaders in our democracy. This challenge is in response to President Obama’s call to countries around the world to politically and economically empower women and girls.

  • Encouraging Innovations that Help Americans Take Control of Their Financial Lives

    Data sets published by Federal agencies are increasingly being harnessed by private-sector innovators to empower consumers to take control of their financial lives. Recently, Treasury hosted a Finance Data Convening to highlight the variety of features, apps, products, and services that use finance data released by Federal agencies.

  • Making Makers in Los Angeles

    Soon after taking office in 2009, in a speech at the National Academy of Sciences, President Obama called on the science, engineering, and technology communities to “encourage young people to create and build and invent – to be makers of things not just consumers of things.” Here’s what one leader in the maker community shared about her experience bringing kids and families into the growing community of American makers.

  • Students Speak: “Why I’m in STEM”

    This week, OSTP asked winners and finalists from the 2012 Siemens Foundation student competition in Math, Science, and Technology to tell us why they are pursuing STEM and what it means to them. Here's what they had to say.

  • OSTP Director to Stellar STEM Students: “Keep Innovating!”

    On Monday in Washington, DC, OSTP Director John Holdren spoke to an audience of scientists and innovators, including the student finalists of the Siemens Foundation Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. He made the case that a solid STEM education is one of the most powerful routes to a career that is both successful and meaningful to society.

  • HUD and Partners Pitch in to Help Families Find Housing Following Hurricane Sandy

    Post-Sandy, HUD, OSTP, and several tech companies teamed up to help families in need of alternative housing.

  • $25M in Research Awards to Advance Administration’s Materials Genome Initiative

    Last month, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than$25 million of funding for innovative materials-science research projects. The research awards are a significant milestone for the Administration’s Materials Genome Initiative (MGI)—a collaborative effort of public, private, and academic leaders to make the discovery, development, and deployment of cutting-edge materials faster and cheaper than ever before.

  • USAID Launches Development Labs at Seven Universities

    Last week, OSTP Director John P. Holdren joined USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah in launching the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN) – a groundbreaking partnership between USAID and seven top universities that is designed to harness the ingenuity of faculty and students to help solve global development challenges.