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  • Opening Up Data to Spur Innovation & Economic Growth

    The President’s Open Data Initiatives aren’t just about opening up and improving government data – they are also focused on engaging with innovators, entrepreneurs, and the general public on the innovative use of the data in products and services to improve everyday lives and grow the economy. To engage existing and prospective users of open government data, showcase their progress, and get constructive feedback, the Administration has been holding a number of data-related events this year. In the spirit of openness, and as a primer for Federal agencies, local governments, non-profits, and others that may be interested in hosting their own open data events, we have put together an open data engagement starter guide with some tips for hosting hackathons, data jams, and datapaloozas.

  • More than Ten Thousand Citizens Hack for Good at the Second-Annual National Day of Civic Hacking

    For the second year in a row, America’s Civic Hackers, Mayors, and State and Federal government officials came together to participate in the National Day of Civic Hacking—the biggest gathering of civic hackers in the world. The event brings together technologists, entrepreneurs, developers, and citizens to unleash their tech skills to improve their communities and the governments that serve them. This year, 123 events were held in 103 cities in 13 countries across the world.

  • US Ignite Fosters Technology for the Next Generation

    Building on the Administration's efforts responding to the driving demand for gigabit broadband networks, in 2012 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation supported the launch of the US Ignite initiative, a private/public partnership that is fostering transformation of the public sector by accelerating the development and deployment of next-generation applications.

  • Making We the People More User-Friendly Than Ever

    We're proud to announce the next iteration of We the People. We're calling it "simplified signing" and it takes the account creation step out of signing a petition. Just enter your basic information, confirm your signature via email and you're done. That's it. No account to create, no logging in, no passwords to remember.

  • Big Data, Open Data & the Federal Agencies

    On Thursday, June 19, leaders from civil society, industry, academia, and 40 Federal departments and agencies met at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy's Massive Data Institute to discuss how Federal agencies can continue to unlock government data to drive innovation and improve services.

  • We the Geeks: SUBMERGED!

    To celebrate the end of National Oceans Month and one year of progress on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the White House and the Weather Channel will host “We the Geeks: SUBMERGED!” on Wednesday, June 25, at 2:00pm ET.

  • Materials Genome Initiative Turns Three, Continues Path to Revitalize American Manufacturing

    This week marks the third anniversary of the launch by President Obama of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI)—a commitment to work across sectors toward the goal of doubling the pace of advanced materials discovery, innovation, manufacture, and commercialization. The MGI is part of a broad Administration-wide commitment—including new steps announced earlier this week—to take concrete actions that spur innovation and entrepreneurship to revitalize American manufacturing.

  • Accelerating Green Technology Transfer to Impact American Lives

    Whether by cutting pollution, unleashing troves of climate data to empower American communities to prepare for the future, or leading international efforts to combat global climate change, agencies across the Administration are taking bold actions to grow the economy while leaving a green legacy for future generations. Federally-funded research has helped lead to the ideas and inventions behind Google and smartphones. Some of the most exciting breakthroughs in green technology are likewise getting their start in our federal labs on a daily basis.

  • 5 Questions on "Making" and the White House Maker Faire

    President Obama is hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire. In advance of that, Phil Larson of the White House Office of Science and Technology sat down with Dale Dougherty, CEO of Maker Media, to answer a few questions on what makes making, Making.

  • SmartAmerica Challenge: Harnessing the Power of the Internet of Things

    Today the Internet mostly connects people to information. But what kinds of new products and services might be possible if it also connected people and public service agencies to vehicles, medical devices, climate sensors, traffic monitors, water systems, lighting, and more?