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Posted byon January 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM EDT
Today, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its latest report to the President and Congress, Designing a Digital Future: Federally Funded Research and Development in Networking and Information Technology. The report is an assessment of the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program, which coordinates federally-funded research in areas such as supercomputing, high-speed networking, cybersecurity, software technology, and information management.
Posted byon January 17, 2013 at 2:44 PM EDT
The Department of the Treasury recently hosted a Finance Data Working Session to brainstorm new uses and applications of government data that would help empower consumers. At the session, which was convened as part of Treasury’s broader Finance Data Initiative, over 50 entrepreneurs discussed dozens of ideas for new features, products, services, and apps that use government data to help American consumers make informed choices.
Posted byon January 15, 2013 at 7:40 PM EDT
Last week, NASA announced that it will host a second annual International Space Apps Challenge on April 20-21, 2013. The event is a follow-up to last year’s highly successful Space Apps event, which brought together thousands of members of the tech and space community from 25 cities in 17 countries on all 7 continents (including participants in space!) to develop more than 100 unique open-source solutions to improve life on Earth and in space.
Posted byon January 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT
We're making another adjustment to ensure we’re able to continue to give the most popular ideas the time they deserve.
Codeathons Expand to Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Boston in Support of the White House Equal Futures App ChallengePosted byon January 14, 2013 at 5:46 PM EDT
The Equal Futures App Challenge is inspiring great creativity in Americans who want to encourage girls and young women to become leaders in our government.
Posted byon January 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM EDT
This Administration has taken a proactive approach to improve our domestic materials capabilities. A significant milestone in this effort was President Obama’s 2011 launch of the ambitious Materials Genome Initiative—a collaboration between government, private-sector, and academic leaders to discover and deploy new cutting-edge materials faster and cheaper than ever before. This week, in another important milestone, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a $120 million award over five years to establish a new Energy Innovation Hub—the Critical Materials Institute (CMI).
Posted byon January 10, 2013 at 4:23 PM EDT
Incentive prizes are now a standard tool in every Federal agency’s toolbox to spur innovation and solve tough problems. With more than 200 prizes offered by over 45 Federal agencies so far, open innovation and incentive prizes are showing promise for catalyzing new solutions in the education sector.
Posted byon January 3, 2013 at 3:00 PM EDT
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.
Posted byon December 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM EDT
Here's an explanation of the decision made by the United States at the World Conference on International Telecommunications.
Posted byon December 20, 2012 at 12:38 PM EDT
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.