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  • Unleashing Digital Data to Accelerate Materials Discovery, Development, and Deployment

    The availability of large, publicly accessible digital data sets has unleashed a wave of innovation throughout numerous fields, helping solve significant problems in business, biology, and astronomy. But the potential of such data has not yet been fully realized in materials science and engineering, in part because of the wide variety of relevant properties and methods to measure and model those properties.

  • Accelerating the Use of Prizes to Address Tough Challenges

    Later this year, the Federal government will celebrate the fifth anniversary of, a one-stop shop that has prompted tens of thousands of individuals, including engaged citizens and entrepreneurs, to participate in more than 400 public-sector prize competitions with more than $72 million in prizes.

  • Inspiring Makers in Pittsburgh

    In a 2009 speech at the National Academy of Sciences, President Obama called for an all-hands-on-deck effort to “encourage young people to create and build and invent – to be makers of things, not just consumers of things.” Since then, communities, organizations, companies, and grassroots leaders across the country have stepped up to encourage and empower people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in making.

  • Making Tomorrow’s Manufacturing Economy Today

    This week, to kick off the National Week of Making (June 12th – 18th), hundreds of events and partnerships are being unveiled around the country in libraries, museums, schools, universities, and community spaces to enable our citizen-makers.

  • The White House Celebrates Entrepreneurs Around the World

    President Obama hosts a meeting on global entrepreneurship at the White House, where he names nine new Ambassadors of Global Entrepreneurship.

  • Building a Nation of Makers

    Last year, on June 18, President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Maker Faire and challenged “every company, every college, every community, every citizen [to] join us as we lift up makers and builders and doers across the country.” On June 12-18, 2015, the White House will celebrate a Week of Making, including a National Maker Faire in Washington D.C.

  • NOAA’s Data Heads for the Clouds

    If you ask the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) about big data, they will give you some big numbers. Over 20 terabytes per day of observational data are produced by their satellite systems alone, and then there’s the the massive weather and climate models from the bureau’s 1.5 petaflops of computing power, incoming observations from a network of hundreds of buoys, and live streaming video from the research vessel Okeanos Explorer.

  • Announcing the Fifth White House Science Fair!

    The President is hosting the fifth White House Science Fair on March 23, welcoming more than one hundred of the nation’s brightest young minds with some showcasing innovative inventions, discoveries, and science projects. The President will meet with and congratulate these students, who, as budding engineers, scientists, and researchers are on deck to help solve some of the greatest challenges of our time.

  • Chart of the Week: Businesses Are Ready to Hire More Americans Now Than at Any Point Since 2001

    Whether in information technology, health care, or other growing industries, there are more jobs now that offer higher wages and an important step up into the middle class. Here’s the chart to prove it.

  • 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.