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  • Winning Cities in Mayors Challenge Receive Prizes to Implement Innovative Ideas

    Last week, Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the winners of the Mayors Challenge, a competition designed to encourage American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve tough problems. Proving that there is plenty of room for big ideas in a small state, Providence, RI, won the Mayors Challenge Grand Prize for its cutting-edge early education initiative.

  • Sharing Ideas that Work: How Technology can Improve Education

    This week, school leaders, researchers, entrepreneurs, and leading educational thinkers gathered in New York City to share innovative ideas about how technology can improve education. The gathering is being led by the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools—a national center created by Congress and launched at the White House in 2011 to advance technologies to transform teaching and learning.

  • All-Star STEM Students Meet the President!

    Today at the White House, President Obama met with 40 of the Nation's top scientists and engineers - all student finalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search (STS) competition. Winners of the competition will be announced tonight at a gala event in Washington, DC.

  • Meet a PIF: Kara DeFrias

    Meet Presidential Innovation Fellow (PIF) Kara DeFrias. Kara is user-experience expert who has worked on production teams for the Oscars, the Super Bowl, and TEDx. She was inspired to delve into public service, in part, by the Dalai Lama. DeFrias' stint as PIF was based at the General Services Administration, where she worked on the myUSA project.

  • Taking Action for a Stronger, Smarter, Cleaner Electric Grid

    Today, the Obama Administration’s National Science and Technology Council released A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: A Progress Report—an update highlighting the Administration’s recent achievements to make the Nation’s electric grid stronger, smarter, and cleaner than ever before. Modernizing the grid is a common sense approach to enhance energy reliability and speed the Nation’s transition to a clean-energy economy.

  • Fulfilling our Commitment to Open Government

    In an effort to encourage transparency and participation in government, we invite you to take part in developing our Open Government self-assessment report.

  • Deputy Secretary Blank Travels to BMW in Spartanburg, SC to Highlight Revitalization of American Manufacturing

    Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank visits a manufacturing factory and highlights the President’s proposals for investing in manufacturing and creating jobs in America.

  • Open Call to Innovators: Apply to present at G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture

    Open data is being used by innovators and entrepreneurs around the world to accelerate development. In an exciting opportunity, the G-8 is inviting innovators to apply to present ideas that demonstrate how open data can be unleashed to increase food security at the G-8 International Conference on Open Data in Agriculture on April 29-30, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

  • Watch: President Obama Answers Your Questions in a Google+ Hangout

    Watch the video of President Obama's hangout, live from the West Wing of the White House.

  • Mohawks, Mars, Big Ideas, & Beautiful Data Addressed at White House “State of STEM” Event for Kids

    At the first-ever White House State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event, nearly 100 press-pass wielding middle- and high-schoolers spent an hour questioning top S&T innovators about all things STEM. The event marked an unprecedented opportunity for DC-area kids from local schools and organizations to grill Administration officials and others working to advance the American innovation agenda.