We the People: Using Tech to Solve Big Challenges
Monday, March 14
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Technology can be a powerful force for good, whether helping government better serve its citizens or helping communities solve challenges in faster, more collaborative, data-driven ways. In this session, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, U.S. Digital Service Deputy Administrator Haley Van Dyck, Digital Services Expert Clarence Wardell, and Policy Adviser Aden Van Noppen discuss efforts to drive change at the Federal level, as well as innovations taking place in communities around the country.
Specifically, the team will look at:
· Data-driven justice: How can open data build trust between law enforcement and citizens?
· Digital government: How are the Obama Administration’s digital teams transforming how Americans access government services online?
· Accelerating opportunity creation: How is the trifecta of technology, open data and community engagement empowering citizens and local leaders with the tools they need to solve their challenges?
Aden Van Noppen
Advisor to the US CTO
Executive Office Of The President
US Digital Service
The White House
Currently a member of the U.S. Digital Service at the White House, Dr. Clarence Wardell III was a 2014-2015 Presidential Innovation Fellow, where he worked to help launch the White House Police Dat...Show the rest
Currently a member of the U.S. Digital Service at the White House, Dr. Clarence Wardell III was a 2014-2015 Presidential Innovation Fellow, where he worked to help launch the White House Police Data Initiative. Established by the Administration in May 2015, the Police Data Initiative is a direct response to many of the transparency and accountability recommendations made by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Specifically, the initiative seeks to leverage data and technology as a means to build trust between police and citizens. Clarence continues to co-lead the open data efforts underneath the initiative, where he works with police departments around the country to help them share disaggregated and machine-readable data about police-citizen interactions (e.g., e.g., officer-involved shootings, use of force, body cam video, and vehicle stops). Clarence, who is also an affiliate with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Council on Foreign Relations term member, holds a BSE in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan and a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Industrial and Systems Engineering.Hide the rest
Haley Van Dyck
US Digital Service
US Chief Technology Officer
White House Office Of Science And Technology Policy
In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the...Show the rest
In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the President. As U.S. CTO, Smith focuses on how technology policy, data and innovation can advance the future of our nation.
Megan Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. She most recently served as a Vice President at Google, first leading New Business Development -- where she managed early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations, and technology licensing across Google’s global engineering and product teams for nine years -- and later serving as a VP in the leadership team at Google[x] -- where she co-created the company’s “SolveForX” innovation community project as well as its “WomenTechmakers” tech-diversity initiative and worked on a range of other projects. During her tenure she led the company’s acquisitions of major platforms such as Google Earth, Google Maps, and Picasa, and also served as GM of Google.org during its engineering transition, adding Google Crisis Response, Google for Nonprofits, and Earth Outreach/Engine, and increased employee engagement.
Megan previously served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading LGBT online community in the early days of the web, where the team broke through many barriers and partnered closely with AOL, Yahoo!, MSN, and other major web players. Megan was part of designing early smartphone technologies at General Magic and worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan.
Megan has served on the boards of MIT, MIT Media Lab, MIT Technology Review, and Vital Voices; as a member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid; and as an advisor to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Malala Fund, which she co-founded. She holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she completed her master's thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.Hide the rest