The White House recently hosted two Datapaloozas on public safety and education and our very own Ana Diaz-Hernandez and Justin Davis attended. These events come on the heels of an executive order calling for increased data transparency from government agencies. Innovators from across sectors convened to promote the development of public resources using this data. For example, at the Safety Datapalooza, the U.S. Department of Energy previewed “Lantern,” an app designed to help people in disasters by providing timely updates. This conference was a call to action to leverage tech developers and safety pioneers to utilize this newly gathered and released data to assist the public.
“The White House Safety Data event gave Kapor Capital an opportunity to gain some insight on the government’s public API’s and the innovative work that the private sector is doing to use that data,” Ana said about her participation in the Datapalooza. “We look forward to seeing innovative solutions to social problems through the collaboration between the public and private sector. Issues relating to road safety, crime mitigation, food safety, etc are perfectly positioned for innovation because they fall dead in the middle of these two sectors.”
The second event featured advancements in education. President Obama has called for innovation to increase access and affordability of higher education. Presenters exhibited new tools designed to navigate the admissions process and to improve instruction in college classrooms.
Justin remarked, “It’s great to see federal support towards education technology, and witness the Department of Education’s interest in urging the tech sector to continue developing resources and platforms to support students across various grade levels and social and economic crossroads.”
Let’s see how we can leverage this info in our work.