White House Introduces New Batch of Presidential Innovation Fellows

September 10, 2014

12:00 pm

While no official announcement has been made yet, it seems that the White House has selected its third round of participants in the Presidential Innovation Fellows. A total of 27 people were selected to participate in this round of the program, and their experiences range from working on analytics for the New York Fire Department to being the founder of an Inc. 500 company.

Launched in August 2012, the Presidential Innovation Fellows program was created by a partnership between the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Aimed at bringing together talented individuals in from the public and private sectors, the program pairs fellows with various government agencies to help design innovating solutions to the critical issues affecting our country – whether it’s improving the quality of life for Americans or helping to fuel the economy.

Round 3 of the program is focused on addressing three national priorities, per the White House: 1) Making Digital the Default: Building a 21st Century Veterans Experience; 2) Data Innovation: Unleashing the Power of Data Resources to Improve Americans’ Lives; and 3) By the People for the People: Experiments in Crowdsourcing Government. Six people each were selected to work on the 21st Century veterans experience and on crowdsourcing government, while fifteen were chosen to work on projects involving data innovation.

The Obama administration certainly recognizes the impact that can result from partnerships between private and public bodies, especially when coming from the technology sector. Just last week, the White House announced that Megan Smith – who previously served as VP at Google[x] as well as VP of New Business Development at Google – had been selected by President Obama as the new U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President.

Read more about round 3 of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, and learn about each of the 27 new Fellows. 

 

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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