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Hands in the air for Census City SDK team

Image of API:World awardLet me share the exciting news: The Census City SDK project we’re so proud of just won a 2016 API World Award for best innovations in harnessing data in ways that have a meaningful impact on our nation and our lives.

This is the second major award for City SDK after it received the FedScoop 50 “Innovator of the Year” award last December. As Chief Data Officer Ian Kalin describes the project, “City SDK is a user-friendly ‘toolbox’ for civic hackers and developers to connect the Census Bureau's local and national public data with data from the other bureau's and other sources in an open application programming interface (API). The tool has the capability to easily mash-up data from different sources, saving hours of coding time for developers.”

One City SDK user, for example, created an app for local grocers to donate produce to local high-need families.

The API World Award is a big deal for all winners. It demonstrates how the best and restless in the Digital Economy are driving new solutions in creative new ways.

Also impressive is how City SDK earned this award. The team’s work was singled out by crowd voting amid stiff competition, and selected by industry based on three criteria – industry reputation, media attention and innovativeness. City SDK stands alongside winners in other categories including the Internet of Things, travel, communication, machine learning and infrastructure as a service.

That’s right: City SDK far surpassed the “wow” test.

I love to show how Commerce is flipping the script on how government works today. More people need to know how we’re an innovation incubator. And how we have some of the best designers, developers, software engineers and data scientists in the business working on new tools and products to deliver our immense trove of data to people who need and can use it.

City SDK is a perfect example of the script-flip. We appreciate the recognition by API World, and most of all – everyone who’s taking advantage of City SDK. To learn more about City SDK go to -

Hat’s off again to City SDK product leader Avi Bender, who recently transitioned from Census CTO to head the National Technical Information Service … Jeff Meisel, a Presidential Innovation Fellow and now Census chief marketing officer who initially conceived the project … Alex Cohen, program manager at the Center for Applied Technology at Census … Tyrone Grandison, who just moved forward from serving as Commerce chief data officer … and all unsung heroes whose work sings for itself every day. Together, they demonstrate all the great data and technology work we’re doing at Commerce.

Justin Antonipillai - Counselor to Secretary Penny Pritzker, with the Delegated Duties of the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs


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