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Hero Hackers, DOC Data and Smart Home Innovation in Play at TechCrunch 2016 Hackathon

Just a quick note with another story about “hero hackers” we’re exposing our data to in an effort to see what creative solutions they can design to make the world a little better.

This weekend, the Department of Commerce will be one of the first federal agencies to have its datasets play a starring role in the TechCrunch Disrupt conference hackathon in San Francisco. 

Innovating with Data at DOC

Commerce Data Service (CDS), Data Science Team pictured left to right: Negar Kalbasi, CDS, Pri Oberoi, CDS, Star Ying, CDS, Stephen Devine, EDA, Andrea Julca, BEA, April Blair, PTO, Karl Skowronek, PTOThe rapid evolution of technology and the rise of all things digital have unleashed a stunning amount of data through federal agencies – and an unprecedented opportunity to advance the ways in which we share, analyze, interpret and put data to work in meaningful ways. To that end, I’d like to share a few stories that demonstrate how using data science, agile development methods, user-centered design principles and simple visualizations can unlock new levels of productivity and insight from data at the DOC.  

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.

Hack the Pay Gap

Pay equality “power shifting” with Commerce data

“When women are not paid fairly,” President Obama said, “not only do they suffer, but so do their families.”

We at Commerce are excited to be part of the solution – and to have our work in harnessing our vast troves of data for innovation, job creation and advancing the public good recognized and made real. That’s why I’m so pleased that on July 19, Secretary Pritzker and US Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith hosted “Hack the Pay Gap Demo Day” at the White House showcasing our data access and usability efforts.

Fostering Collaborative Problem Solving In the Department of Commerce

On June 2nd, 2016, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) for the Department of Commerce (DOC) issued another game-changing announcement - "GitHub can be used* to collaboratively build open source software.” (*Note below for DOC users)

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