NDSO Update Newsletter October 2016
The National Data Science Organizers were Recognized by the White House Today!
EVENT: Thursday, October 6 from 9:00AM ET to 12:30PM ET
LIVESTREAM: This event was livestreamed at whitehouse.gov/live.
FACT SHEET: http://go.wh.gov/531PmR
HASHTAG: #OpportunityProject #NDSO
WASHINGTON, DC – Since taking office, President Obama has focused on expanding access to opportunity for all Americans, and has also prioritized making government data open and accessible. Today the White House is hosting an event to announce 29 new digital tools created by non-profits, companies, and students through the Administration’s Opportunity Project. Multiple tech teams have created tools for individuals, families, community leaders, and local officials in response to high priority challenges identified by several federal agencies. These tools address a range of issues, from helping unemployed Americans build skills and find jobs to navigating data on school quality for students and families.
A team consisting of the National Data Science Organizers’ (NDSO), and the South Big Data Hub-Atlanta, has partnered with LNRG, a $25 million dollar MacArthur funded project, to build an online civic-tech course for youth 13-25 to learn the concepts of data science. This course or “playlist” was built using the White House Open Opportunity Project datasets to teach civic technology and data skills, while helping youth both learn about and serve the needs of their local communities with technology. Next summer, the NDSO network plans to connect students and youth that complete the civic-tech playlist, to a broad set of multi-city mentorship opportunities to help them gain relevant real world experience. The playlist is now launched, open, and aptly named “The Big Deal”.
WHO: Administration officials participating in this conference will include:
· Cecilia Muñoz, Director, White House Domestic Policy Council
· Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer
· DJ Patil, Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy
· Christopher Lu, Deputy Secretary of Labor
Thank you to all of you who participated in this effort!