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Aneesh Chopra U.S. Chief Technology Officer & Associate Director for Technology White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. Remarks to the National Rural Education Technology Summit. Culture Gap Between Consumers and Government.

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Aneesh Chopra

U.S. Chief Technology Officer & Associate Director for TechnologyWhite House Office of Science & Technology Policy

Remarks to the National Rural Education Technology Summit

culture gap between consumers and government
Culture Gap Between Consumers and Government

Presidential Action Day One to Instill Greater Focus on Openness

“There’s an app for that”

“There’s a form for that”

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government…and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.”

–President Barack Obama, Jan 21st, 2009

Photo by: with an eye:

Source: Office of Personnel Management – “File Cave”;

president s strategy for american innovation
President’s Strategy for American Innovation

Tech Role in Innovation for Sustainable Growth and Quality Jobs

Smart Grid and Health IT Apps innovation efforts underway

Catalyze Breakthroughs for National Priorities

Open Government Initiative focused on empowering everyday Americans

  • Unleash a clean energy revolution
  • Support advanced vehicle technology
  • Drive breakthroughs in health IT
  • Address scientific “grand challenges”

Cloud Computing and Mobility as platforms for growth

Promote Competitive Markets that Spur Productive Entrepreneurship

  • Encourage high-growth and innovation-based entrepreneurship
  • Improve public sector innovation and support community innovation
  • Promote American exports
  • Support open capital markets that allocate resources to the most promising ideas

Invest in the Building Blocks of American Innovation

  • Restore American leadership in fundamental research
  • Educate the next generation with 21st century knowledge and skills; create a world-class workforce
  • Build a leading physical infrastructure
  • Develop an advanced information technology ecosystem


beta block r d initiative to connect neighbors
“Beta Block” R&D Initiative to Connect Neighbors

Internally Funded Effort to Deliver 1 Gig to Poorest Homes

Case Western Project in Brief

  • Launched in November 2009
  • Case Western Reserve University collaborative includes 40+ partners, 100+ household gigabit network
  • R&D effort, with private sector stakeholder support, to spur innovation in poor communities “next door”
  • Program metrics and goals set to measure changes related to:
    • Neighborhood Safety
    • Health and Wellness
    • STEM Education
    • Energy Sustainability

Energy Sustainability


Graduation Rates

Chronic Disease

Leverages ultra-high speed broadband networks, similar to recent federal grant to (nearly) double network size and deliver up to 100 gigabit/second speeds between nodes through U.S.UCAN


wireless health app closes information gap
Wireless Health App Closes Information Gap

Text4baby Campaign Exceeds 50,000 Subscribers Since February

Secretary Clinton announces collaborative with Russia to replicate success

Public-Private Partnership in Brief

  • Text4Baby is a free mobile health education service to promote maternal and child health
  • 15 wireless carriers have agreed to deliver Text4baby messages to subscribers at NO CHARGE for 2 years
  • Women who sign up will receive three free SMS text messages each week, timed to their due date or baby’s date of birth

Partners Include:

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition; Voxiva; CTIA Wireless Foundation; Grey Health Group; Johnson & Johnson; Wellpoint; Pfizer; CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; GW University; MTV; General Mills; and many more

Presidential Memorandum calls for doubling the amount of available spectrum for mobile broadband – 500 MHz – to be auctioned within ten years


Anatomy of an Open Government Ecosystem

HHS Launches Community Health Data Initiative (CHDI)

HHS launches CHDI June 2nd - demonstrating 20+ apps recently built or improved by innovators across the country using data HHS has made public (with much more to come)

Example: Microsoft announces Bing Health Maps and the incorporation of “Hospital Compare” data in search results – “bringing the data to you”

Source: Community Health Data Initiative, Department of Health & Human Services;

helping our children make healthier choices
Helping Our Children Make Healthier Choices

Prizes Policy Spurs USDA to Reward Apps Developers

95 qualified apps submitted by June 30th deadline – built on data that feeds USDA site

“The Apps for Healthy Kids competition challenges… the most creative, talented, and kid-savvy innovators across the country to build games that inspire and empower kids to get active and eat healthy.”

Judges include Zynga’s CEO, the “Woz” from Apple, GE’s Healthymagination lead, others

–First Lady Michelle Obama, March 11th, 2010

Source:; ;

from compliance to innovation
“From Compliance to Innovation”

Delivering Platforms for Educational Innovation Every 90 Days

“To meet the President’s goals -- to reach the finish line -- we need transformational change. The islands of excellence that now exist in school districts have to become the norm...In a word, America’s schools need innovation.” - Secretary Arne Duncan, Aug 20, 2009

Source:; ;

putting it altogether network challenge redux
Putting it Altogether: “Network Challenge” Redux

Still Early Days in Unlocking the Value of Collaboration

Innovative Incentive Model…

…Applied to e-Democracy

<9 hrs

Team attracted 5,000 participants in two days

Replicating what works in UN collaboration

Source:;; by MIT Team’s Riley Crane, with the United Nations