In this weeks’ Federal News Roundup the government’s Chief Data Scientists explains why he thinks that all entrepreneurs need to do a ‘tour of duty’ in government before heading to Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley, and Silicon Prairie. Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Human Services is in need of an API that will help move patient data securely and NASA’s inventions are having a big impact here on Planet Earth. To find out more about these stories, continue reading below.
U.S. Chief Data Scientist Urges Budding Entrepreneurs to Consider Government First
DJ Patil left Silicon Valley last year to come to become the country’s first chief data scientist as part of the Obama administration’s data-driven government initiative. As chief data scientist “Patil has been tasked with looking at the policies rules, and laws that … [are] in place…to evaluate whether they’re hindering or enabling U.S. innovation.” While this is an overview of his official job description, Patil is also on a mission to bring Silicon Valley and Washington D.C. together but not in the way that most people expect: for Patil it’s not about Silicon Valley saving Washington D.C. but creating an environment where talent can move back and forth bringing insight and sharing knowledge. Interested in learning more about Patil’s vision for a government that’s built like 18F? You can read the full article here in Venture Beat.
Wanted: API for the Secure Movement of Data
The Department of Health and Human Services is looking for an API that will enable consumers to move their data between locations, providers, or wherever they want seamlessly and securely. To this end the agency as launched the Move Health Forward Challenge – a competition that’s running from now until September and open to all. Participants must design a secure API, recruit testers who are willing to share health data and then demonstrate the API’s capabilities to a panel of judges. Ready to get coding? You can find more information and a link to the competition page here…
NASA Brings Its Inventions Home
When we think of the work that NASA does, it’s natural to focus on projects and technologies that are, quite literally, out of this world. While the Hubble Telescope, the Mars Rover, and the many experiments that take place onboard the International Space Station are definitely the headline grabbers, much of what NASA does in space can be applied here on Earth. NASA’s Technology Transfer Program showcases IT innovations that have been developed in space, but have practical uses on earth, such as the JPL invention that can detect heartbeats through snow, rubble, and noise enable FEMA rescue workers to locate people trapped in avalanches or in earthquake debris. Have we piqued your interest? There are more inventions here and the original story appeared on NextGov.
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