Thursday, August 23, 2012

White House announces Presidential Innovation Fellows

This morning, US Chief Technology Officer Todd Park announced the first class of “Presidential Innovation Fellows.”

“The Presidential Innovation Fellows program leverages the ingenuity of leading problem solvers from across America together with federal innovators to tackle projects that aim to fuel job creation, save taxpayers money and improve the lives of Americans in tangible ways,” Park said, in a released statement. “These private sector innovators bring their entrepreneurial expertise to the table that has helped jump-start high-tech companies, increase efficiency and public engagement, and redefine how technology is used in business.”

For more context on the Presidential Innovation Fellows, read our extensive interview with US CTO Todd Park.

Following is a list of fellows and the projects, with descriptions from the White House release:

Blue Button:

• Dr. Henry Wei, MD (@HenryWeiMD) – Practicing doctor and informatics expert, New York, NY
• Ryan Panchadsaram (@rypan) – Founder of Pipette, San Francisco, CA
• Matt McCall – Information systems expert, Baltimore, MD


• Clay Johnson (@cjoh) – Best-selling author, open government technologist and entrepreneur, Washington, DC
• Jed Wood (@silentrant)– Interaction designer, web developer, and entrepreneur, Chicago, IL
• Adam Becker (@AdamJacobBecker)– Web developer and co-founder of civic engagement startup GovHub, Oakland, CA


• Kara DeFrias (@CaliforniaKara) – User experience writer from TurboTax San Diego, CA
• Phil Ashlock (@PhilipAshlock) Open government program manager and co-founder of Civic Commons, Brooklyn, NY
• Danny Chapman (@DannyChapman) – Award-winning website designer, Riverside, RI
• Greg Gershman (@greggersh) – Software engineer and serial entrepreneur Baltimore, MD
• Ben Balter (@BenBalter) – Software engineer, Washington, DC

The 20% Initiative

• Karl Mehta (@KarlMehta) – Serial entrepreneur and founder of PlaySpan, Fremont, CA

Open Data Initiatives 

• Ian Kalin (@IanJKalin) – Navy veteran and managing director of an energy sector startup, San Francisco, CA
• Marina Martin (@marinamartin) – Web developer and business efficiency expert, Seattle, WA
• Raphael Majma – Open data researcher, Brooklyn, NY
• Nick Bramble (@nbramble) – Director, Law & Media Program, Information Society Project at Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
• Dmitry Kachaev (@kachok) – Software engineer, Arlington, VA
• Nathaniel Manning (@natpmanning)– Robotics entrepreneur and member of the World Economic Forum’s Personal Data team and Google’s Data Colloquium team, San Francisco, CA


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