SXSW Interactive 2013

Engaging Government For Fun, Profit, and Meaning

The opening of government has already yielded new tools that can help citizens to start their own businesses and engage in successful projects, while helping the government and the market operate more efficiently. This panel will explore how and why citizens can participate in and benefit from government's recent forays into the digital landscape.
Panelists will discuss the offerings from The National Archive (which hosts the Citizen Archivist Dashboard), the USDA (which hosts MyPlate Super Tracker and Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass), Health and Human Services (which hosts more than 250 health-related data sets), GSA (which runs Challenge.Gov) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (which helps set standards for financial data). We will talk about how citizens, and increasingly entrepreneurs, can turn leverage government to help create new tools and launch companies, make more informed decisions, and engage in meaningful work.

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  1. How can ordinary citizens use tools and data currently offered by federal agencies to start their own businesses or make better daily decisions?
  2. How can start-ups engage with federal agencies to help them acquire the data they need to disrupt markets?
  3. How can entrepreneurs find or request data sets to create new tools for their businesses and clients?
  4. What new tools and data sets are forthcoming from federal agencies, who is in charge of developing them, and how can coders and entrepreneurs get involved early to ensure that their needs will be met?
  5. What kinds of meaningful scientific, cultural, historical, or national projects does the government run that citizens can join if they don't live in Washington, DC?



Gadi Ben-Yehuda, Social Media Director, IBM Center for the Business of Government

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  • Tags: entrepreneur, government
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Government and Civic Engagement
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced
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