At a March 1 demo day of federal, private and nongovernmental tech projects, the Census Bureau showcased a variety of open data and AI tools aimed at addressing challenges ranging from disaster recovery to health care to the workforce.
In response to the Opportunity Project tech sprint hosted by the bureau, technologists and data specialists from federal agencies, businesses, citizen interest organizations and the general public demoed their tech projects using data from a wide array of federal agencies.
Kelvin Droegemeier, the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, praised the projects for using federal data outside of its original context.
"Liberating data is one of the main focal points of the White House," he said. "How do we liberate data to bring it forward to folks who are very innovative… to solve some of the foremost problems?"