Federal 100 winner: Eric Hackathorn

Eric Hackathorn

Information Technology Specialist

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Hackathorn proved that virtual-world technology can have practical applications in making public data more accessible.

Hackathorn built the agency’s presence in virtual worlds by creating its Meteora Island in Second Life. Now NOAA is able to globally broadcast its work on predicting hurricanes, protecting coral reefs and modeling tsunamis.

“NOAA now has recognition across the globe as a strong scientific organization,” said William Bendel, chief of NOAA’s Technology Outreach Branch. “Many young adults — and others — have never heard of NOAA.… Eric was able to promote our mission and to show the value of NOAA’s science and research on a global basis.”

Hackathorn has since established a virtual continent for many federal agencies, including the Defense Department, the Energy Department, NASA and the National Institutes of Health.

Featured

  • Congress
    people and data (Lightspring/Shutterstock.com)

    Lawmaker pushes online verification to combat disinformation

    Mandatory ID checks for social media platforms could help fight propaganda, but experts worry about privacy tradeoffs.

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.