Example Track 1

Opportunity Knocking - Scaling Digital Innovation Across Agencies

Oct 05, 2021

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Robert McNamara



*Providing Session Opening Remarks

Drew Zachary

Managing Director of Census Open Innovation Labs,
U.S. Census Bureau and
Deputy CDO for Innovation

U.S. Department of Commerce

The Census Bureau's program The Opportunity Project has now been around for more than 5 years, helping agencies to leverage data as a strategic asset, engage the public with open data, and catalyze internal innovations. This year, to help scale this model across government and empower agencies to innovate, The Opportunity Project has changed its operating model, now enabling agencies to take the lead on their own technology development sprints. This new approach gives agencies leadership and accountability for the process, and has imparted valuable lessons to the Census team on best practices for scaling innovation government-wide, and how cultural shifts can be key enablers to broader digital transformation. This session will share more on these key lessons learned and opportunities for agencies to collaborate.

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