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All Hands on Deck:
COVID-19 Open Innovation Efforts and The Opportunity Project Earth Sprint

Friday, April 17, 2020 at 3:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

Sophia B Liu (USGS Open Innovation Lead) will provide an overview of the various open innovation efforts inside and outside of government that have emerged in response to COVID-19. She will also discuss The Opportunity Project Earth Sprint and proposed Problem Statements.

Citizen scientists are playing the Foldit game designing protein structures to fight against coronavirus. GISCorps digital volunteers are crowdsourcing information online to develop the COVID-19 Testing Sites Locator Map in coordination with the FEMA Crowdsourcing Unit. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Call to Action to the Tech Community on New Machine Readable COVID-19 Dataset led to a series of Artificial Intelligence Challenges on Kaggle for developing text and data mining tools for the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Challenge (CORD-19)USAID has also launched the COVID-19 Innovation Hub to aggregate and highlight innovations responding to COVID-19. More examples can be found on the COVID-19 Open Innovation Efforts wiki page. How can USGS and the Community for Data Integration (CDI) community learn from these open innovation efforts in terms of how we integrate and communicate data, how we understand and communicate risk, and how we contribute and use open innovation efforts that can inform the decisions we all are having to make in our professional and personal lives right now in this global crisis?

The US Census Bureau sponsors The Opportunity Project (TOP) to engage government, communities, academia, and the technology industry to facilitate cross-sector collaboration in the development of new digital solutions with open data that help strengthen American economic opportunity. This year they are hosting a 12-Week Earth Sprint and a COVID-19 Sprint starting this summer. It would be great to have USGS more officially involved and potentially collaborate with other federal agencies and non-profit organizations to define high-priority challenges facing the public. Sophia will present potential Problem Statements to submit to the TOP 2020 Earth and COVID-19 Sprint (see the attached PDF documents for more information and guidance on TOP).


Ignite Open Innovation (OI) Forum

Series of talks and open discussions to inform the USGS Open Innovation Strategy

Ignite OI Forum Video Recording

Ignite OI Forum - All Hands on Deck_ COVID-19 Open Innovation Efforts and The Opportunity Project.mp4


Resources Shown in Presentation and Other Related Links


Government Resources

Challenge, Prize Competitions, and Hackathons

Citizen Science, Crowdsourcing, Open Science

Open Source Software

Open Source Hardware

Maker Movement

Data Visualization Videos

Contact Tracing - Crowdsourcing Mobility




US Census Bureau - The Opportunity Project


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