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Ignite Open Innovation (OI) Forum

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

Monday, March 16, 2020 at 3 PM ET / 9 AM HT

Jefferson Chang from the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) will present a new citizen science initiative using low-cost emerging technology with students to aid volcano and earthquake monitoring efforts on the Hawai'i Island. This will be followed by an interactive Q&A discussion with Jefferson and an open forum for others to share and get feedback on potential open innovation projects related to volcanoes and earthquakes. See below for more information on the the agenda, Jefferson's talk abstract and bio, the Zoom video conferencing information, and the OI Community resources. Feel free to forward this to others that may be interested in this meeting.

3:00 - 3:05 PM   Introduction to Ignite OI Forum and Menti Poll

3:05 - 3:20 PM   Using Volcanic Hazards in Hawai‘i as a STEM Platform in Problem-Based Learning

3:20 - 3:35 PM   Q&A with Jefferson Chang

3:35 - 4:00 PM   Open Forum - Share Potential OI Projects related to Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Using Volcanic Hazards in Hawai‘i as a STEM Platform in Problem-Based Learning

Hawai‘i Island is home to Mauna Loa and Kīlauea, respectively the largest and most active volcanoes on the planet. The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) monitors, investigates, and assesses the hazards posed by these volcanoes since 1912. HVO uses real-time information from instruments to monitor thermal and visual changes, volcanic gas emissions, ground deformation, and seismic activity. However, most of these monitoring instruments are located along volcanic edifices and rift zones, far from heavily populated areas, such as Hilo, Kona, and Pāhoa. Increasing the coverage of monitoring stations on the island is financially impractical, due to the high cost of instrumentation. In recent years, publicly available data and technological advancements have given new momentum to citizen science initiatives. Data gathered by specialized instrumentation are reproducible by enthusiastic hobbyists, using readily available off-the-shelf components. We use emerging technology to empower youth in a problem-based learning approach during a summer-long course. With guidance from HVO scientists, students essentially adopt the hazards mission of the USGS. Students not only aid in the volcano monitoring efforts on Hawai‘i Island, but also (1) take ownership of their own learning, (2) increase their capacity in STEM, and (3) engage the local community and address its needs.

Jefferson Chang is a geophysicist at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO). Before coming to the USGS in 2018 (in the middle of the Kīlauea volcanic crisis), he was the geophysical network manager at the Oklahoma Geological Survey (and interim state seismologist during the 2015-2016 induced seismicity crisis).

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What does Open Innovation mean?

Open Innovation: Open Innovation is an umbrella term that refers to participatory methods and techniques for obtaining ideas, expertise, and resources from the public, organizations, and experts in an open way.

Citizen Science: The public participates voluntarily in the scientific process, addressing real-world problems in ways that may include formulating research questions, conducting scientific experiments, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting results, making new discoveries, developing technologies and applications, and solving complex problems.

Crowdsourcing: An open call for voluntary assistance from a large group of individuals for gathering ideas, observations, or services. Many crowdsourced efforts use rigorous procedures to ensure data quality, such as checking for agreement from multiple volunteers or developing verification protocols.

Challenges & Prize Competitions: An approach to federal contracting that promotes innovation by offering a monetary or non-monetary reward upon completing a specific objective or task. Prize competitions are a proven way to increase innovation for the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. Incentivized, open competition is a standard tool in many agencies’ toolboxes for delivering more cost-effective and efficient services, and advancing agencies’ core missions.

Civic Hacking: A creative and collaborative approach to problem solving. Hackathons are gatherings that encourage meaningful engagement between technology developers, designers, data scientists, subject matter experts, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders, making them great places to understand our users, build volunteer community and capacity, as well as recruit new talent. The goal is to produce quick and creative solutions, learn new tools and skills, and meet new people.

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