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The Opportunity Project

About The Opportunity Project

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 -- The Opportunity Project is a collaborative effort between government agencies, technology companies and nongovernment organizations to translate government open data into user-friendly tools that solve real world problems for families, communities and businesses nationwide. To date, 10 federal agencies and more than 50 technology companies, universities, and local communities have come together to develop solutions that improve access to economic opportunity, resulting in the creation of over 45 digital tools that now help families, schools, local officials and other members of the public.


12 – 12:30 pm: Introduction

12:30 – 2 pm: Lighting Talks

2 – 2:30 pm: Leadership Talks

2:30 – 2:45 pm: Closing

3 – 5 pm: Live Demos

New Tools

My City Data Learning tool

Cisco DevNet’s tool uses American Community Survey data from the Census Bureau to help mobile millennials and application developers solve social problems using open data available for their communities and cities. 


Excella Consulting’s tool uses data sets form the Washington D.C. Department of Human Services to help youth experiencing homelessness find and access services in the D.C. area.

PAIRIN Pathways

PAIRIN Pathways  uses data from the Census Bureau, Department of Labor, O*NET and more, to help veterans translate their developed skills into private sector careers, plus connect them to the education, soft skills development and employers that can ensure their success.

Grants Intelligence

eCivis’s tool uses Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, USA Spending, Single Audit, and Census data to help local, state, federal and tribal governments navigate federal grants and maximize the return on investment of federal grant dollars.

Social Impact Reporting Platform

True Impact’s tool used federal data to enhance its Social Impact Reporting Platform, enabling users to automatically query Health and Human Services grants.gov database to find funding opportunities they may qualify for.

Get Vets Help

Care Partners Plus’s tool uses Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development data to enable veterans to communicate their needs to their care team in real-time. It helps with identifying veterans that are at high risk for suicide, homelessness and substance use for improved follow-up, transparency and accountability.


MIT’s tool is a web-based artificial intelligence tool that helps journalists, philanthropists, public servants and policy advocates to search Census Bureau, FBI, and Center for Disease Control public data on demographics, criminal justice, public health, and elections.


IBM’s tool PopCount is an iOS application to support the logistical planning, coordination, execution, and data collection effort undertaken by Census Bureau employees conducting the homeless count.


Measure of America’s tool is a free mapping and data tool for visualizing Census Bureau state and city data that can help with census outreach in New York City communities by answering questions like “What happens with census data?” and “Why does the census matter to me?”


Karen Dunn-Kelley, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, Department of Commerce

Ron S. Jarmin, Performing the Nonexclusive Functions and Duties of the Director, U.S. Census Bureau

Margie Graves, Acting U.S. Chief Information Officer, Office of Management and Budget

Dave Lebryk, Fiscal Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury 

Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger, Director of Policy and Program Studies Service, U.S. Department of Education

Outside Agency’s Public Affairs Contacts

Thomas Longnecker

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Jovette Gadson

Office of Management and Budget
Coalter Baker

Department of Education
Sally Harris

Department of Veteran Affairs
Paula Pedene

Join the conversation online using #OpportunityProject and follow @uscensusbureau on Instagram for behind the scene photos. Tag @uscensusbureau in your Social Media posts.


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