This morning I am in Washington DC to take part in a White House Champions of Change event focused on open innovation. Instead of trying to characterize this event myself, I'll just copy/paste some text:
You have been selected by United States Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra to be highlighted as a ‘Champion of Change’, which is part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. As the White House executes President Obama’s plan to “out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world”, entrepreneurs like you are being recognized for the innovative work you have undertaken in your community.
Each week, we feature a group of Americans who embody the President’s commitment to ‘Innovate, Educate, and Build’.
CTO Aneesh Chopra and CIO Vivek Kundra as well as other Administration officials will host an Open Innovation / Champions of Change event at the White House on Friday, June 10th , 9am- 11am.
The project being highlighted– and which I'll discuss in a roundtable with about a dozen really smart people with very interesting projects– is Citypayments.org. Here's the blog post I wrote when we launched Citypayments in July 2009. I also wrote extensively earlier this week about Citypayments in the context of the great public data being released by the City of Chicago.
I am honored to be a part of this event. Like others here, I just found out about this late last week, so we're kind of stunned a bit to be a part of this. More to come on all their great projects as they emerge.