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Welcome to NYC School of Data — a community conference that demystifies the policies and practices around civic data, technology, and service design. This year’s conference concludes NYC’s annual Open Data Week & features 60+ sessions organized by NYC’s civic technology, data, and design community! Our conversations & workshops will feed your mind and empower you to improve your neighborhood. Follow the conversation #nycSOdata on twitter and tune into our live stream (provided by the Internet Society New York Chapter).

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Saturday, March 7 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Harnessing Collaboration and Open Data to Tackle Earth’s Challenges

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The Opportunity Project is a program which engages government, communities, and the technology industry to create digital tools that address our greatest challenges as a nation. This process helps to empower people with technology, make government open data more accessible and user-friendly, and facilitate cross-sector collaboration to build new digital solutions with open data. In this session, Radhika Bhatt, Deputy Director of The Opportunity Project, will utilize design thinking methods to lead participants through collaborative activities that focus on using data to tackle environmental challenges relevant to New York City. This will be a participatory workshop where attendees will work together to identify community challenges and the people and data needed to help solve them. Attendees will leave the workshop with local challenges identified, and will be equipped with collaborators, data, and an action plan to move into problem solving with their communities.

Speaker Bio:
Radhika Bhatt is a civic technologist and community organizer with a career focusing on design, innovation, and open data. As Deputy Director of The Opportunity Project (TOP) at the Census Open Innovation Labs, she manages TOP’s 12-week sprints, leads engagement with companies, universities, and civic tech organizations, and facilitates design thinking workshops with TOP participants. Radhika is passionate about using human centered design to improve cross-sector collaboration, innovate on how open data is utilized, and grow engagement between technologists and the government.

Prior to this, Radhika worked at Fjord Design Studio at Accenture and utilized service design skills to facilitate workshops with Federal employees to identify problems, ideas, and solutions to resolve agency-wide challenges. Additionally, she worked with the Commerce Data Service designing websites to make Department of Commerce data more accessible to the public.

Radhika recently spent a year in India volunteering with various communities for the goal of language immersion, and is fluent in Gujarati. She is heavily involved in the DC tech community as a mentor and creative organizer, and is a 2-time winner of the DCFemTech Powerful Woman in Design award.


Radhika Bhatt

U.S. Census Bureau

Saturday March 7, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST
3-302 - (60 ppl)