Promoting Data Innovation and Energy Innovation Across the U.S.A.
WASHINGTON (June 11, 2013) - The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is pleased to announce that two of ITIF's talented analysts are proposing projects for the Millennial Trains Project's (MTP) inaugural 10-city summer tour from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. beginning August 8, 2013.
MTP is recruiting 40 of America's most enterprising Millennials to participate in the transcontinental train journey during which they can pursue a project they are passionate about. To earn a spot on the train, each person must raise a total of $5,000 from at least 10 or more donors for their project. Contributions of any size are appreciated.
Travis Korte's effort will illustrate how data, both big and small, is changing communities all across America. At each MTP locality, he will invite leaders involved in data-related projects-from government and civic leaders engaged in open data projects to entrepreneurs creating the next big data applications-to share their ideas and stories. Just as Alexis de Tocqueville used his journey across America to capture how democracy was transforming the U.S. economy and society, Travis will use this as an opportunity to capture how new uses of data are transforming our nation. Please visit Travis' project page to learn more or to contribute to the effort.
Matt Stepp's project seeks to engage researchers, policymakers, academics, and business people along MTP's route who are involved in developing and commercializing cheap, innovative clean energy technologies. He will work to connect those stories to the federal policies and policymakers that are either enhancing or inhibiting the development of that technology. By presenting how actions in Washington are helping or hurting the development of community energy innovation Matt hopes to promote the policy reforms and enhanced federal investment that are necessary to make cheap, high quality renewable energy technologies a reality. Please consider supporting Matt by making a contribution on his project page.
"Numerous communities across the United States are utilizing innovative data and clean energy technologies to improve numerous aspects of society," adds Robert Atkinson, President of ITIF. "Through this partnership with the Millennial Trains Project, ITIF can further understanding of the use of these important technology areas and how federal policy can further innovation and adoption across the nation."
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at www.itif.org.