Writing on the White House’s blog, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra commented on his trip last week to the West Coast. He used the visual below to “capture [his] conversation” with leaders of California’s technology community.
The purpose of CIO Kundra’s trip was to hear ideas from private-sector innovators in the technology space as well as state and local governments on the West Coast about how the Federal Government can “leverage the power of technology to deliver better results to the American people.” CIO Kundra continued, “As I’ve said before, the Federal Government does not have a monopoly on the best ideas, and in order to truly change business as usual here in Washington – we’ve got to look beyond the Beltway.”
The first Federal CIO also highlighted a private-sector application, FlyOnTime.us, created by a group of independent developers using CIO Kundra’s project, Data.gov. The site uses real-time raw data to tell passengers what delays and lines to expect at the airport to make the process of boarding an airplane a little less time-consuming.
In Silicon Valley, CIO Kundra met with companies like Apple and Google to learn about how innovation happens in the consumer space, through new platforms like Apple’s online App Store. After California, he traveled to Washington State, where he met with CIOs from corporations like Weyerhaeuser and Microsoft to hear about how they effectively manage massive IT projects.
Then, CIO Kundra gave a speech at the University of Washington entitled “Making Government Work: Closing the Technology Gap to Deliver for the American People,” and finished at an industry awards celebration for local technology entrepreneurs, hosted by the Washington Technology Industry Association.
CIO Kundra closed his blog post, “It was great to see entrepreneurs from the “other” Washington talk to me about their ideas for helping us change the way Washington, DC works.”