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Data Beyond this World: A Night with NASA

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Wanna know what data looks like from space? Join the brightest minds from NASA to learn about the agency's newly redesigned Spark your creative juices and equip yourself with the tools to innovate here on Earth and beyond by leveraging NASA's local, global, and interstellar datasets.

The NASA team will provide an overview of the agency's open data efforts and the newly redesigned website — of which the data portal is featured. They'll walk through, and provide detailed answers to your questions (e.g. on data usability, creating APIs from the site). They will also give an update on Space Apps 2016 with some highlights from last year, as well as an overview of the new Datanaut program!


6:00PM - 6:30PM Food and networking

6:30PM - 6:40PM Introductions

6:40PM - 8:00PM Speaker presentations

8:00PM - Data drinks

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Beth Beck, Open Innovation Program Manager at NASA

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Beth Beck is passionate about public service. She views innovation and collaboration as tools to challenge bureaucratic status quo. As NASA's Open Innovation Program Manager, her role is to accelerate the identification and adoption of breakthrough innovation and cutting-edge data technology solutions through open government, digital strategy, and mass collaboration. Beth leads the http://SpaceAppsChallenge program, a two-day code-a-thon that enables planetary citizens in hundreds of locations around the world create innovative solutions using NASA data and tools. As an outgrowth of Space Apps, she and her team created NASA’s new Data Bootcamp, Datanaut Corps, and Space Apps Project Accelerator Toolkit. Beth co-founded the award winning ( program to demonstrate relevance between scarce resources on Earth and life in the extremely hostile environment of space. She received NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal for innovative public outreach programs and the Aerospace Awareness Award by the Women in Aerospace, and was recognized by FedScoop as one of DC's Top Women in Tech two years in a row. Beth, a Phi Beta Kappa, received both graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin in government and public affairs, and is a PhD candidate at Virginia Tech. Her dissertation topic is Innovation through Complex Collaboration.

Jason Duley, NASA

Ames Research Center, Open Innovation Team

Kathy Hsu, Socrata

Kathy is the Federal Account Consultant at Socrata. Her primary focus is on enabling a data driven framework for the U.S government. By understanding the goals and mission of an agency, Kathy actively advises federal agencies on best practices for publishing data. She drives innovation through making data more accessible - Kathy finds creative ways to utilize federal data to drive a positive impact to the economy. Prior to joining Socrata, she managed the federal ecosystem for a tech startup in the Silicon Valley. Her experience with innovative technologies and her passion in working with the federal government brought her to Washington D.C. Here in DC, she is dedicated to improve the quality of life through the power of data.

Amy Ghate, Socrata

Amy is a technical architect focused on Socrata's Federal and NGO/Non-Profit customers including NASA, World Bank, Department of Commerce, and others. She works with agencies to integrate data discovery, access and management and into existing information systems so organizations can effectively use their data. Amy also actively advises federal agencies and NGOs on best practices for publishing data to support scientists, researchers, policymakers, and other data users.