Tomorrow, May 16th, the White House is beginning a new Google+ series called “We the Geeks”. The announcement was posted yesterday on the White House website noting that you can join the conversation via Twitter using the hashtag #WeTheGeeks.
The conversation begins at 2:00 p.m. EDT, you can find it at WhiteHouse.gov.
Research universities, businesses, philanthropists, and foundations were called upon to assist President Obama to identity and pursue Grand Challenges for the 21st century, the first topic in the first We the Geeks series . Grand Challenges are a component from President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation, they are motivated goals on a global and national scale capturing the imagination that demand advances in technology and innovation, requiring breakthroughs in science and technology.
There are current Grand Challenges in working to solve many of the worlds’ and nations’ problems: making solar energy more economical, engineer better medicine, secure cyberspace, enhance personalized learning, create effective single dose vaccines that can be used immediately after birth, and develop needle-free delivery systems among so many other challenges.
The May 16th kick-off is only the launch of a sequence of fascinating discussions of Google’s social networking site Google+, highlighting space exploration, science technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
Along with select White House administration officials, key private sector contributors will be on hand for the discussion as well.
According to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Obama Administration supports Grand Challenges because:
- They believe Grand Challenges can help solve vital societal and economic issues
- Grand Challenges can act as a liaison between government, business, universities, non-profits, and philanthropists; helping them create a collaboration
- Grand Challenges will help lay the groundwork for future jobs, thus, more employment
- Grand Challenges helps gain the imagination and support of the public, increasing knowledge of science, technology, and innovation, inspiring future engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs
- As a result, Grand Challenges garners support for public policy
Some of the participants in the first We the Geeks initial conversation will include:
- While House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation – Tom Kalil
- Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. – Matt Grob
- IBM Fellow, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Watson Solutions – Rob High
- Participant in the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program /Recent Duke University Graduate – degree in engineering – Kathryn Latham
- Research professor, Stanford / Google Fellow / co-founder of Udacity – Sebastian Thrun
We the Geeks, Thursday, May 16 Twitter #WeTheGeeks, or the conversation begins at 2:00 p.m. EDT, you can find it at WhiteHouse.gov.
By Dawn Cranfield
Senior Correspondent/Product Specialist