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Thursday, May 30 • 10:15am - 11:15am
The Revolution Will be Quantified?

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With technology becoming ubiquitous and cheaper, data is increasingly turning into a commodity. The business sector is the furthest along in understanding how to build economies of scale, and sometimes entirely new markets, through the use of both big and small data– i.e. targeted/behavioral advertising, Mint.com, etc. In the citizen sector, we are also seeing an increasing amount of entrepreneurs harnessing the power of data for social impact. This is true as much in the field of education (Beyond12, Peer to Peer University, Knewton), as in urban planning & civic engagement (Code for America, Turbo Vote), scientific research & healthcare (MedicMobile, Patients Like Me), and asset-building (Mission Asset Fund, Puddle.io). While the benefits of aggregating data cheaply and effectively are now becoming obvious, we have a responsibility to ask tough questions about the potential shortcomings of – and remedies against – relying too heavily on data to inform our decisions.


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Alexandra Bernadotte

Founder & CEO, Beyond 12
@abernadotte | Alex Bernadotte is the founder and chief executive officer of Beyond 12, a nonprofit that integrates personalized coaching with intelligent technology to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who earn a college degree. She has more than 15 years of executive management and strategic development experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Before creating Beyond 12, she served as an Associate Partner... Read More →
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John Bracken

Director, Journalism & Media Innovation , Knight Foundation 
John S. Bracken is director of media innovation for the Knight Foundation. He oversees the Knight News Challenge, Knight’s prototype fund, its journalism and technology investments. Bracken has over 10 years experience as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy, innovation and global internet freedom, having previously worked at the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Bracken is a frequent presenter at media and... Read More →
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Jeff Edmondson

Managing Director, Strive Network
Areas of Expertise • K-16 Education • Cradle to Career Education • Data-Driven Decisions • Powerful Partnerships • Student Outcomes • Staff Mediation • Conflict Resolution Jeff Edmondson is managing director of the Strive Network, a national cradle-to-career initiative that brings together leaders in Pre-K-12 schools, higher education, business and industry, community organizations, government leaders, parents and other stakeholders... Read More →
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Sascha Meinrath

Director, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation
@saschameinrath | Sascha Meinrath is vice president of the New America Foundation and director of the Open Technology Institute. In 2012 he was named one of the top 100 in Newsweek's Digital Power Index and he has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an "entrepreneurial visionary." He is a well-known expert on community wireless networks, municipal broadband, and telecommunications policy. In 2009 he was named one of Ars... Read More →
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John Wilbanks

Chief Commons Officer, Sage Bionetworks
@wilbanks | John Wilbanks is the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks and a Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. He has worked at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the World Wide Web Consortium, the US House of Representatives, and Creative Commons. John is a past affiliate of MIT’s Project on Mathematics and Computation and also started a bioinformatics company called... Read More →



Thursday May 30, 2013 10:15am - 11:15am
Newseum Room 802 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Sponsored By: Rita Allen Foundation

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