All Hands 2017 Remote Participation

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Monday June 5, 2017



9:00 am

Welcome from CU Boulder + the Program Committee (start of Livestream)

State of the Hub
Meredith Lee, West Hub Executive Director

Panel: Flagship Initiatives and Strategic Opportunities for the West


  • Fen Zhao (BD Hubs & Spokes, National Science Foundation)
  • Michael Franklin (UC Berkeley and University of Chicago)
  • Ed Lazowska (University of Washington)
  • Michael Norman (San Diego Supercomputer Center)

10:00 am

Graphic Facilitation with ConverSketch: Karina Branson

Coffee & Networking Break

10:30 am

Spotlight on: Metro Data Science
Session Chair: Sarah Stone, West Hub Deputy Director

What are our lessons learned and best practices for regional-scale efforts in Metro Data Science, smart cities, and connected communities?

Hear lightning talks from industry, government, academia, and nonprofit organizations + highlights from the recently-launched National Transportation Data Challenge and NSF Big Data Spoke Projects:

  • Jesse Sweeten, Utah Department of Transportation
  • Kimberly Gardner, NSF Spoke Project (Idaho, Arizona, Washington)
  • Dave Goodsmith, Director of Strategic Partnerships, DataScience Inc (California)
  • Venu Garikapati, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • D Patrick Johnson, Solutions Studio / Futures, Booz Allen Hamilton

11:30 am

Spotlight on: Data-Driven Decision Making for Water Resources

Session Chair: Christine Kirkpatrick, West Hub Deputy Director

How might we improve the strategic tech + policy road map for our nation’s water data systems? How can we empower data-driven decision making about water?

Hear perspectives from our Water Task Force, including Western Water experts from municipalities, academia, government agencies, and leadership from the National Institutes for Water Resources

  • Julie Meier Wright, Former 1st Secretary of Trade and Commerce for the State of California
  • Sam Fernald, President-Elect for the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) and Director, New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute
  • Ben Ruddell, Northern Arizona University / NSF INFEWS
  • Jonathan Yoder, Director, State of Washington Water Research Center and Professor, School of Economic Sciences


Tuesday June 6, 2017

11:00 am

Breakout Sessions

National Transportation Data Challenge
(Session Chair: Nick Baguley, West Hub Steering Committee) 

Join by Zoom videoconferencing (see below).

Building upon the Challenge Launch in Seattle May 2017, join us as we continue to form teams and provide feedback to initial Hackathon Team project concepts! Special thanks to mentors from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), Google, Waze, Amazon, Microsoft, DataScience Inc, and other partners.  This session will also incorporate remote participants via video.

Category Chairs and Mentors participating:

  • Jane Zanzig, Data Science for Social Good (Education/Curriculum Category)

  • Eddie Fuller, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Distracted Driving Category)

  • Amy Unruh, GoogleCloud (Weather / Emergency Response Category)

  • Robert Hoffer and Joyce Morrell, MZ (Bike and Pedestrian Safety Category)

  • Dan Langford, Innovation Director, Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility and Industry Commercialization Manager from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (Connected Vehicles Category)

  • Amazon Web Services

Build Your Own: Our event space will be open for the rest of the day for all participants to self-organize and work collaboratively on proposals and other hub-related activities.




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