On January 14, Emergency Communications Network (ECN), a mass notification system provider, was honored with the opportunity to participate in the second annual White House Safety Datapalooza. This exciting one day event highlighted innovators from the private, nonprofit, and academic sectors who are using freely available government data to build products, services and apps that advanced public safety in creative and powerful ways.
The morning session was held in the Jefferson Auditorium at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. and featured presentations from top officials representing the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Product Safety Commission, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Private sector entrepreneurs also presented their latest innovations to the crowd of over 400 attendees. Innovative ideas, concepts and ready-to-release mobile applications featured unique ways of using open data.
The afternoon session brought public, private and non-profit sectors together for roundtable discussions called “datajams.” Federal agency representatives facilitated the datajam sessions to brainstorm new ways to foster the development and utilization of open data to benefit the public through technology, such as the CodeRED Mobile Alert app developed by ECN.
The Datapolooza event was a great opportunity for ECN to provide input and form new partnerships to help improve the ever-growing world of data for a more alert and informed public.
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