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White House “We the Geeks” Hangout on Grand Challenges

May 15th, 2013 / in Uncategorized / by Shar Steed

image001Tomorrow, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. EDT, watch the first ‘We the Geeks” Hangout on and on the White House Google+ page.

On May 16th, the White House is kicking off “We the Geeks,” a new series of Google+ Hangouts to highlight the future of science, technology, and innovation here in the United States. Topics such as commercial space exploration, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, turning science fiction to science fact, and others will be discussed with Administration officials and key private sector contributors.


The first We the Geeks Hangout will focus on Grand Challenges, ambitious goals on a national or global scale that capture the imagination and demand advances in innovation and breakthroughs in science and technology. Grand Challenges are an important element of President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation.  On April 2nd, the President called on companies, research universities, foundations, and philanthropists to join with him in identifying and pursuing the Grand Challenges of the 21st century.

In tomorrow’s We the Geeks Hangout, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation Tom Kalil and an extraordinary panel of innovators from around the country to discuss the elements of an “all hands on deck” effort to pursue Grand Challenges. Participants include:

  • Matt Grob, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., to discuss the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and other bold research initiatives at Qualcomm
  • Rob High, IBM Fellow, Vice President, and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Watson Solutions, to discuss what’s next for Watson and the field of cognitive computing

Tune in Thursday, May 16, at 2:00 p.m. EDT on and on the White House Google+ page, or join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #WeTheGeeks.

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White House “We the Geeks” Hangout on Grand Challenges

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