Innovative State: How You Can Transform Government

Aneesh Chopra (Hunch Analytics)

Abstract: Over the last twenty years, our economy and our society, from how we shop and pay our bills to how we communicate, have been completely revolutionized by technology. Once it became clear how much this would change America, a movement arose to apply these same technologies to reshape and improve government - from within or, through a series of handshakes and handoffs, outside it. This presentation will provide a playbook for how you can help build new solutions that tackle our most challenging problems and, in a manner that grows the economy. From joining the recently launched U.S. Digital Service, to any number of startups that boost the productivity of public and regulated industries, there is a seat at the table for every entrepreneur, like the First Lady’s State of the Union guest, Kathy Pham.

Bio: Aneesh Chopra is the former (and first) U.S. Chief Technology Officer. As an Assistant to the President, he designed the National Wireless Initiative, helped launch Startup America, and executed an "open innovation" strategy across the government built on private sector collaboration - opening up data, convening on standards and staffing "lean government startups." He is the author of the book, "Innovative State: How New Technologies can Transform Government," focused on how we can tap entrepreneurial problem solvers to address challenges in health, energy and education markets among other public and regulated sectors.
Chopra is currently the co-founder and executive vice president of Hunch Analytics, a technology firm focused on improving the productivity of public and regulated sectors of the economy through data analytics. He serves as a Member of the Council on Virginia’s Future and is an inaugural Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2011, Chopra was named to Modern Healthcare's list of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare and in 2008, to Government Technology magazine's Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue. Chopra earned his master's degree in public policy from Harvard University in 1997 and his bachelor's degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994.