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Thursday, November 12
 

12:00pm EST

Introduction to the Convening and Defining/Conceptual Challenges in Public Interest Technology
Designees discuss the evolving definition of public interest technology and how individuals can situate themselves and their work within a PIT frame. The panel will revisit previous definition efforts and discuss how the evolution of the Public Interest Technology sector has changed, and how we need to adapt it.

Moderators
avatar for David Guston

David Guston

School Director & Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
David H. Guston is Foundation Professor and founding director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. He is also Associate Vice Provost for Discovery, Engagement and Outcomes within the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory. He served as principal investigator... Read More →
avatar for Andreen Soley

Andreen Soley

Director, Public Interest Technology University Network, New America
Andreen Soley is director of the Public Interest Technology (PIT) University Network at New America. In 2018, Soley joined New America after twenty years of experience working within higher education and the nonprofit sector. From 2001 to 2005, she served as the director of educational... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sylvester A. Johnson

Sylvester A. Johnson

Professor and Director of the Center for Humanities, Virginia Tech
Sylvester A. Johnson, the founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities, is a nationally recognized humanities scholar specializing in the study of technology, race, religion, and national security. He is also assistant vice provost for the humanities at Virginia Tech... Read More →
avatar for Deirdre K. Mulligan

Deirdre K. Mulligan

Professor , School of Information, University of California, Berkeley
Deirdre K. Mulligan is a Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, a faculty Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, a co-organizer of the Algorithmic Fairness & Opacity Working Group, an affiliated faculty on the Hewlett funded Berkeley Center for Long-Term... Read More →
avatar for David Eaves

David Eaves

Lecturer of Public Policy, Harvard University
David Eaves is a Lecturer of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School where he teaches on digital transformation in the public sector. Over the past year he has been the PI on a project that has pulled together faculty and practitioners from around the world to try to define the... Read More →
avatar for Sujatha Raman

Sujatha Raman

Associate Professor, The Australian National University
Associate Professor Sujatha Raman joined CPAS in July 2018 as Director of Research and Reader. Trained in science and technology studies (STS), she is exploring the contribution that science communication research and practice can make to science, technology and innovation in the... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 12:00pm - 1:25pm EST

1:30pm EST

The Demand for Public Interest Technology
Establish the need for public interest technologists across multiple sectors including nonprofit, advocacy organizations, private companies, and government agencies.

Moderators
avatar for Susan Tedrick

Susan Tedrick

Technical Specialist, IBM

Speakers
avatar for Rick KempinskI

Rick KempinskI

Senior Manager, Federal Workforce Programs, Partnership for Public Service
Rick Kempinski leads the Partnership’s internship and fellowship strategy and manages several key programs. Previously, Rick managed fellowship programs that placed scientists, engineers, and medical professionals throughout the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Rodriguez

Stephanie Rodriguez

Vice President, Policy & Engagement, AnitaB.org
Prior to working at AnitaB.org, Stephanie served as the Director of STEM Policy at the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit supporting afterschool and summer learning across the nation. An immunologist by training, Stephanie found her way to STEM education policy and advocacy through... Read More →
avatar for Travis Moore

Travis Moore

Founder and Director, TechCongress
Travis Moore is the founder and director of TechCongress, based at the Open Technology Institute at New America. TechCongress connects Congress to technology talent, training, and ideas and organizes the Congressional Innovation Fellowship.Moore worked on Capitol Hill for six years... Read More →
avatar for Georgia Bullen

Georgia Bullen

Executive Director, Simply Secure
Georgia has been a leader and an advocate in the internet health movement through her work and passion around issues such as net neutrality, security, privacy, and equitable access to technology. Her work has focused on the intersection of human-centered design, communities, physical... Read More →
avatar for Robert Domanski

Robert Domanski

Director of Higher Education, New York City Government – Tech Talent Pipeline
Robert Domanski, PhD, is the New York City government’s Director of Higher Education for the Mayor’s Tech Talent Pipeline industry partnership.  Rob oversees the “CUNY 2x Tech” initiative – a $20 million investment into CUNY Computer Science programs.  As part of a broader... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST

3:00pm EST

Break
Thursday November 12, 2020 3:00pm - 3:15pm EST

3:15pm EST

Field Building Sessions
PIT-UN Designees, PIs, Communications and Development Teams break into five smaller groups to discuss issue areas:
  • Curriculum/Faculty
  • Faculty Recognition
  • Experiential
  • Institutional Data
  • Financial Support







Thursday November 12, 2020 3:15pm - 5:30pm EST

5:30pm EST

Break
Thursday November 12, 2020 5:30pm - 7:00pm EST

6:00pm EST

PIT Careers & Handshake
Handshake helps every student find a great job and build the foundations of a meaningful career, no matter where they go to school, what they’re majoring in, or who they know. Learn how Handshake can help you identify students interested in PIT opportunities, introduce them to relevant employers, host events that foster PIT connections, and provide insight into what it takes for students to be successful in the field.

Speakers
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Chelsea Romaine

Relationship Manager, Handshake
BG

Brit Gergen

Education Product Marketing Manager, Handshake


Thursday November 12, 2020 6:00pm - 6:30pm EST

7:00pm EST

Centering Racial Equity in PIT Work
Since the start of the pandemic in mid-March, more than 50 million people have lost work and unemployment rates have reached levels not seen since the Great Depression. Still, the economic devastation has not been colorblind, and neither are the financial support systems meant to buoy workers. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc in Black and Latinx communities at an inordinate level— both from a health and economic standpoint. COVID-related death rates have soared higher among Black and Latinx people compared with white people, Black and Latinx-owned businesses are struggling to stay afloat, and the pandemic has exposed the disparities in our school systems as students have transitioned to remote learning. All of these factors tell the story of a deeply inequitable pandemic and subsequent recovery that could be even more devastating than the last economic recession. 
During this session, we’ll hear from Working America, Civilla, and New Practice Lab experts as they discuss their work to increase access to unemployment benefits for communities of color. We’ll also discuss the role of Public Interest Technology in improving access to critical services and benefits, redesigning policy,  and our collective responsibility to do this work in a way that centers equity.

Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Garlow

Elizabeth Garlow

Deputy Director, New Practice Lab, New America
Elizabeth Garlow is the Deputy Director of New America's New Practice Lab and also serves as a Fellow on Faith and Finance. Her work focuses on building a new economy anchored in human flourishing. She pursues this through the levers of policy and finance, working to connect new economic... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Monée Fields-White

Monée Fields-White

Journalist and former New Practice Lab fellow
Monée Fields-White is a writer and journalist, whose career spans over a decade developing a broad spectrum of stories on a national and global scale in the four largest media markets— New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. She began her journalism career at Bloomberg... Read More →
avatar for Matt Morrison

Matt Morrison

Executive Director, Working America
Matt Morrison is the executive director of Working America, a three-million-member labor organization mobilizing working people who don’t have the benefit of a union at their jobs. He is a leading political practitioner with experience working in over 500 elections throughout his... Read More →
avatar for Umbreen Qureshi

Umbreen Qureshi

Designer, Civilla
Umbreen Qureshi is a designer at Civilla, a nonprofit design studio in Detroit. As a designer, Umbreen leads user testing and research on the organization's public sector work - using design to increase and streamline access to public benefits for millions of Michigan residents and... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST

8:00pm EST

Social Hour
During this hour-long session we will provide opportunities for attendees to meet and talk with each other. Just because we’re virtual, doesn’t mean we can’t make solid connections and share information and fellowship with each other!

Thursday November 12, 2020 8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
 
Friday, November 13
 

8:00am EST

Age Appropriate Published Terms for Children
This panel will discuss a framework for developing age appropriate digital services for situations where users are children and youth. The impact of these future practices on industry will be discussed, with a focus on how vendors build solutions for children, and the role of public institutions and the educational sector.

Moderators
avatar for Baroness Beeban Kidron

Baroness Beeban Kidron

Founder and Chair, 5Rights
Baroness Beeban Kidron OBE is a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and an advocate for children’s rights in the digital world. Before entering the House of Lords, Kidron spent 30 years as a film director, making dramas including the BAFTA-winning Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rys Farthing

Rys Farthing

Director, 5Rights
Rys has worked for NGOs in Australia, the US and UK, with a focus on realising children and young people’s rights. She has been involved in a number of charity start-ups and complex restructures. She is a former academic and has held posts at the University of Oxford, and RMIT... Read More →
avatar for Alpesh Shah

Alpesh Shah

Senior Director of Global Business Strategy & Intelligence, IEEE Standards
Alpesh Shah serves as the Senior Director of Global Business Strategy & Intelligence at the IEEE Standards Association, where his focus is on organizational growth and advancements of ecosystems towards accelerated outcomes. Prior to joining the IEEE, Alpesh worked as a trusted advisor... Read More →
avatar for Ephraim Luwemba

Ephraim Luwemba

PhD Candidate, Horizon Center, University of Nottingham
Ephraim has a background in politics and philosophy (joint honours UG, and a postgraduate research degree in philosophy). His academic focuses prior to starting my PhD were in the areas of personal identity and in the political theory of the public realm (particularly Hannah Arendt... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am EST

10:00am EST

Election Security - Keynote Panel
The election may be over, but its shadow has a long tail. For the last year, election security has been a leading concern for governments and constituents. PIT practitioners have been right in the thick of it, working to stanch disinformation, protect voting infrastructure, and make the path to the polls easier. Today, our speakers will discuss the role of PIT in election security – what we’ve learned during this election cycle, and how we can use the information in the future.

Moderators
avatar for Maurice Turner

Maurice Turner

Election Security Expert
Maurice Turner is a recognized technologist and cybersecurity expert who regularly comments for television, print, and social media on issues relating to election security and election administration. He most recently served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director providing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robin Carnahan

Robin Carnahan

Fellow, Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation
Robin Carnahan is the former Secretary of State of Missouri and founded and led the State and Local Government Practice at 18F, a tech consultancy inside the US government General Services Administration. She’s a nationally recognized government technology leader and in 2017 was... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier

Fellow & Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government Fellow
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist.  He is the author of 14 books -- including the New York Times best-seller Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World -- as well as... Read More →
avatar for Richard DeMillo

Richard DeMillo

School of Cybersecurity and Privacy Interim Chair; Professor, Georgia Tech
Richard DeMillo is the Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Chair of Computer Science and Professor of Management at Georgia Tech. He founded and directs the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), Georgia Tech’s living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education. He... Read More →
avatar for Jake Braun

Jake Braun

Executive Director Cyber Policy Initiative, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
Jake Braun is Executive Director for the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy’s Cyber Policy Initiative where he works at the center of politics, technology and national security to advance the field of cyber policy. He is the author of Democracy in Danger: How Hackers... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 10:00am - 11:30am EST

11:30am EST

Standing Committee Meetings (Concurrent)
Gather standing PIT-UN Committees:
  • Governance
  • Membership
  • Communications

Friday November 13, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm EST

11:30am EST

Social and Environment Justice Panel
While Covid-19 brought most of America improvements in air quality, a return of species, fewer carbon emissions, the pandemic also brought to the forefront the fact that indigenous people and people of color are more likely to fall ill and die from the disease. As one educator states, “This increased risk is not incidental but is itself linked to cumulative environmental burdens that have compromised the immune systems and health of people living in communities often treated as sacrifice zones by our majority-white society.” During our panel, we will discuss how environmental social injustice goes deeper than just pollution and how public interested technology's intersection with environmental issues can bring justice and equality to all.

Moderators
avatar for Katina Michael

Katina Michael

Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, ASU
Katina Michael is a professor at Arizona State University, holding a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Computing, Informatics and Decisions Systems Engineering. She is also the director of the Society Policy Engineering Collective... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Darshan Karwat

Darshan Karwat

Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Darshan runs re-Engineered, an interdisciplinary group that embeds peace, social justice, and environmental protection in engineering. Passionate about creating an engineering profession that embeds the values of peace, social justice, and ecological holism at the very heart of engineering... Read More →
avatar for Kirk Jalbert

Kirk Jalbert

Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Kirk Jalbert is an assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society with a joint appointment in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at ASU. He is also a JPB Environmental Health Fellow with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of... Read More →
avatar for Traci L Morris

Traci L Morris

Executive Director American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI), Arizona State University
Her research and publications on Native American media and the digital divide is focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital and new media curriculums, and development of broadband networks in Indian Country.
avatar for Magali McDuffie

Magali McDuffie

Film Department Coordinator, SAE Creative Institute
Magali McDuffie, Filmmaker, PhD (Australian National University, 2019), Researcher, Educator, Watervale Award Recipient (2016), Graduate Certificate in Applied Anthropology (University of Western Australia, Perth), Masters of Film and Television (Bond University), Masters of Languages... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm EST

12:00pm EST

2020 Grantee Meeting
Gather 2020 grantees so that they can get to know each other and begin to form a learning community for the year.

Friday November 13, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST

12:00pm EST

PIT-UN Presidents and Provosts Meeting
Allow Presidents/Provosts/Funders to engage in a closed door conversation to discuss further funding needs for the field of PIT and future vision of the field on university campuses.

Friday November 13, 2020 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST

12:30pm EST

Working Group Meetings
Gather Career Pipeline and Placement Faculty and Institution Building working groups to set intentions for year 2.

Friday November 13, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST

12:30pm EST

Best Practice in PIT
When people talk about public interest technology, there’s often a disconnect. PIT is viewed as a technology rather than what it is: the adoption of human-centered design, product development, process re-engineering, and data science to solve public problems in an inclusive, iterative manner. Unless students understand that PIT is a philosophy, they can’t make it a part of their future career paths. In this panel our experts will discuss how to create courses and content that educates and engages students so they become true PIT practitioners. These will include core courses about: public interest technology principles, codesign in practice (building with people and not for people), technology assessment, public engagement strategies, participatory frameworks and more.

Moderators
avatar for Faheem Hussain

Faheem Hussain

Clinical Asst Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, ASU
Faheem Hussain is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS) at Arizona State University (ASU). He holds a Ph.D. and an M.S. degree in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining ASU, he worked as an... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh

Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh

President, Pivot for Humanity
Jumana Abu-Ghazaleh is the President of Pivot for Humanity, the organization founded in 2018 to professionalize the extractive, data-driven social tech industry and foster a responsible, ethical, and accountable internet. Pivot's goal is to compel an industry in crisis to adopt universal... Read More →
avatar for Robert Cook-Deegan

Robert Cook-Deegan

Professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University
Professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. He was also the founding director for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy in Duke’s Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy. Dr. Cook-Deegan is the author of The Gene Wars: Science,Politics, and... Read More →
avatar for Alexandrina Agloro

Alexandrina Agloro

Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Alexandrina Algoro is a media artist, community-based researcher, and doula who believes in the possibilities of the decolonial imaginary using ancestral technologies as liberatory tools. She specializes in interactive media skill building with young people of color.
avatar for Erik Fisher

Erik Fisher

Associate Professor Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University
Professor Fisher studies the politics and policy of science and technology, including the multi-level governance of emerging technologies from the lab to the legislature. He explores how interdisciplinary collaboration between scientific experts and “embedded humanists” can support... Read More →
avatar for Elisabeth Graffy

Elisabeth Graffy

Professor of Practice, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, ASU
She focuses particularly on issues undergoing disruptive change at the intersection of science, politics and culture. These include water, food and agriculture, energy and climate, and democratic decision-making. Her research explores and experiments with energy innovations that enhance... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST

1:30pm EST

Break
Friday November 13, 2020 1:30pm - 1:55pm EST

1:30pm EST

Graduate Student-led PIT
Today, some of the best PIT-centered work is launching from academia. Undergrad and graduate students are putting PIT into practice and making real change in the world. During this panel we will hear from five graduate students who are having success using PIT as their starting point. We will discuss: 
  • Why they decided to focus on PIT in their post-grad work
  • How they are working with people in the public and private sectors to gain experience and insights
  • What they learned pursuing their projects
  • What’s next for them when they complete their programs
  • Which tips or practices were most successful for them when they first got started

Moderators
avatar for Jameson Wetmore

Jameson Wetmore

Associate Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, ASU
Jameson Wetmore is Associate Director for Academic Programs at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. His work combines the fields of science and technology studies, ethics and public policy in order to better understand both the interconnected... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Toby Shulruff

Toby Shulruff

Senior Technology Safety Specialist, Arizona State University
Toby Shulruff (she/her) is a Senior Technology Safety Specialist at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, working at the intersection of technology and gender-based violence to analyze the impacts of technologies on individuals and communities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts... Read More →
avatar for Farah Najar Arevalo

Farah Najar Arevalo

Research Associate Center for Smart Cities, Arizona State University
Doctoral student at ASU School for the future of Innovation in Society. Topics of interest are Innovation in Global Development College of Global Futures
avatar for Salah Hamdoun

Salah Hamdoun

Graduate Research Assistant Future of Innov in Society, Arizona State University
Salah Hamdoun is a doctoral student in the Innovation in Global Development (IGD) Program at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society in the College of Global Futures at Arizona State University. His research interests lie in the area of financial inclusion, technology and... Read More →
avatar for Elma Hajric

Elma Hajric

NSF NRT Fellow: Citizen-Centered Smart Cities, Arizona State University
PhD candidate in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology interested in data governance (ownership, privacy and surveillance) of emerging technologies and smart cities.
avatar for Martín Pérez Comisso

Martín Pérez Comisso

Ph.D student in HSD Science and Technology., Arizona State University
PhD Student in Human and Social Dimension of Science and Technology focused on the interaction between science policy with sociotechnical systems. participative models of engagement, historical inquiries and interdisciplinary dialogues as research methodologies Science policy, Wikipedia... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm EST

2:00pm EST

CLOSED Provost & President Meeting
Friday November 13, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

2:00pm EST

2019 Grantees: Teaching PIT Through a Multidisciplinary Lens
Our 2019 grantees come from colleges and universities across the country; Their work is as diverse as their institutions are. In today’s introductory panel discussion we will address the disparate ways grantees are approaching the interdisciplinary nature of PIT training and education and hear about four projects that introduce theories and practices from different disciplines. 



Moderators
avatar for Deirdre K. Mulligan

Deirdre K. Mulligan

Professor , School of Information, University of California, Berkeley
Deirdre K. Mulligan is a Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley, a faculty Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, a co-organizer of the Algorithmic Fairness & Opacity Working Group, an affiliated faculty on the Hewlett funded Berkeley Center for Long-Term... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stacey	Dogan

Stacey Dogan

Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law
Professor Stacey Dogan is a leading scholar in intellectual property, competition, and technology law, who has been instrumental in building interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations in the areas of law, technology, and entrepreneurship. Her scholarship has explored... Read More →
avatar for Paul Ohm

Paul Ohm

Professor of Law, Georgetown University
Paul Ohm is a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He specializes in information privacy, computer crime law, intellectual property, and criminal procedure. He teaches courses in all of these topics and more and he serves as a faculty director for the Center on... Read More →
avatar for Lydia Chilton

Lydia Chilton

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Columbia University
Lydia Chilton is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University. She is an early pioneer in decomposing complex tasks so that crowds and computers can solve them together. Her current research is in computational design - how computation and AI can... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Goranson

Christopher Goranson

Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon
Chris Goranson is a distinguished service professor, teaching classes in GIS, data visualization, and at the intersection of design, innovation, and analytics. Chris has a range of experience in both city and the federal government. Most recently Chris was at 18F managing digital... Read More →
avatar for Mihir Kshirsagar

Mihir Kshirsagar

Technology Policy Clinic Director, Princeton
Mihir Kshirsagar runs Princeton CITP's first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary technology policy clinic that gives students and scholars an opportunity to engage directly in the policy process. Most recently, he served in the New York Attorney General’s Bureau of Internet & Technology... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

3:00pm EST

2019 Grantees: Creating a Responsive Government
As Cecilia Muñoz tells us, “When people see a direct link between technology and the solutions to complex public policy problems, we will really have accomplished something.” Public interest technology is poised to make big changes in governments -- both large and small. During our panel we will discuss how grantees are helping government entities solve some of the most pressing human and social problems and how other PIT practitioners can duplicate and expand their work locally.    

Moderators
avatar for Hana Schank

Hana Schank

Director of Strategy for Public Interest Technology, New America
Hana Schank is the Director of Strategy for Public Interest Technology at New America, where she works to develop the public interest technology field via research, storytelling and fostering connections. She founded and edits The Commons, a publication for people working in and around... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Labosier

Ashley Labosier

Adjunct Faculty, Pepperdine University
Ashley Labosier (MPP'09) is the executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership. She co-designed and serves as an instructor for the Professional Certificate in Advanced Public Engagement for Local Government, and teaches a graduate level class... Read More →
avatar for Larry Susskind

Larry Susskind

Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, MIT
Professor Susskind's research interests focus on the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution, the practice of public engagement in local decision-making, cybersecurity for critical urban infrastructure, entrepreneurial negotiation, global environmental treaty-making... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Little

Margaret Little

Director of Ethics Lab, Georgetown University
Dr. Little is Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown. Her research interests include issues in reproduction, clinical research ethics, data ethics, and the structure of moral theory.
avatar for Latanya Sweeney

Latanya Sweeney

Professor of Government and Technology in Residence, Harvard University
Professor Sweeney creates and uses technology to assess and solve societal, political and governance problems, and teaches others how to do the same. One focus area is data privacy, and she is the Director of the Data Privacy Lab in IQSS at Harvard. Professor Sweeney is an elected... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST

3:00pm EST

2019 Grantees: The Building Blocks of a PIT Career: PIT in Academia
It’s been long said that PIT is only part technology. Policy and practice are just as important. In addition, there’s not one way to enter the PIT career path -- or even one discipline. During this discussion we will highlight what universities and faculty need to understand and what the best ways are to push PIT forward and create the PIT practitioners of tomorrow.  

See overviews of grantees project here, then join us on Friday to learn more.

Moderators
avatar for Sylvester A. Johnson

Sylvester A. Johnson

Professor and Director of the Center for Humanities, Virginia Tech
Sylvester A. Johnson, the founding director of the Virginia Tech Center for Humanities, is a nationally recognized humanities scholar specializing in the study of technology, race, religion, and national security. He is also assistant vice provost for the humanities at Virginia Tech... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Eaves

David Eaves

Lecturer of Public Policy, Harvard University
David Eaves is a Lecturer of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School where he teaches on digital transformation in the public sector. Over the past year he has been the PI on a project that has pulled together faculty and practitioners from around the world to try to define the... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Berry

Christopher Berry

William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor, University of Chicago
Christopher R. Berry is the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and the College. He is the academic director of the Center for Municipal Finance. His research interests include metropolitan governance, the politics... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Zegura

Ellen Zegura

Regents and Fleming Professor, Georgia Tech
Dr. Ellen Zegura is Regents’ and Fleming Endowed Professor of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. She works in two primary areas, computer networking and computing for social good. In computer networking, she is known for her work on Internet topology tools and for inventing the message... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Boudreaux

Benjamin Boudreaux

Policy Researcher and Professor, RAND Corp
 Ben Boudreaux is a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a policy researcher at RAND working in the intersection of ethics, emerging technology, and international security. His current research focuses on ethical issues in artificial intelligence (including algorithmic... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 3:00pm - 4:00pm EST

3:00pm EST

Find & Apply: Navigating USAJOBS (PIT-UN Career Counselors)
For those interested in public service and wondering where to begin, the Partnership is hosting a webinar on the federal application process. This webinar will focus on the advantages of choosing a career in civil service, as well as finding and applying for opportunities in the federal government. Speakers will share tips on navigating USAJOBS.gov, searching for federal positions, creating a federal resume, submitting applications and more.

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Moore

Brittany Moore

Manager, Federal Workforce, " Partnership for Public Service"
Brittany manages internship and fellowship programs that inspire the next generation of leaders to serve in the federal government. She works with federal agencies to support the recruitment, selection and placement activities of these programs and helps to develop leadership and... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Amante

Michelle Amante

VP of Federal Workforce Programs, Partnership for Public Service
Michelle Amante currently serves as the Vice President of Federal Workforce Programs for the Partnership for Public Service.  In this role, she works with agencies to research and help find solutions to challenging human capital issues such as employee engagement, workforce planning... Read More →
avatar for Leia Washington

Leia Washington

Associate, Federal Workforce, " Partnership for Public Service"
Leia Washington supports the Partnership’s federal workforce efforts to engage universities and recruit the next generation of public servants. She also serves as a program coordinator for a cohort of federal leaders in the Excellence in Government Fellows program. Her interest... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 3:00pm - 4:30pm EST

4:00pm EST

2019 Grantees: Professional Development: Collaborating, Learning as a PIT Educator
Computer science. Philosophy. Law. Sociology. As an educator it’s fairly easy to find and share coursework and learning tools and strategies around these subjects and majors. Public interest technology? Not so much! In this panel we will learn about how our speakers approached creating scalable coursework and syllabi, and how can we foster collaboration with other educators at their own schools and externally, and how they continually evolve an evolving practice.

See overviews of grantees project here, then join us on Friday to learn more.

Moderators
avatar for Effie MacLachlan

Effie MacLachlan

Interim University Dean for Research, City University of New York
Effie MacLachlan is the Interim Assistant University Dean for Research Director in the CUNY Office of Research.  In her current role, she develops, administers, and assesses numerous internal funding programs and professional development initiatives for faculty and students to advance... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Margaret 	Darin Hagan

Margaret Darin Hagan

Director, Legal Design Lab and a lecturer at Stanford Institute of Design
Margaret Hagan is the Executive Director of the Legal Design Lab at Stanford University, as well as lecturer at the Law School and d.school. She is a lawyer, and holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, a DPhil from Queen’s University Belfast, an MA from Central European University... Read More →
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Kenneth Fleischmann

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Texas, Austin
Kenneth R. Fleischmann is a Professor in the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the Founding Chair of the Executive Team for Good Systems, a UT Grand Challenge and the Founding Director of Undergraduate Studies for the iSchool's B.A./B.S. in Informatics. His research and teaching focus on the ethics of AI and more broadly on the role of human values in the design and use of information technologies. His research has been funded by the... Read More →
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Mahmud Farooque

Associate Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Arizona State University
Mahmud Farooque is the Associate Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) and a Clinical Associate Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS) at Arizona State University. Mahmud’s work at the ASU Washington Center focuses on... Read More →
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Susan Imberman

, Associate Professor, City University of New York
Susan Imberman, a professor of Computer Science at the college, has taught here since 1986. She is known for her infusion of low platform intelligent robots into the computer science curriculum.


Friday November 13, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST

4:00pm EST

2019 Grantees: Real World PIT Applications for Students
Being hands-on is one of the best ways to learn a new skill and immerse yourself in a community. Most college and graduate students pursue internships and summer employment to gain practical knowledge and experience in their chosen fields. With PIT, however, this can be difficult since the discipline is still emerging and evolving. During our discussion we will outline some of the best ways to get students involved in PIT-related activities both in and out of academia to help them get a jump start on their career path.

See overviews of grantees project here, then join us onFriday to learn more.

Moderators
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Karen Bannan

Director of Communications, Public Interest Technology, New America
Karen Bannan is the director of communications for Public Interest Technology at New America. In her role, she is also the editor-in-chief of The Commons as well as PIT UNiverse.She comes to New America after spending nearly two decades writing, speaking about, and editing stories... Read More →

Speakers
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Kathleen M. Cumiskey

Professor, Academic Coordinator CSI-St. George, City University of New York
Kathleen M. Cumiskey is a Professor in the Psychology Department, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at CSI.  She is the co-director of the Mosaic Lab in Building 4S. Cumiskey’s research focuses on the affective dimensions of mobile media and mobile communication... Read More →
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Leslie Garvin

Senior Program Director, Cardinal Careers, Stanford University
Leslie Saul Garvin is Senior Director of the Cardinal Careers Program at Stanford's Haas Center for Public Service. Her team's mission is to make public service careers more visible, valued and accessible to Stanford students.Before coming to Stanford, Leslie worked for many years... Read More →
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Erhardt Graeff

Assistant Professor of Social and Computer Science, Olin College
Erhardt Graeff is an educator, social scientist, and public interest technologist. He works on the design and use of technology for civic engagement, civic learning, and social justice, and the ethical responsibility of technologists as stewards of democracy. His current research... Read More →
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Gregory Johnson

Founder and Program Director, Code for South, Miami Dade College
Gregory Johnson is a Civic Technologist, Philanthropist, and Businessman with 8 years of experience in the technology space working with early to growth-stage companies. His work focuses on making cities better through technology and data. Currently, he works at Microsoft team-l... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST

4:00pm EST

Coding It Forward - First Act Fund Winners (Student Panel)
Public interest technology is not limited to existing institutions in academia, government, and civil society. Hear from student public interest entrepreneurs supported by Coding it Forward's First Act Fund about the innovative products, services, and organizations they've created to have an impact in their communities through technology.

Moderators
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Chris Kuang

Co-Founder & Director of Operations, Coding it Forward
As Co-Founder and Director of Operations, Chris has led Coding it Forward’s growth and strategy since its inception through partnerships with leading federal agencies, mission-aligned organizations, and philanthropic partners.Chris has also worked as a Research Assistant for the... Read More →

Speakers
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Devshi Mehrotra

CEO, JusticeText
Over the course of the past four years, Devshi served as the Executive Director of compileHer, a computer science education outreach organization which engaged hundreds of young female students in Chicago annually through conferences, workshops, and field trips. She piloted the creation... Read More →
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Yulkendy Valdez

Co-Founder and CEO, Forefront
Yulkendy is a tech entrepreneur, social justice advocate, and public speaker. As the Co-Founder and CEO of Forefront, she helps employers, schools, and youth nonprofits prepare the next generation of the workforce through their modern technology. She is a proud alumni of Babson College... Read More →
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Bindi Nagda

Founder, EarlyByrd
Bindi is an engineer, entrepreneur and PhD student at Florida Tech. She is from Kenya and is excited to be working in the women's healthcare space. Her research experience in computational biology inspired her to found EarlyByrd, an early-stage biotech venture. At EarlyByrd, she is... Read More →
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Vanessa Castañeda Gill

CEO and Co-Founder, Social Cipher
It's Vanessa Castañeda Gill's mission to unite her passions for art and stories in innovative ways that help people. Learning from her experiences growing up on the autism spectrum, she founded Social Cipher: a social-emotional learning platform that connects neurodivergent youth... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST

5:00pm EST

Becoming a PIT-UN Member
Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) is a partnership that unites colleges and universities committed to building the nascent field of public interest technology and growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists. Today, there are 36 universities who make up the current PIT-UN membership, each of which has access to resources that help them build the field of public interest technology on their campuses. They also gain access to curricula and faculty development, help with developing experiential learning opportunities, the ability to support graduates who pursue careers working in PIT, and more.
During today’s discussion we’ll hear about the benefits of the PIT-UN and discuss how other colleges and universities can join during the current application period. 

Speakers
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Eric T. Meyer

School of Information Dean, PITUN Membership Committee Chair, University of Texas
Eric T. Meyer is Dean and the Mary R. Boyvey Chair and Louis T. Yule Regents Professor at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.


Friday November 13, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST

5:00pm EST

Career Pathways in PIT (Student Focused)
An interactive session for students and early-career professionals to understand different pathways in PIT and how PIT can fit into their own career goals.

Speakers
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Arla Sutton

Student, StudentOlin College of Engineering
Arla Sutton (she/her) is a first year (Class of 2024) at Olin College of Engineering and a new member of Olin's PInT Project Team. She's passionate about sustainability and connecting engineering to real people and real issues. Outside of PInT, Arla spends her time on long walks... Read More →
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Ivy Li

Designer and researcher, Impactful
Ivy Li is a designer and researcher for Impactful, a platform that connects students and early-career individuals with opportunities in public interest technology (PIT). Her work at Impactful encompasses UI/UX design, outreach, and career pipeline research. She has previously worked... Read More →
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Emma Pan

Student, Olin College of Engineering
Emma Pan (she/her) is a public interest technologist, software engineer, and artist. Currently, she is a student at Olin College of Engineering, graduating in Spring 2021. She is one of the cofounders of PInT, Olin's PIT Project team, which received funding from the PIT-UN to create... Read More →
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Samantha Coleman

Software Engineer, Olin College of Engineering
Sam Coleman (she/her) is a public interest technologist and software engineer at Olin College of Engineering, graduating in Spring 2023. She is involved in PInT, Olin's PIT Project team, as an organizer and a member of the assistive and adaptive technology sub-team. Within PInT, she... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST

5:00pm EST

Embedding Humanistic Values in STEM Education
Dr Lawrence Ragan will moderate a panel on humanistic values in STEM education. Ariel Anbar and Punya Mishra will discuss the state of play in STEM and the fact that we are underprepared at multiple levels for the economic, environmental, and societal disruptions that accompany the advance of global civilization and technology. With the assistance of Richard Pitt, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California San Diego, the panel will ask the question whether humanistic knowledge of values is what will remedy this problem and Roba Abbas, Lecturer in Digital Business will discuss engaging students in the research-teaching nexus, to ensure learning-by-doing. Humanistic knowledge includes attributes that provide a learner with a vision and narrative of the self within social contexts, scaling from local to global.

Moderators
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Lawrence Ragan

CEO, Ragan Education
Dr. Ragan formed Ragan Education LLC. after he left Penn State University after serving in a variety of leadership positions over his 34-year career in higher education. Dr. Ragan was a part of the creation and management of Penn State's World Campus since its inception in 1998. Dr... Read More →

Speakers
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Roba Abbas

Lecturer, School of Management, Operations and Marketing , University of Wollongong
Roba Abbas is a Lecturer with the School of Management and Marketing in the Faculty of Business and Law, at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She has a PhD in location-based services regulation and has received internationally competitive and local grants for research addressing... Read More →
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Ariel Anbar

School Of Earth and Space Exploration, ASU, President's Professor
Ariel Anbar is a science and education innovator exploring Earth's past and future as an inhabited world, and the prospects for life beyond. In science, Anbar and his team have published over 160 refereed papers on topics ranging from the origins of Earth’s atmosphere to detecting... Read More →
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Punya Mishra

Associate Dean of Scholarship and Innovation, Arizona State University
Punya Mishra is associate dean of scholarship and innovation and professor in the division of educational leadership and innovation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. He is also an affiliate faculty with the Herberger Institute for Design and the... Read More →
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Richard Pitt

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California San Diego
Dr. Pitt is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California San Diego. Prior to joining the UCSD faculty, he was faculty at Vanderbilt University where he had also served a three-year stint as the inaugural director of Vanderbilt’s Office to Enhance Diversity... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST

6:00pm EST

PIT Vocation: Creating an Antiracist Future
People explore the intersection of technology, racial equity, and social justice within Public Interest Technology (PIT). This panel will explore what it means to adopt an explicitly antiracist framework to inform researchers and practitioners in PIT. This will be a free-flowing conversation to close out a virtual convening, which challenges us to be stewards of each other and our world.This panel will explore what it means to adopt an explicitly antiracist framework to inform researchers and practitioners in Public Interest Technology (PIT)  and examine how the intersection of technology, racial equity, and social justice within PIT can shape society. This will be a free-flowing conversation that challenges us to be stewards of each other and our world. It will close out our virtual convening,  

Moderators
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Robert C. Hampshire

Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan
Robert C. Hampshire is an associate professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. His unique blend of engineering systems research and data science with public policy has made him a leader in not only transportation research, but also on the disparate impact of policy decisions... Read More →

Speakers
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Jessica Simes

Associate Director, Center for Antiracist Research, Boston University
Jessica T. Simes, an assistant professor of sociology at Boston University, is associate director of research at the BU Center for Antiracist Research. Her work contributes to sociological research on racial inequality, mass incarceration, the conditions of prison confinement, and... Read More →
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Mutale Nkonde

CEO, AI for the People
Mutale Nkonde is the founding CEO of AI For the People (AFP) a non profit communications agency which aims to eliminate the under-representation of black professionals in the American technology sector by 2030. Prior to this Nkonde worked in AI Governance. During that time she was... Read More →
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Fallon Wilson

Co-Founder, BlackTechFutures Research Institute
Dr. Fallon Wilson is the Co-Founder of #BlackTechFutures Research Institute and the former Research Director of Black Tech Mecca. Recently, she was awarded a Kauffman Foundation's Open Knowledge grant to launch #BlackTechFutures Research Institute. She is a member of the Federal... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm EST

7:00pm EST

Celebration/Conclusion
Join poets Franny Choi & Jose Olivarez as they help us create new worlds and reimagine our relationship to technology through poetry. We will close out the PIT-UN 2020 Virtual Convening with music from DJ Derron and key reflections from New America's Karen Bannon and Andreen Soley, Director, PIT-UN.

Moderators
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Karen Bannan

Director of Communications, Public Interest Technology, New America
Karen Bannan is the director of communications for Public Interest Technology at New America. In her role, she is also the editor-in-chief of The Commons as well as PIT UNiverse.She comes to New America after spending nearly two decades writing, speaking about, and editing stories... Read More →

Speakers
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José Olivarez

Poet and Author
José Olivarez is the son of Mexican immigrants and the author of the book of poems, Citizen Illegal a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by NPR and the New York Public Library. In 2018... Read More →
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Franny Choi

Poet and Author
Franny Choi is a writer of poems, essays, and plays. She is the author of two poetry collections, Soft Science (Alice James Books) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing), as well as a chapbook, Death by Sex Machine (Sibling Rivalry Press). She is a Kundiman Fellow... Read More →


Friday November 13, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST