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Save the Date: TOP Summit 2023 is February 22 - 24

Use government data to build digital tools with, by, and for the people.

The Opportunity Project is a program of the Census Open Innovation Labs at the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Use TOP at Your Agency to Solve the Nation's Toughest Challenges

The Opportunity Project (TOP) offers a framework for agencies to facilitate collaboration between technologists and community advocates in order to rapidly design digital solutions for the public good.

Explore how agencies have used TOP to address national challenges:

The State Department & The Wilson Center Worked to Reduce Plastic Waste in Oceans

Solutions Included

Ocean Plastics Story Map, Esri: storytelling with newly compiled data sets to provide new insights and solutions to the problem of ocean plastic pollution

Georgetown University Campus Plastic Initiative, Georgetown University Beeck Center: tracking plastic pollution on college campuses and educating students on its impact

The Ghost Gear Project, Harvard University Institute of Politics: visualizing the location of ghost fishing gear in our oceans with accompanying mitigation techniques

Lasting Impact

The Campus Plastic Initiative product resulted in the creation of a Georgetown student organization and greater emphasis on recycling and reduction of plastic pollution on campus

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How Does TOP Work?

Government and/or community organizations lead sprints and identify pressing, public-facing issues.

Government agencies recruit technologists, community leaders, and data experts to participate in a 12-week sprint challenge.

Tech teams create products and tools based on community feedback. User research and exploration are important steps during this process. Tech teams include industry start-ups, technologists from outside the government, and university students.

Learn more about the TOP process.

How to Get Started

We can help your organization identify the next steps to facilitate a successful TOP sprint. If your agency is interested in using the TOP framework to address national challenges, please complete this form to get started. A member of the Census Open Innovation Labs (COIL) team will be in touch within one week.

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Our Vision

We envision a future in which every federal agency uses the TOP model. We’re empowering you with the tools you need to lead open innovation.

Our Impact

40+ National Challenges

addressed, including ocean plastic pollution, COVID-19 economic recovery, disaster response, and more

135+ Public-Facing Digital Products

launched since 2016 through TOP’s 12-week technology development sprints

1300+ Alumni

participated in TOP sprints, including developers, designers, community leaders, data & policy experts, students, and government agencies

Past Participants

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