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Sprints

Learn about sprints and how we tackle national challenges.

Sprints are 12-week product development cycles that bring together tech teams and collaborators to build public-facing digital products using open data.

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Problem Statement

Tracking Impact of Disaster and Emergency Funding

Challenge:

Create digital tools and resources to track federal financial assistance award spending starting from Federal awards and flowing down to state and/or local spend in response to one or more emergencies and disasters (e.g., COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other disasters)

Agency

Office of Management and Budget

Target Audience

American public, researchers, engaged citizens, state/local communities, rural or tribal communities, grant/loan recipients, small businesses, managers of disaster funds, appropriators

Problem Statement

Economic Self-Sufficiency for Low-Income Families

Challenge:

Create digital collaboration platforms that enable low income families to holistically assess their needs and connect with the best federal, state and local programs to equip and empower them toward self-sufficiency and economic mobility.

Agency

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Target Audience

Low to moderate income heads of households; case managers; guidance counselors; life coaches; community and ministry leaders; service providers; philanthropic organizations; federal, state and local government service program managers, policy makers, legislators.

Problem Statement

Aiding Agricultural Decision-Making

Challenge:

Create digital tools that provide farmers, ranchers, and researchers with timely access to National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) data to help them make important agricultural and planning decisions.

Agency

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Target Audience

Farmers, ranchers, engaged citizens, rural or tribal communities, emergency managers, state and local government, federal agencies, university researchers.

Problem Statement

Reducing Plastic Pollution in Oceans

Challenge:

Create open data sets and engaging digital tools that complement existing citizen science plastics data, to help the public understand the amount of plastic on local beaches and in the ocean, where such plastic comes from, and actions that can be taken to alleviate the problem.

Agency

U.S. Department of State, The Wilson Center

Target Audience

Engaged citizens passionate about reducing plastic pollution, rural or tribal communities, as well as policymakers, advocates, and researchers

Problem Statement

Developing Markets for Recycled Materials

Challenge:

Develop innovative digital solutions that connect domestic recycling facilities with manufacturers to enhance recycling markets and increase the use of recycled materials.

Agency

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Target Audience

U.S. recycling facilities and manufacturers looking to produce, sell, and buy quality recycled materials; rural or tribal communities; organizations and state and local governments striving to improve their recycling facilities and infrastructure.

Problem Statement

Assisting Recently Resettled Refugees

Challenge:

Create a tool that connects resettled refugees with resources and vital services, such as access to medical care and mental health treatment, English language learning, job training, education, etc. These resources might be available through government agencies, nonprofits, community based organizations, private sector actors and the like.

Agency

USA for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Target Audience

Resettled refugees in the United States, nonprofits that provide help to refugees

Problem Statement

Facilitating Sustainable Rural Economic Development

Challenge:

Create digital tools that help rural communities access and use data to implement solutions to economic, environmental, and human health challenges, taking care to reach places that have limited professional capacity and small budgets.

Agency

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Target Audience

Local officials or other local decision makers; regional planning groups; rural or tribal communities; communities that have been impacted by recent pandemic outfall, loss of key industry, and/or extreme weather events are suggested.

Problem Statement

Increasing Awareness of Emissions’ Effects on Air Quality

Challenge:

Create tools to help communities understand how motorized vehicle and equipment transportation contributes to emissions, local air quality, and health, as well as the actions available to lessen these impacts.

Product Outcome

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Agency

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Target Audience

Engaged citizens and the general public, especially those at higher risk for respiratory illnesses (e.g., individuals over 65, children, those with respiratory ailments), urban populations and communities (e.g., high transportation traffic areas), rural or tribal communities, and motorized vehicles users.