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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

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

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

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

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.