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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

Building Community and Individual Climate Resilience

Challenge:

Create data-driven tools to help state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers, elected officials, and members of the public visualize both the risks of climate change to their communities and the impacts of implementing mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Agency

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Target Audience

State, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers and elected officials, as well as city planners, transportation officials, public health authorities, individuals, households, NGOs serving them, others involved in planning

Problem Statement

Developing Community-Informed National-Level Indicators of Well-Being

Challenge:

Use existing well-being frameworks, along with input from people with lived experience and federal data, to create national-level indicator(s) of well-being that better capture individuals’ and families’ overall sense of economic stability, economic opportunity, health, dignity, agency, and community.

Agency

U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of the Treasury, New America

Target Audience

Federal, state, tribal, and local policymakers; communities interested in aligning public spending and policymaking priorities with contributors to well-being.

Problem Statement

Helping Communities Access Infrastructure Grant Funding

Challenge:

Create digital tools that use open data to help state, local, tribal, and territorial governments navigate potential grant opportunities enabled by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and other major initiatives to optimize the use of their limited staff resources and enable them to better plan for upcoming opportunities.

Agency

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, U.S. Department of Commerce

Target Audience

Lower-resourced state, local, tribal, and territorial governments seeking competitive Federal grant funding. Specific examples of offices/users include mayoral offices, community leaders, tribal leaders, county administrators, and state agency representatives.

Problem Statement

Enhancing Children’s Resilience to Adversity in Puerto Rico

Challenge:

Supporting children’s resilience – their ability to bounce back in the face of adversity – is critical to their wellbeing, including by helping avoid long-term negative mental health outcomes. Create tools and resources designed specifically for Puerto Rican children and youth that promote resilience, such as by addressing mental health stigma.

Agency

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Instituto del Desarrollo de la Juventud

Target Audience

Children and youth, parents, educators, community-based organizations, and other service providers in Puerto Rico.

Problem Statement

Supporting Island Communities’ Transition to Renewable Energy

Challenge:

Help American island communities such as Puerto Rico transition to a resilient grid powered 100% by renewable energy, by creating digital tools that use federal open data to assist city planners, developers of energy solutions, and local leaders to achieve their communities’ renewable energy goals.

Agency

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Target Audience

City planners, developers, community leaders, engaged citizens

Problem Statement

Transforming Local Addressing Systems in Puerto Rico

Challenge:

Develop awareness campaigns, guidelines, tools, and solutions to local addressing and geolocation challenges in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, especially within vulnerable communities (i.e. those disproportionately affected during a natural disaster or emergency situation due to accessibility, demographic characteristics, historic vulnerabilities, and/or socio-economic inequities).

Agency

U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Target Audience

Tribal, federal, state, and municipal government leaders; mail delivery stakeholders; community members; advocates; first responders in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

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