White House launches second round of innovation fellowships

New year. New fellows. New projects.

The White House is accepting applications for the second round of Presidential Innovation Fellows who will work on projects centering on disaster recovery, cybersecurity, financial systems and innovation, along with continuing the open data projects of the initial fellows.

“We are looking for incredibly talented, entrepreneurial people from a diverse array of backgrounds and with a wide range of experiences,” U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel and Chief Technology Officer Todd Park wrote in a blog post on


They continued, “Many of the Fellowship roles require coding and other tech skills, but not all do. We are also looking for gifted and accomplished change agents with skills in user experience design, product management, project management, business development, operations reengineering, and more.  In a nutshell, we are looking for people who can help make big things happen rapidly to advance the public good.”

The Presidential Innovation Fellows program launched last year and recruited top innovators and entrepreneurs from the private sector for six to 12 month fellowships in government.

The new projects are as follow:

  • Disaster Response and Recovery will collaboratively build and “pre-position” critical tech tools ahead of future emergencies or natural disasters in order to mitigate economic damage and save lives.
  • Cyber-Physical Systems will work with government and industry to create standards for a new generation of inter operable, dynamic, and efficient “smart systems”—an “industrial Internet”—that combines distributed sensing, control, and data analytics to help grow the economy and new high-value American jobs.
  • 21st Century Financial Systems will work to move the financial accounting systems of Federal agencies out of the era of large-scale, agency-specific implementations to one that favors more nimble, modular, scalable, and cost-effective approaches.
  • Innovation Toolkit will develop a suite of tools that empowers our Federal workforce to respond to national priorities more quickly and more efficiently.
  • Development Innovation Ventures will help enable the US government to identify, test, and scale breakthrough solutions to the world’s toughest problems.

Apply here.

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