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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Census Bureau Unveils New Data Tools and Apps at Technology Demo Day

Press Release Number CB19-187


The U.S. Census Bureau will showcase 15 new innovative projects at a technology demonstration day created through a federal initiative called The Opportunity Project (TOP). These new digital products highlight how the Census Bureau is leading open data innovation across the government to address challenges like investing in the workforce, catalyzing investment in communities, and kickstarting an innovative economy in places across the country.  The resulting products also support the 2020 Census by creatively engaging hard-to-count populations, bridging the digital divide, promoting digital literacy, and helping to promote 2020 Census jobs.

TOP is a collaborative effort between government agencies, technology companies and nongovernment organizations to translate open data into user-friendly tools that solve real world problems for families, communities and businesses nationwide.

This year’s event focuses on two themes, “Investing in the American Workforce” and “Innovating the 2020 Census.” To date, more than 15 federal agencies and more than 100 technology companies have come together with universities, local communities and experts to develop solutions that improve access to economic opportunity and solve problems for people using open data and technology. The Census Bureau continues to lead innovation in working with the public and improving access to data through collaboration.

The event will include lightning talks, keynotes from senior administration officials and grassroots leaders, and a two-hour live demonstration expo during which participants can test the new technologies and interact with the teams that designed them.

At this demo day, the fifth in TOP’s history, the Census Bureau will announce the winners of the first ever TOP prize challenge, which will award up to $100,000 to the most promising and effective uses of open data.


Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019
12-5 p.m. EST


U.S. Census Bureau Auditorium
4600 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, Md. 20746


Ron Jarmin, deputy director and chief operating officer, U.S. Census Bureau

Margaret Weichert, deputy director for management, Office of Management and Budget 

Chris Liddell, White House deputy chief of staff for Policy Coordination

Denice Ross, fellow-in-residence, Georgetown Beeck Center

Scott Turner, Executive Director, White House Opportunity & Revitalization Council

Mandy Price, CEO and co-founder, Kanarys


To RSVP for the event, please contact the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office at <pio@census.gov> or call 301-763-3030 by Dec. 5.


The event will be live streamed from 12-3:45 p.m. EST. To view the event online, visit the Census Live page at <www.census.gov/newsroom/census-live.html>.



Mike Friedrich
Public Information Office



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