We The Geeks: White House LGBTQ Tech & Innovation Summit Demo

Join us here on Thursday, December 3 at 2pm ET for the White House LGBTQ Tech & Innovation Summit Demo. In August of this year, the White House hosted the second annual LGBTQ Tech & Innovation Summit, which brought together over 170 LGBTQ-identified coders, designers, and tech community organizers from across the country to address some of the nation’s toughest challenges using technology solutions. Since the Summit, teams have been working on issues around criminal justice reform, transgender inclusivity, climate, and employment diversity, and on Thursday will present what innovative solutions they’ve created.

The live discussion will be moderated by Megan Smith, the U.S. Chief Technology Officer. Special guests will include:
Courtney Wilburn, Developer, O3world 
Cynthia Yeung, Director of Product Partnerships and Operations, CheckMate
Angelica Ross , CEO, TransTech Social Enterprises
Nikki Murray, Software Engineer, Social Driver
Kendra Clarke, Director of Data Science and Analytics, iCrossing
#TransNeeds  Team

Got comments or questions? Ask them using the hashtag #WHLGBTQTech on Twitter and on Google+, and we’ll answer some of them during the live Hangout.

Find out more and watch live at go.wh.gov/wethegeeks.

#BackToTheFutureDay: Understanding the Human Brain

It’s an important day in American history (or, at least, in American cinematic history): It’s the date to which Marty McFly traveled into the “future” in Back to the Future Part II.

We’ve come a long way in the 30 years that have passed since the original Back to the Future came out. Now, we’re going to talk about where we’re going in the next 30. 

All day long, we’re hosting a series of conversations with scientists and innovators across the government and the country. You’ll be able to ask them questions, watch videos explaining their cutting-edge developments, and share your answer to the question above: What does 2045 look like?

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At 1:00pm ET, we’re holding a  Google+ Hangout on understanding the human brain featuring:
-OSTP Assistant Director for Neuroscience and Mental Health Monica Basco
-OSTP Senior Policy Advisor Knatokie Ford
-OSTP Assistant Director for Defense Programs (and Neurophysicist) Chris Fall
-Karl Deisseroth M.D., Ph.D., the D.H. Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University
-Kevin Pearce, Snowboarder and BRAIN initiative activist
-Dr. Julie Brefczynksi-Lewis, Research Assistant Professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine

Tune in to watch right here on Google+ or at http://go.wh.gov/bttfd.

#BackToTheFutureDay: Time Travel

It’s an important day in American history (or, at least, in American cinematic history): It’s the date to which Marty McFly traveled into the “future” in Back to the Future Part II.

We’ve come a long way in the 30 years that have passed since the original Back to the Future came out. Now, we’re going to talk about where we’re going in the next 30. 

All day long, we’re hosting a series of conversations with scientists and innovators across the government and the country. You’ll be able to ask them questions, watch videos explaining their cutting-edge developments, and share your answer to the question above: What does 2045 look like?

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At 9:30am ET, we’re holding a  Google+ Hangout on time travel featuring:
-OSTP Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation Tom Kalil
-Professor Tim Ralph of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia
-Mr. Martin Ringbauer, a PhD student at the University of Queensland

Tune in to watch right here on Google+ or at http://go.wh.gov/bttfd.

Somos Geeks: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Join us here on Thursday, October 15 at 3:00 pm ET for “Somos Geeks: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.” Some of the Nation’s Hispanic STEM innovators and STEM-education advocates will share their inspiring personal stories and thoughts on how we can all step up to help strengthen America’s STEM-skilled workforce by making it broader and more diverse. 

The live discussion will be moderated by Knatokie Ford, Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Special guests will include:
Serena Auñón, Astronaut, NASA Johnson Space Center
Idaykis Rodriguez, Postdoctoral Researcher, Physics Education Research Group, Florida International University
Jessica Santana, Co-founder, New York on Tech
Oscar Vazquez, First Line Supervisor–Locomotive Repair Foreman, BNSF Railroad

Got comments or questions? Ask them using the hashtag #WeTheGeeks on Twitter and on Google+, and we’ll answer some of them during the live Hangout. 

Find out more and watch live at go.wh.gov/wethegeeks.

Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in Vulnerable Communities

On July 15 at 2pm EDT, the White House will hold a Google+ Hangout to discuss the important role that community service can play in helping vulnerable communities become more resilient in the face of a changing climate.  The event will feature speakers from the Administration, The Rockefeller Foundation, Cities of Service, and community leaders engaged in building on-the-ground resilience.  Members of the public are encouraged to ask the participants questions during the livestreamed conversation using #ActOnClimate.

We The Geeks: Made With Pride

To recognize the accomplishments of makers and LGBT people in tech, we’ll be hosting our latest episode of We The Geeks, a series of Google+ Hangouts highlighting the future of science, technology, and innovation here in the United States. Hear from some amazing innovators and join us for “We The Geeks: Made With Pride” on Wednesday, June 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET. http://go.wh.gov/pEujaF

Got questions? Ask them using the hashtag #WeTheGeeks , and we’ll answer some of them during the live hangout.

We the Geeks: Journey to Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons mission launched into space in 2006 and has been en route to Pluto for nine years. In July 2015, it will reach its destination, billions of miles away, for the first-ever close view of the dwarf planet and its moons. 

Looking ahead to this exciting close encounter, the White House will host “We the Geeks: Journey to Pluto” tomorrow, April 9 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. We’ll talk to experts from NASA’s New Horizons team to learn about the mission and the exciting discoveries scientists hope to make about Pluto. 

Got questions? Ask them using the hashtag #WeTheGeeks on Twitter and on Google+ and we’ll answer some of them during the live hangout.

Telling the Untold Stories of African Americans in STEM

This Wednesday at 2:00pm ET, the White House is bringing back “We the Geeks” with a new episode on the Stories of African Americans in STEM. Tune in to this Google+ Hangout to hear from extraordinary (and extraordinarily geeky) students, scientists, engineers, and inventors, about how they got inspired to pursue STEM and how they are paying it forward to help engage America’s full and diverse STEM talent pool. You’ll even have an opportunity to ask the panelists questions and share your own personal stories on Twitter using #WeTheGeeks.

We the Geeks: Miss America

Join us Wednesday, September 17th at 3:00 p.m. ET for a special #WeTheGeeks to highlight women and girls in STEM fields with the +Miss America Organization. Hear from the Miss America STEM scholarship winners as they share their stories from crowns to classrooms, personal role models, and advice for the next generation of women in #STEM  → http://wh.gov/ilixP

Got a question? Post it right here on Google+ or tweet it with #WeTheGeeks .

We the Geeks: SUBMERGED!

To celebrate the end of National Oceans Month and one year of progress on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the White House and the Weather Channel will host “We the Geeks: SUBMERGED!” this Wednesday, June 25, at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Pioneers of ocean exploration and experts on weather and climate science — including one who will participate from the ocean floor — will join forces on this Google+ Hangout to discuss the importance of oceans to our way of life, the potential unlocked secrets held in the depths of our oceans, and how oceans both contribute to and are impacted by climate change and weather patterns. The all-star line-up will include:

-Sam Champion, Host, The Weather Channel
-Fabien Cousteau, Ocean Explorer, Film Producer, and Mission 31 Leader, will join from an underwater marine habitat off the coast of the Florida Keys
-Sylvia Earle, Marine Biologist, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
-Carl Parker, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
-2014 National Ocean Sciences Bowl Championship Team, Boise High School
-Beth Kerttula, Director, National Ocean Council
-Laura Petes, Senior Policy Advisor, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
-“Ocean Cam,” live underwater feed from Aquarius underwater habitat

Participants will share what scientists know about how climate change is causing sea levels and ocean temperatures to rise, the impacts of ocean acidification, and how oceans are a critical engine of the climate and weather we experience above the surface.

#WeTheGeeks   #ActOnClimate