About the Summit:
On November 11th at DCWEEK, Microsoft will host a National Piggy Bank (@hamstrong) Summit with 100 members of the community - a class of DCWEEK Fellows. At this three-hour event from 9am-12pm, participants will discuss the state of America in the world today, the role of science, technology, and innovation in American competitiveness, specific ideas about government, education, healthcare, and other core topics, and the potential of the National Piggy Bank as a platform for civic participation.
The United States is at a great crossroads. Many of our economic and social indicators are headed in the wrong direction at the same time we are more in debt than ever and are seeing new international threats to our dominance as a superpower. Nevertheless, the U.S. is still an incredible producer of science and technological research and development and a source of inspiration to inventors around the world.
In the near future, science, technology, and innovation will play a critical role in determining whether we can eliminate redundant processes in the public sector, save taxpayer dollars, improve public services, make our education and health more globally competitive, scale local successes across cities and states, taking better care of our environment, and more. Microsoft has developed the National Piggy Bank as a social platform for discussing these issues and conversing about how to act on good ideas. Currently in beta, DCWEEK attendees are invited to create an account and “deposit” their ideas or comment on those of others.