Published on September 18th, 2014 | by Daniel Castro

Creating Value from Government Data: The Next Wave of Data-Driven Innovation

Data-driven innovation represents an enormous opportunity for government agencies to become more efficient and effective. Using data and analytics, agencies can make smarter decisions, deliver higher-value services, and increase their productivity. In addition, the data revolution is unlocking new possibilities for government agencies to create economic opportunities through collaborations with the private sector. For example, as a recent report issued by the U.S. Commerce Department showed, their bureaus have released data sets that have created billions of dollars in economic value and have helped entrepreneurs identify new markets, evaluate their competition, and make hiring decisions.

Collaborating across government agencies and the private sector is no simple task, but it is a necessary one if the promises of big data are to be realized. Join the Center for Data Innovation for a conversation with experts from government, industry, and civil society, about how policymakers should help guide the coming wave of data-driven innovation.

Opening Remarks:

  • Sen. Mark Warner, U.S. Senator, Virginia


  • Steven Adler, Chief Information Strategist, IBM
  • Daniel Castro, Director, Center for Data Innovation
  • Dr. Mark Doms, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Kathleen Philips, Chief Operating Officer, Zillow
  • Tom Schenk Jr., Chief Data Officer, City of Chicago

Date and Time:

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT


  • The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (SVC-215), First St SE, Washington, DC 20515


About the Author

Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including data, privacy, security, intellectual property, internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mr. Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.Mr. Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In addition, Mr. Castro was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools. He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to Top ↑

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons