By Jueseppi B.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” Fireside Hangout
Published on Feb 28, 2013
On March 4th, at 11:10am ET, First Lady Michelle Obama will join a Fireside Hangout on Google+, hosted by Kelly Ripa. To join in, visithttp://goo.gl/2SmKY
Three years ago, the First Lady launched the Let’s Move! initiative to unite the country around our kids’ health and create real support for families to live healthier lives. Since then communities across the United States have worked together to share, collaborate on and create ways to improve the health of our nation’s children. This year, the First Lady is using Google+ to celebrate the anniversary of Let’s Move! and to connect with communities on Google+ who are passionate about healthy eating, fitness and parenting.
Photo of the Day: A Phone Call in the Oval Office
President Barack Obama talks on the phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russia in the Oval Office, March 1, 2013. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken listen at right. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
In Case You Missed It
Here are some of the top stories from the White House blog:
Weekly Address: Congress Must Compromise to Stop the Impact of the Sequester
Because Republicans in Congress refused to compromise to close tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans, hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose their jobs or see their paycheck reduced, and middle class families will be hurt.
Join First Lady Michelle Obama in Google+ Hangout about Let’s Move! on Monday
Today, March 4th at 11:10 a.m. ET, the Let’s Move! third anniversary celebration continues, as the First Lady joins her first ever Google+ Hangout.
Looking Back at the White House Hackathon
On February 22nd, we held a hackathon where participants built tools based on the new API for We the People, the White House petitions system.
All times are Eastern Standard Time (EST).
9:30 AM: The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing.
10:15 AM: The President makes a personnel announcement.
President Obama will announce Monday he has selected Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency and MIT physics professor Ernest Moniz to head the Energy Department …. the President is also scheduled to announce he has selected Walmart Foundation President Sylvia Mathews Burwell as head of the Office of Management and Budget.
10:15 AM: The Vice President delivers remarks at the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee 2013 Policy Conference.
12:00 PM: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney.
1:00 PM: The President holds a Cabinet Meeting; the Vice President also attends.
Congress works 126 days out of 365. Thats 239 days off, BUT Congress GETS PAID FOR 365 DAYS. Cut the budget by repealing BOTH Houses Of Congress work schedule. Pay should be for the work you do, NOT the work you DON’T DO.
Washington Post: In Florida, President Obama has nominated the first openly gay black man to sit on a federal district court. In New York, he has nominated the first Asian American lesbian. And his pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit? The first South Asian.
Reelected with strong support from women, ethnic minorities and gays, Obama is moving quickly to change the face of the federal judiciary by the end of his second term, setting the stage for another series of drawn-out confrontations with Republicans in Congress.
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Statements and Releases
First Ever White House Hackathon
Published on Mar 2, 2013
On February 22nd, we welcomed 21 programmers and tech experts to the White House and invited them to spend the day working alongside seven members of our own development team. Their goal was simple: to build tools using the new API for We the People, the White House petitions system, and contribute example code to a software development kit (SDK). For nine hours, these two groups clustered around each other’s laptops, solving problems, sharing ideas, sharing code, and asking questions.
This was the first White House Open Data Day Hackathon.
A week before the event, we gave the participants access to a private repository on GitHub so they could read documentation, introduce themselves, and begin thinking about their projects. (Here’s the official White House GitHub profile.) As each API method became available, the hackers got to work, opening bug reports and chewing over questions with the White House team.
By the time the sun set over Washington on the 22nd, sixteen people got up to share their projects with a room packed with other hackers and guests from around the White House. Among them was Mick Thompson, who created Where the People, a time-lapse visualization of zip codes where petitions are being signed, weighted for signatures by percentage of population. Douglas Back built Widget the People, a tool that lets you create an embeddable thermometer showing how many signatures your petition needs before it reaches the response threshold. Catherine D’Ignazio developed an embeddable map that shows where signatures came from, right down to the zip code level. Yoni Ben-Meshulam’s R We the People is a package for the R statistics environment that allows users to generate word clouds and visualize the issues that petitions are created about over time. Other projects included a dashboard that predicts when petitions will cross the 100,000 signature threshold, documentation and step-by-step primers on using the API, email alert systems that inform you when a petition on an issue you care about has been created, and more.
During the hackathon Todd Park, United States Chief Technology Officer, spoke to the value of collaboration by invoking Joy’s Law. “No matter who you are,” he said, “you have to remember that most of the smartest people in the world work for somebody else.” On the 22nd, we were lucky to have these folks with us for the day:
|Douglas Back||Iqbal Mohomed|
|Yoni Ben-Meshulam||Erik Ogan|
|Jeff Casimir||Sheldon Rampton|
|Scott Chacon||Andrew Riley|
|Catherine D’Ignazio||Devon Rollins|
|Robert Eickmann||Mick Thompson|
|Steve Fernholz||Kyle Vanderbeek|
|Jackie Kazil||Justin Vincent|
|Arthi Krishnaswami||Maggie Wachs|
|Matthew Loff||Chris Wilson|
By letting this group of smart people work with an early version of the API, by helping them come up with their own ideas and bring them to life, we found ways to make both We the People and its API better. Some of the projects from the hackathon will be released as open source code, or incorporated into We the People itself, but all of them helped the team from the White House find ways to make the API more flexible, better documented, and easier to use when it’s officially released.
While the White House Open Data Day Hackathon is over, the conversation about We the People’s API continues because there’s now a community of developers working with it. If you’re interested in working with it, too, tell us about your ideas. We’re excited to hear them.
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