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Project Update: The Results of the Smart America Challenge

County Executive Ike Leggett led the Montgomery County SmartAmerica “team” in making a presentation to senior White House staff and policy advisors and industry executives as Montgomery County unveiled its achievements in the SmartAmerica Challenge. The SmartAmerica Challenge is sponsored by The White House Presidential Innovation Fellows and the National Institute of Standard and Technology…
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Montgomery County Holds First Ever Food Data Jam!

May 31st and June 1st the Montgomery County Innovation Program held the Food Data Jam, part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. It was the first known event of its type in the county. The event drew professional developers, non-profit representatives, and many high school students to work on challenges related to the food…
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Announcing the Food Data Jam!

Discover a side of the DC region you never knew at the Food Data Jam! What is a Food Data Jam? It’s a hackathon that will generate solutions to local food and farm challenges. Developers, students and non-profits will work together for 24 hours on three specific tasks. The team with the best solution gets $1,000!…
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Project Updates: Innovation in the Food System

The Montgomery County Food Council and the Innovation Program presented at a County Council work session on April 10th, 2014 to discuss the future endeavors of the Food Council and what it means for Montgomery County. The County Council information packet for the session is available by clicking here.The Food Council was launched over two…
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Inmate Cell Phone Legislation

The Pre-Release and Reentry Services Division of the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation has undergone some major changes in the past few months, revolving around one small change that has made a big difference. The use of prepaid cell phones in the Montgomery County Pre-Release Center has allowed inmates, especially those soon to be released, maintain…
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MoCo FIRST: Innovation in the School System

Montgomery County Public Schools have a new organization this year, by the name of MoCo FIRST…that is, Montgomery County For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). Eight high schools in Montgomery County participate in the organization, and they create robots both small and big and collaborate with one another. The two programs…
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Buskers: Changing Nightlife in Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Nighttime Economy Task Force worked to identify opportunities to reinvigorate nightlife in Montgomery County, from livening it up with live music to adding cultural experiences that many can partake in. Their vision is “to develop creative placemaking opportunities and sensible policies that encourage an increased nighttime social life for residents, employees, and…
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Second Open Data Town Hall Results

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 marked the second Open Data Town Hall and the first at the Upcounty Regional Services Center, hosted by the Montgomery County Innovation Program in collaboration with the Department of Technology Services. This town hall was set up in response to the success of the first Open Data Town Hall in November. A unique…
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