Healthcare needs a big data infusion

To improve medicine, we need a big heaping dose of data. That’s the takeaway from a conversation with Aneesh Chopra, the former U.S. CTO, at SXSW in Austin on Friday. He discussed where startups interested in this space should focus on as well as privacy.

Hacking solutions to the world’s resource problem

This weekend in New York City, dozens of developers gathered for the second Cleanweb Hackathon, where programmers spent the weekend building mobile and web apps around new ways to manage energy. The event is the latest sign the ecosystem around clean technology is changing.

Get ready for the Cleanweb Hackathon NYC!

We’ll once again be live streaming the second Cleanweb Hackathon that will be held in New York City, this weekend! The “Cleanweb” is the trend of using information technology — software, the web, social media, mobile — to address resource constraints around energy, food and water.

The Green Button project launches to unleash energy data

On Wednesday U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and half a dozen utilities plan to announce the official launch of the Green Button initiative, which will enable utility customers to easily download their energy consumption data with one click.

White House to Launch New Smart Grid Initiatives

On Monday morning the White House plans to hold an event focused on the smart grid that will discuss new private and public initiatives for how to implement a smarter power grid in the U.S.

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Does anyone else find the hoopla over U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra’s qualifications (U.S. CTO and Kundra-buddy Aneesh Chopra caught some shrapnel) to be among the most interesting IT stories of the year? John Dvorak’s poorly researched statements about Kundra’s education might have been answered and might weaken Dvorak’s argument, but his other questions about Kundra’s qualifications warrant a real discussion. The country’s IT infrastructure is very important, and there needs to be a serious discussion about whether a cutting-edge vision is more important than years of experience influencing the IT landscape. Kundra is far from a world-renowned technologist or thought leader, but if he can deliver on his vision, does his pedigree matter?

Cloud Computing: Washington vs. Washington

[qi:gigaom_icon_cloud-computing] When I spoke with U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra last month, he outlined a pragmatic approach to the federal technology infrastructure that involved wanting to adopt a hybrid model of data centers and cloud computing solutions. Buying infrastructure as a service instead of banking solely on energy-guzzling data centers is a good way to stretch tax dollars, he argued. Kundra’s colleague, Aneesh Chopra, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, shares his approach.
And while cloud computing is all the rage in Washington D.C., it seems the state of Washington doesn’t much care for cloud computing. Instead of buying cloud computing services from home-grown cloud computing giant Amazon (s amzn), (or newly emergent cloud player, Microsoft (s msft)), the state has opted to build a brand-new, $180 million data center, despite reservations from some state representatives. Read More about Cloud Computing: Washington vs. Washington

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Last night’s Silicon Valley town hall meeting with U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra proves that he understands the value propositions of cloud computing and the other technological advancements he is attempting to adopt. The true values these technologies bring are things like flexibility, adaptability, speed and transparency, which are the exact characteristics Chopra wants to add to the description of the federal government’s IT component. It is contrary to the philosophy of something like cloud computing to follow the same methodical, time-consuming processes and then, only when you are 100 percent ready across the board, flip the switch. Chopra’s 90-day deliverable cycles, not only prove value immediately, but they ensure the government’s infrastructure will be able to flex and adapt along with technology, thus fully capitalizing on the technologies he decides to adopt.