By Sonal Shah, Executive Director
August 24, 2016
This summer went by incredibly fast, and it’s nearly the start of a new semester and a new year at Georgetown University. We are excited and looking forward to having the opportunity to interact and work with all new and returning Hoyas, faculty and staff at the Hilltop.
We have had a busy summer that will make for an exciting fall! First, we had an incredible group of student interns who worked and volunteered with us this summer. Our GU Impacts students who worked in social impact organizations at home and abroad were awesome – working on everything from scaling microfinance initiatives at Mann Deshi Bank in rural India, to launching digital communications campaigns at the Center for Civic Innovation in Atlanta. And we developed an exciting partnership with the White House on civic engagement (going well beyond voting), and will soon be a releasing a report for transition teams on how the new President should organize for innovation towards impact.
We want to invite you to join us this year in the many exciting events and projects we have slated for the new academic year. There are several opportunities to learn about us and sign up to work with us. The first is meeting new incoming Hoyas at the New Student Activities (CAB) Fair on September 4th. We will have our Annual Open House on September 7 where you can learn more about how to engage with the Beeck Center, meet our staff and find out about our exciting plans this year. Finally, don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Ann Mei Chang, Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID at our GU Impacts Reception on September 8th where you will have the opportunity to meet our fellows and learn more about GU Impacts.
While Georgetown is awesome, we also want to introduce you to the cool innovations happening in DC. If you’re a student and interested in venturing off-campus, sign up for our first ever Civic Makerspace DC Tour on September 9th. This is an all-day experience. You will meet the amazing people working on civic engagement, entrepreneurship and technology as you visit several makerspaces and incubators in the DC area. You will get to meet local entrepreneurs, makers and key policymakers as we visit community spaces, observe technology demonstrations, and participate in discussions with sector leaders. This tour is in partnership with the Office of the President, Startup Hoyas, the Center for Social Justice, the Policy Innovation Lab at the McCourt School of Public Policy, Design the District, the Gelardin New Media Center and NetImpact. Throughout the day, you will learn first-hand how the maker movement is transforming the way that communities and individuals are engaging civically, both in DC and across the country.
The Beeck Center is driving impact and we want you to stay engaged with us. There are and will be so many more opportunities. Our full schedule of events is here in our Beeck ‘Back to School’ Bulletin.
If that isn’t enough, we also have some great speakers coming this fall (all of which we could use your help on, so sign up if you’d like to volunteer):
- On December 6th, we will host a book talk with Steve Case, author of the Third Wave, CEO of Revolution, LLC and the founder of AOL. We will be partnering with the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI), the Baker Center and Startup Hoyas for this event.
- On December 1st, we will host Andrew McMahon, the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Regional Administrator. He was also the architect of the government’s digital services initiative 18F. This is part of our Civic Maker Series to explore the ways in which data and technology are transforming the ways that citizens and governments are interacting and solving problems.
- If you are interested in politics and innovation, come join us on October 6 for the release of our Presidential Transition Report. This September, we will be releasing a bipartisan report to both the Republican and Democratic Presidential Transition Teams on how the next Administration can accelerate a culture of innovation throughout the Federal government. We are holding this exciting event in partnership with the McCourt School of Public Policy, especially the Massive Data Institute and the Baker Center. This publication and event is the outcome of a year-long project, which will be followed by a set of strategic recommendations on what the President should do in the first 100 days of the new administration. Join us if you want to do research on this topic.
Now, many of you might have your own ideas on what the next President could do on innovation. We invite you to share you ideas on how our next President could build a more innovative government. We look forward to reading your tweets, Facebook posts and hearing your ideas on how we can build a more nimble and innovative government to better meet the needs of citizens everywhere.
I hope you will engage with the Center. Join us for our events, sign up for volunteering opportunities, or just stop by the Center whether you are a student, faculty, staff or community member.
As we begin this new year we would want to especially thank our incredible interns this summer: Mark Wasson, Jack Budington, Robert Treval, Marissa Kingston, Emma Mogensen, Cristina Martinez Pinto, Xavier Rivera and Daniel Marshall. You made us so much better!