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Ryan Panchadsaram - Participant

Ryan Panchadsaram is the Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the United States in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. In an effort to modernize how the federal government uses technology, Ryan helps shapes how an $80 billion budget can be used by federal agencies to deliver on their missions in a more effective, design-centric, and data-driven way.

In 2014, Time Magazine featured Ryan on the cover as part of the crisis response team tasked with rescuing the rollout of HealthCare.gov, the website enabling the President's signature health care reform law. Helping rescue the site was a multi-month effort that ultimately enrolled millions people into affordable health coverage.

In response to HealthCare.gov, Ryan helped establish the U.S. Digital Service, ensuring that technologists have a seat at the table as the President and policymakers create new programs and make policy decisions. He also shepherds the Presidential Innovation Fellows program from the White House. The highly-competitive program recruits technologists and innovators from the private sector to partner with agencies to collaborate on high-profile initiatives aimed at improving lives, saving taxpayer money, fueling job creation, and building a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation within government.

While at the White House, Ryan worked on implementing the Open Data Executive Order and launching a new Data.gov - which to date has unlocked over 130,000 datasets in health, energy, education, finance, and climate. He also worked to improve personal data access in health, energy, taxes, benefit, and student loan data. His efforts working on the Blue Button Initiative as a Presidential Innovation Fellow have empowered over 150 million people to be able to digitally access their health records with the click of a button.

Prior to public service, Ryan was the head of Customer & Product at Ginger.io, a spin-off from MIT Media Lab, using big data to transform health. He was a Fellow at Rock Health, where his company Pipette was incubated and ultimately acquired by Ginger.io. He previously held product roles at Microsoft and Salesforce.com. While at Microsoft, Ryan was responsible for the user experience and design for Outlook for Mac. During his time there, he filed multiple patents for innovations in geolocation, user interfaces, and large datasets. At Salesforce.com, he worked on AppExchange, one of the first online marketplaces for third party applications.

Ryan is an active designer and coder. In 2012, he won first place in The Guardian & Google’s International Data Visualization Challenge. His work has been featured by Fast Company, SXSW, TEDMED and he sits on the editorial board of the Big Data Journal. He graduated from University of California - Berkeley with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

Background

Organization

The White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Title

Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer

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