The Federal Innovator is a podcast for and about the innovators taking on the biggest challenges in the federal government — and making change that is more human, simple, and enduring. This podcast is co-hosted by Tim Irvine, managing director and lead at Accenture Federal Digital Studio, and Stephanie Wander, deputy director and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council.
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In the News May 13, 2021
The Federal Innovator Podcast 1: “Breaking tradition to transform”
As government agencies navigate an accelerated tech landscape, increased consumer demand, and IT modernization, they are also looking away from traditional methods and tapping strategy prototyping to solve problems in new ways and prepare for the future of work. On this episode, co-hosts Tim Irvine and Stephanie Wander are joined by Dr. Ryan Vega, the Diffusion of Excellence lead at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Innovation.
In the News Jun 14, 2021
The Federal Innovator Podcast 2: “Speaking the love language of the decisionmaker”
As government agencies adopt new technologies and approaches to modernize their mission, they’re increasingly relying on trusted partners in the public sector, academia, ventures, startups, and industry to get them there. How? In this episode, co-hosts Tim Irvine and Stephanie Wander are joined by Sandeep Patel, director of HHS’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority’s Division of Research, Ventures, and Innovation
In the News Aug 2, 2021
The Federal Innovator Podcast 3: “Mapping UX Innovation”
For the Defense Department, designing with the user in mind means designing for the warfighter, offering them the tools they need to protect and serve effectively. what outstanding UX looks like, How can bad UX prove a barrier to mission success? And what does it take to bring user-centric design to life for the federal government? In this episode, co-hosts Tim Irvine and Stephanie Wander are joined by Colt Whittall, chief experience officer for the U.S. Air Force.
In the News Sep 14, 2021
The Federal Innovator Podcast 4: “Accelerating Innovation”
During the pandemic, the State Department’s OBO Technology Accelerator Program made their world just a little bit smaller by piloting mixed reality headsets that allowed their experts to provide remote assistance to on-site workers via live point-of-view video calls. But what did it take to get this innovative technology up and running? And what is its future at the State Department? In this episode, co-hosts Tim Irvine and Stephanie Wander are joined by Danilo Stapula, chief information officer for the Overseas Buildings Operations for the State Department and Erica Jaume, technology accelerator program manager at the State Department.
In the News Oct 25, 2021
The Federal Innovator Podcast 5: “Art, innovation, and storytelling”
Innovation comes in many forms. And while it’s easy to think of ingenuity in government as an upgrade to an aircraft or a new customer service, it could also look like an AI-powered light sculpture. This is exactly the case for The Smithsonian, which is on the verge of launching its “FUTURES” exhibit, the organization’s first major building-wide exploration of the future. In this episode, co-hosts Tim Irvine and Stephanie Wander are joined by Rachel Goslins, director of the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building.
Transcript Jun 23, 2021
Brian Deese on Biden’s vision for ‘a twenty-first-century American industrial strategy’
By Atlantic Council
National Economic Council Director Brian Deese spoke about how the Biden administration can strengthen US economic recovery by working with the private sector and global allies.
GeoTech Cues Aug 10, 2021
Contextualizing COVID-19 and its implications for the future of work
By Matthew Gavieta
As workers around the world adapted to a new normal amid a public health crisis, remote work took on a new meaning. However, questions about how to structure long-term telework arrangements remain. The current landscape of data reveals a tenuous relationship between well-being and telework. To secure a brighter future for our labor force, we must continue developing worker-centered technology policy and doing research on how to improve life at work.
Blog Post Jul 27, 2021
The time for US immigration reform is now
By Jeff Goldstein
The US is currently grappling with a multi-decade long trend of declining population rates leading to fewer and fewer workers. To meet the challenges of the future, US policymakers must manage declining population growth – and one of the best arrows in their economic policy quiver is comprehensive immigration reform.