A Kansas City startup now has some extra bragging rights. The White House handpicked mySidewalk to play a key role in a new open data initiative called the Opportunity Project. The White House initiative aims to “unleash the power of data” to build stronger communities and foster economic mobility. Twelve pilot cities were chosen for the project, including Kansas City, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco and Washington. “Essentially, the challenge is to help show the value of data in community decision-making, the value of open data,” mySidewalk COO Stephen Hardy told the Kansas City Business Journal. “In many ways, this is about the chance to showcase the smart use of data on a national scale and the idea that anybody can use data to improve their cities. And this is something we believe really strongly in.” The opportunity to work with the White House came through one of mySidewalk’s clients, who shared samples of the startup’s work with White House officials.
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