Richard Culatta, director of the Office of Educational Technology and Nadya Dabby, acting assistant deputy secretary in the Office of Innovation and Improvement, will help conduct a listening session with educational technology start-ups at 1776 on Wednesday, Aug. 7 in Washington, D.C. 1776 is a business incubator and a community of entrepreneurs with a particular focus on education startups, helping to connect them with the resources they need to excel. Culatta and Dabby will join other education leaders, start-up founders, investors, and freelance developers and designers in a discussion about the need for developers to build tools that leverage data to personalize learning. The discussion will also include feedback from developers on what data and information from the Department would be helpful to spur innovation in the industry.
1776 was founded in January 2013 and serves as a global hub for start-ups tackling major challenges in education, energy, health care, government, and other critical industries. The start-ups receive mentorship, corporate connections, access to capital, media attention, and a pipeline of top talent.