About the Cohort
The Tech, Science, and Data Cohort was convened in the wake of Covid-19, to bring together innovators from inside and off the Hill focused on Technology, Science, and Data research and resources for Congress. The cohort is a forum for information sharing and collaboration, made possible by support from Democracy Fund and the Hewlett Foundation, and led by POPVOX. Activities include hosting conversations in which members share their work and present opportunities for collaboration; inviting speakers to address the group; and working together to share information with Congress.
TSD New Member Orientation Day for incoming Members-elect
On December 9th, 2020, Members-elect of the 117th Congress joined current members, staffers, technologists, scientists, academics, and advocates for the inaugural Tech, Science, and Data New Member Orientation, hosted by the First Branch Tech, Science and Data (TSD) cohort.
Lawmakers shared advice on how to set up an office, find the right staff, and make use of technology, experts, and data to be more effective.
On December 9th, 2020, Members-elect of the 117th Congress joined current Members, staffers, technologists, scientists, academics, and advocates for the inaugural Tech, Science, and Data New Member Orientation, hosted by the First Branch Tech, Science and Data (TSD) cohort. Lawmakers shared advice on how to set up an office, find the right staff, and make use of technology, experts, and data to be more effective. Here are the top ten pieces of advice from the orientation, from the high-level to the in-the-weeds...
Starting off Modern: State of Congressional Modernization Keynote with Rep. Derek Kilmer and Rep. Rodney Davis
In the opening remarks for the First Branch Tech, Science, and Data New Member Orientation, POPVOX co-founder Marci Harris and Congressional Management Foundation CEO Brad Fitch are joined by Representative Derek Kilmer, Chairman of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, and Representative Rodney Davis, Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration, for a wide-ranging conversation on the state of Modernization in the House, advice to new Members of Congress on choosing staff wisely, and prioritizing their limited time in COVID.
Advocacy Blueprints is an independent, non-partisan small business that provides interactive, innovative, and professional training and consulting focused on understanding and interacting with Congress.
The Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation was founded in 2014 to provide training and experiential opportunities for students, faculty and global leaders to enact solution-based social change.
College to Congress provides a comprehensive training program that levels the playing field for Congressional interns, with financial support to cover an interns transportation, housing, meals, first professional wardrobe, and various needs while living and working in DC.
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Demand Progress and our more than two million members seek to protect the democratic character of the internet — and wield it to make government accountable and contest concentrated corporate power.
Founded in November 1945, as the Federation of Atomic Scientists, by scientists who built the first atomic bombs during the Manhattan Project, FAS is devoted to the belief that scientists, engineers, and other technically trained people have the ethical obligation to ensure that the technological fruits of their intellect and labor are applied to the benefit of humankind.
The First Branch Forecast is published at the beginning of each week by Demand Progress Education Fund, a project of the Sixteen Thirty Fund. It focuses on the ability of Congress to govern.
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