Obama’s Legacy of Tech and Innovation
The Forrest Four-Cast: September 4, 2016
Earlier this week, the White House and SXSW announced South by South Lawn, which is scheduled for Monday, October 3. Apply here for a chance to be involved in this first-ever celebration of ideas, art, and 21st century community engagement.
SXSL is one of a handful of late-term tech initiatives from the Obama Administration. Ten days later, the White House teams with Carnegie Mellon for the Frontiers Conference, which promises to “explore the future of innovation here and around the world.” The Frontiers Conference is aligned with the President’s role as Guest Editor of the November issue of Wired Magazine. Even more significant is the recent International Entrepreneur Rule, which should empower foreign startup founders who have raised money from US investors to move to this country for two to five years — and possibly longer.
With these initiatives (as well as a long list of other geek-related actions over the last eight years), there is little question that Obama has been the most tech-focused president ever. Given that it serves as the backbone to almost everything we do in the 21st century, the bigger question is how can the leader of the free world NOT be someone who is completely in tune with the current and future potential of all things coding.
Which brings us (of course) to Election 2016. One trusts that whichever candidate emerges in November will grow more comfortable with this role as the nation’s most powerful, most forward-thinking technologist. Recent developments from the Hillary Clinton campaign leave us very optimistic for her capacity to grow into this role.