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RI Software Expert Selected as White House Innovation Fellow

Published on September 27, 2012

Selected from an applicant pool of nearly 700 innovators from across the country, Rhode Islander Danny Chapman is one of 18 "Fellows" who have agreed to spend six months in Washington to work on five high-impact projects aimed at supporting small businesses and the economy while significantly improving how the Federal Government serves the American people.

Chapman will join four other Fellows to work as a team on "MyGov", a project to reimagine how citizens interact with government through an experience designed around their needs rather than a confusing and fragmented bureaucracy. Chapman is passionate about web standards, responsive design, and creating well- crafted digital experiences that connect users to content. He most recently served as a Creative Director for eGovernment provider NIC. In that capacity, he led the transformation of RI.gov, Rhode Island's official government web portal, into a nationally- recognized, award-winning state government web presence.

An artist through and through, Dan earned a BA in art history from Hamilton College and worked as a production assistant in New York for several independent and industrial film productions. After graduation, Dan worked for an upstart software company specializing in the summer camp industry before locating to Rhode Island to take graduate courses at the Rhode Island School of Design.

According to U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, "The Presidential Innovation Fellows program leverages the ingenuity of leading problem solvers from across America together with federal innovators to tackle projects that aim to fuel job creation, save taxpayers money and improve the lives of Americans in tangible ways. These private sector innovators bring their entrepreneurial expertise to the table that has helped jump-start high-tech companies, increase efficiency and public engagement, and redefine how technology is used in business."

Click here to read more about the White House Fellows and their projects.


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