mySidewalk Participates in The Opportunity Project

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White House Initiative to Make Government Data More Accessible for All Americans

. . . There is often a chasm between the availability of federal data and the ability of local communities to make sense of that information.

Today mySidewalk announced its participation in The Opportunity Project, a White House initiative intended to expand access to opportunity for all Americans by putting data and digital tools in the hands of families, communities and local leaders.

mySidewalk participated in the program by taking on projects for both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG), working with the DOT to make transportation information more accessible and useful to community leaders around the country, while its project with the OSG focused on equipping parents and community leaders with tools to measure emotional well-being in their communities.

Launched in March 2016, The Opportunity Project was designed to spur the creation and utilization of digital tools that use federal open data to help families and communities navigate information about critical resources such as quality schools, housing, jobs and transportation.

“Data can be used to improve our lives, but there is often a chasm between the availability of federal data and the ability of local communities to make sense of that information,” said Stephen Hardy, chief operating officer at mySidewalk. “Making data useful is our mission as a company—which is why we were so excited when the White House invited us to participate in this program.”

Based in Kansas City, mySidewalk is a data tool for people who want answers to everyday community questions. Working with local municipalities, planning groups, consultant firms, elected officials, parks departments and education groups, mySidewalk makes data easy to access, understand and utilize.

“The Opportunity Project is about unleashing the power of data to solve some of the toughest challenges our communities face, things like helping Americans build skills and find jobs, increasing transit options in low-income neighborhoods, and helping families navigate information on the quality of schools," said U.S. Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil. "The 29 tools being released today, built by the organizations participating in The Opportunity Project, are the newest additions to the growing ecosystem of digital tools using open data and modern technologies to try and tackle big problems head on.”

More information about The Opportunity Project will be live-streamed on Thursday, October 6 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. To tune in, please visit

About mySidewalk
mySidewalk is a data tool for people who want to understand places. With the ability to instantly answer thousands of community questions, mySidewalk makes it easy for anyone to use data to make better, more confident decisions. To learn more, visit, or check out the Answer Gallery for instant insight about your community.

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