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White House Seeks to Advance Equity in Science and Technology With Ideation Challenge; Eric Lander Quoted

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Eric Lander
Eric Lander Director White House OSTP

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has unveiled an ideation challenge meant to gather insights from the public about how to drive equity and inclusion in science and technology. 

The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology Ideation Challenge kicked off Thursday, Oct. 14th, on the Challenge.gov website and will run through Nov. 19 to collect ideas that could help incite actions and other efforts in the field of science and tech, the White House said Thursday.

“America’s future depends on science and technology like never before, and to address the extraordinary opportunities and challenges we face — to our health, our planet, our economic prosperity, and our national security — the United States will need to draw on all of its assets, chief among them our unrivaled diversity,” said Eric Lander, the president’s science adviser and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The challenge marks the second phase of OSTP’s Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology program and does not come with a monetary prize.

“We need everybody to be able to participate in and contribute to science and technology because different experiences and perspectives are the bedrock of new scientific and technological insights, because having everybody on the team is essential to America’s global competitiveness in the 21st century, and, because it’s the right thing to do,” added Lander.

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