TRULIA COO PAUL LEVINE SPEAKS AT WHITE HOUSE SAFETY DATAPALOOZA ABOUT LEVERAGING OPEN GOVERNMENT DATA TO PROVIDE INSIDE SCOOP
Trulia’s Crime and Commute Maps To Be Showcased As Innovative Examples of Using Government Data to Advance Public Safety, By Helping People Find Homes in Safe Neighborhoods with Manageable Commutes
SAN FRANCISCO, September 14, 2012 – Trulia, a leading online marketplace for homebuyers, sellers, renters and real estate professionals, today announced that Chief Operating Officer Paul Levine will speak at the White House “Safety Datapalooza” on Friday, September 14. His remarks will focus on how Trulia is providing the inside scoop on what it is like to live in cities and neighborhood blocks across the country by leveraging open government data on reported crime and commute times – made available through the Obama Administration’s Safety Data Initiative. He will also touch on the importance of making more government data sets available in order for technology companies, like Trulia, to develop tools to help people become better-informed consumers. Additionally, Paul will demo how Trulia’s crime and commute maps have helped homebuyers and renters make smarter real estate decisions.
“I am honored to have been invited to speak at the White House’s Safety Datapalooza, and am thrilled to share how Trulia has leveraged open government data on critical neighborhood information such as crime and commutes, into dynamic, interactive maps,” said Paul Levine, COO of Trulia. “Trulia is committed to providing the inside scoop on what it’s like to live in a neighborhood, long before you move in. This is why innovation is one of our core values as a company and why we’ve placed such an emphasis on developing simple, easy-to-use online, mobile and social tools.”
Hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement, Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Safety Datapalooza will highlight innovators from the private, nonprofit and academic sectors who have utilized freely available government data to build products, services and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways. The event will also feature the announcement of new safety data resources being made available, including valuable, real-time tools to provide details about natural disasters and improve preparedness and emergency response. The event will be followed by an “expo” in which attendees will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on demonstrations of the innovations highlighted.
Other speakers at the Safety Datapalooza include The Honorable John Pocari, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation; The Honorable Seth D. Harris, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Labor; The Honorable Marcia McNutt, Director, U.S. Geological Survey; and Todd Park, Assistant to the President,U.S. Chief Technology Officer.
The White House Safety Datapalooza will be live streamed on Friday, September 14, from 8:30AM ET to 12:00PM ET at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.
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