Aneesh Chopra: Handshakes, Handoffs, And Government Innovation [VIDEO]

Olaf Domis

During his three-year tenure as the first chief technology officer of the United States under President Barack Obama, Aneesh Chopra was charged with fostering innovation to help the country Aneesh_Choprameet the goals of job creation, reducing healthcare costs, and security.

Chopra shared some of what he learned with a rapt audience at last month’s I Love APIs 2014 conference.

As Chopra put it, innovation is a great way to foster “handshakes”—it’s something that everyone tends to agree on, even in the often divisive atmosphere of Washington, D.C.

The “handoff” part is perhaps even more critical. APIs enable innovation well beyond the confines of an enterprise, organization, or agency. It’s about “providing more innovation for the money,” Chopra says, noting that while Facebook employs about 2,000 people, 35,000 people call themselves “Facebook developers.”

Government, in other words, should value the power of external expertise, and to foster this, publish more APIs. We couldn’t agree more.

Watch the video to learn more:

Want more insight on how to foster innovation in the digital economy? See Thinkers: Don’t Kill Your Chances To Make It In The Digital Economy.

This blog originally appeared on the Apigee blog.

Olaf Domis

About Olaf Domis

Olaf Domis, Sr. Marketing Writer/Editor, Apigee As the senior marketing writer/editor at Apigee, Olaf de Senerpont Domis manages the Apigee blog, helps set content strategy, creates fuel for Apigee's demand generation engine, and assists Apigee's thought leaders in spreading the word about the power of APIs, apps, data, and digital business. He also loves APIs.