White House launches innovation fellowship

Aug. 23, 2012 at 10:08 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- The White House announced it has invited 18 people participate in its "Presidential Innovation Fellows" and work on projects to stimulate the U.S. economy.

The 18 fellows were selected from a pool of 700 applicants nationwide, to spend six months in Washington working on five "high-impact projects," the White House said in a release.

"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," said U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park. "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."

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