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Government at the Speed of Silicon Valley

Volpe Center

[Department of Transportation Volpe Center]

Can the federal government possibly keep pace with private-sector innovators? After all, our system of government is specifically designed to offer stability and provide checks and balances, not necessarily to move fast.

The key is for the government to adopt some of the best practices of the private sector to increase responsiveness and flexibility. Many of these directly parallel Silicon Valley's use of quick, successive prototyping to reduce the distance between imagination and reality.

In this talk, U.S. DOT Chief Innovation Officer Chris Gerdes discussed prototyping as a technique for rapid learning and described a number of ways in which U.S. DOT is harnessing this approach to improve safety and provide opportunity.