This past Wednesday, ApplyKit had the pleasure to participate in “Datapalooza”— an event organized in collaboration by the White House and the Department of Education. The event was held at the Ronal Reagan amphitheater in Washington DC on January 15, 2014, and our CEO, Bobby Touran, and Marketing coordinator, Steve Messa, were in attendance to demonstrate the ApplyKit platform to a mix of policy makers and advocates of higher education. Among the attendees was Arne Duncan—US Secretary of Education (pictured below).
Datapalooza is intended to rally the support of both non-profit and for-profit organizations aiming to improve college access, to collaborate on innovative solutions that leverage government-owned data sets around higher education. By enlisting relevant entrepreneurs, the government hopes to raise awareness about the importance of technology in college access, and to generate greater interaction with government data. After the event, ApplyKit was selected as a “VIP” and was invited to attend a special networking event in the White House’s Indian Treaty Room (pictured below).
ApplyKit was selected, in particular, because of the company’s commitment to leveraging government-issued IPEDs (Integrated Post Secondary Education Data Systems) in the platform school profiles, and to helping both underrepresented and international students. In addition, Touran is working on two other exciting projects in the college-access industry, in collaboration with other companies that are exhibiting. These projects were unveiled at the event, and will be publicly announced later this year.
“We are delighted to be selected,” said Touran. “Few companies have been selected to participate in this event, and we are proud to see our efforts being recognized. This event is also exactly the kind of effort I—as an entrepreneur– would like to see more of from the government.”