This morning, Trulia’s COO Paul Levine spoke at the White House’s “Safety Datapalooza.” Hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement, Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Transportation, this event highlighted 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.
In his remarks, Paul shared 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 — made available through the Obama Administration’s Safety Data Initiative – on critical neighborhood information such as crime and commutes, into dynamic, interactive maps. Specifically, he demoed how Trulia’s crime map and commute map have helped homebuyers and renters make smarter real estate decisions.
Also speaking was Sha Hwang, Design Technologist at Trulia, who lead the Data Visualization Workshop for Journalists that Trulia co-hosted at our San Francisco office with Fast Company’s Co.Design, O’Reilly Media and Hacks/Hackers. He teamed up with Chrys Wu at Hacks/Hackers to recap the workshops and talk about the fields of data visualizations and data journalism.
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.