IWTT co-sponsors Open Data Science Technology Engineering Agriculture and Math (STEAM) Summer Camp
Joyce Hunter is a strategic-doer and a social entrepreneur. She is the former Deputy Chief Information Officer for Policy and Planning for the Department of Agriculture. In addition to policy and technology planning, Ms. Hunter oversaw the Departments 3.4 billion dollar IT investment portfolio, is the creator of the USDA’s Open Data STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Agriculture and Math) summer camp for underserved youth, managed 3 successful Hackathons and was the executive sponsor of the IT Fellows Program. With over 30 years’ experience in the information technology industry, Ms. Hunter demonstrated a strong ability to build and sustain relationships with public/private stakeholders, develop and lead innovative projects and inter-agency initiatives. Ms. Hunter was the CEO of Vulcan Enterprises prior to her federal appointment and has returned to that role. Vulcan is an IT service and strategic management consulting organization, where she also provides executive advisory services to corporate, federal and non-profit CXO’s.
USDA hosted the camp for two years (2015 and 2016) at their headquarters location in Washington, D.C. and replicated the same in Sacramento, California with the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources this past summer (2017).
The program’s goal is to help students build familiarity and hands-on competence with the approaches, tools, and analytical techniques relevant to harnessing the power of open data on critical issues related to food and agriculture.