During the General Plenary Session at the 2018 ASTC Annual Conference in Hartford, Connecticut, Kumar Garg, Senior Director for Technology and Society at Schmidt Futures, explored what happens at the intersection of education, technology, and equity.
Garg’s current portfolio includes four core areas of work: promoting the positive digital transformation of society by investing in data collaboratives that address concrete societal problems; expanding the number of people that are involved in discovery and innovation; investing in early stage risk-capital in nascent university research, high-potential people, and young organizations; and advancing public policy that sustains and leverages science and technology. Garg’s work will also include exploring different approaches to solving problems, including open innovation, market-shaping, and Grand Challenges.
He previously helped shape science and technology policy for the Obama Administration for nearly eight years, serving in a variety of roles in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Garg led the Obama Administration’s efforts to bolster science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, including the Educate to Innovate campaign, with more than $1 billion in in-kind and philanthropic investment; development of major State of the Union initiatives to train 100,000 excellent STEM teachers and bring computer science to all K–12 students; and creation of iconic events such as the White House Science Fair.