Coming from a decidedly non-quant, non-technical background, choosing a masters program that emphasizes its data-heavy curriculum was my way of learning to swim by getting thrown in the deep-end. I’m a student at University of Pennsylvania, pursuing a masters degree in public administration with an eye towards technology policy. I’m in Pittsburgh this summer to learn from the best, the Civic Engagement and Technology Director for Microsoft in their Cities program. My interest in public-private partnerships, civic uses of innovative (and lean!) tech, and the impact of “big tech” on regulations, ethics, and the other questions that come along with any industry scaling this quickly, led me to a fellowship interrogating these things in the lovely city of Pittsburgh this summer.
* I’m always looking for new resources and reads, so forward over anything that might be a helpful addition in this process. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.