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The Commonwealth, the sponsors and partners involved in the #MassEduData Challenge take privacy and security extremely seriously.  Security was our first priority when this event was conceived.

To ensure participants’ privacy, we have worked with our partners at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to ensure that target data sets do not contain any personally identifiable information (PII) of any student or teacher in the Commonwealth.

This event brings together many existing data sets, most of which are already publically available via the DESE website.   Provided data fully complies with Federal regulations, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

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Government Innovation Officer

Antonio M. Parham (“Tony”) is an experienced executive, with a track record of leading high profile initiatives. He is a strategic planner and self-starter, proficient at business plan creation, partnership development, new venture creation, assembling high performance teams, managing extended virtual teams and program management. He is an insightful leader, strategic management consultant, digital marketing and e-business maven, executive coach, product manager, business partner liaison and charismatic public speaker.

As Government Innovation Officer (GIO) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Tony advises the Governor, Secretary for Administration and Finance, executive branch leaders and other stakeholders on identifying, funding and managing execution of high impact business change projects. As the first chief innovation officer for the Commonwealth, the GIO is accountable for improving internal government efficiencies and for the improved experience of outside stakeholders such as residents, businesses and local governments.

Tony has 30-plus years’ experience of business and technology leadership across a wide range of business sizes, from startups to large enterprises. Educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Master of Science Degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management) and the University of Southern California (Master of Science Degree in Computer Science), his career has bridged the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors.

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