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“A motley group of 16 ‘open data geeks'”

UW CSE’s Brian Ferris – creator of OneBusAway and recently praised by Seattlest as “oh mighty one … the God of Metro” – was brought to the White House last week as one of “a motley group of 16 ‘open data geeks'” honored as part of the “Champions of Change” program, which celebrates the fact that “Every day in communities across the country, ordinary individuals are doing extraordinary things to improve the lives of others and strengthen their communities.”

Read a Government Technology post on the event here.

Assuming he can fit it into his busy schedule, Brian will defend his Ph.D. thesis – “OneBusAway: Improving the Usability of Public Transit” – on Thursday, June 23 at 2:30 p.m. in room 503 of UW’s Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering.