Welcome back to the 1776 newsletter—your weekly pulse on trends and startups innovating in industries that matter. Here you’ll find news on education, energy, health and cities, followed by events and classes where we hope to see you.  


This week, Chief Cathy Lanier of the Washington, D.C. Police Department weighs in on the 21st century problems that growing cities face and how startups can help with safety challenges. This topic has been of particular relevance over the last few months and even moreso just this past week in Paris. Our thoughts are with the citizens of France during this time of crisis. We will return to the safety and innovation discussion in the future and hope you will weigh in by sharing your thoughts with us on twitter or facebook.

Be sure the check out more great reads below. If you haven't already seen our video interviews with some of the recent Challenge Cup participants, you can 
watch them here


Morgan Gress

Editor, 1776



2015: Looking to Startups for New Solutions to Public Safety Problems
By Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of Police, Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department
As cities grow, so too do their safety challenges. 


2015: The Year Competency-Based Education Displaced College Degrees 
By Dean Florez, CEO, 20 Million Minds Foundation
First in a two-part series on one key education trend for 2015. 

What We Read This Week: Education Trends & News from around the Web


Weekly Trend: How Will Renewable Energy Fare in the New Congress?
By Peter Lougee
It's not as simple as left and right.

What We Read This Week: Energy Trends & News from around the Web


Weekly Trend: Genetic Testing Market Growing, Even After 23andMe Ban
By Maria Helena Carey
However, regulations are slowing down the U.S. markets. 

What We Read This Week: Health Trends & News from Around the Web


Weekly Trend: Virtual Reality Moving Into Meaningful Tech
By Melissa Steffan, Assistant Editor, 1776
Meeting face-to-face with your doctor or taking a virtual field trip are just the beginning. 

What We Read This Week: Smart City Trends & News from Around the Web

Challenge Cup

Copycats, Competition, Cliques: Inside Beijing's Cutthroat Startup Scene
By Melissa Steffan, Assistant Editor, 1776
Challenge Cup is headed to Beijing next week, here's what we expect to find. 

More News at 1776 >>


Events @ 1776

January 14 - Challenge Cup Beijing
Meet startups changing the world as they compete in the first 2015 Challenge Cup in Beijing, China. - RSVP >>

January 15 - Esri/GovLoop Meetup
Come gor a great program and meet leaders in the spacial technology field. - RSVP >>

January 21 - Startup Grind with Tim Chi, Wedding Wire
Join Startup Grind for its first program of 2015. - RSVP >>

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General Assembly @ 1776

January 12 @ 10:00 a.m.
5 Simple Steps to Business Funding - RSVP >>

January 14 @ 6:30 p.m.
Digital Marketing: Key Concepts and Metrics - RSVP >>

January 17 @ 10:30 a.m.
Intro to Ruby on Rails - RSVP >>

More GA Classes @ 1776 >>


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