Welcome to our bonus episode with Scott Turnbull. In it, Scott speaks with a few college interns, and we end up discussing something kind of crazy that happened in 1988. It’s an episode about how to build a community, and in many ways it’s a discussion about the impact of diversity. It’s a lot you don’t want to miss.

Scott Turnbull is an information technology leader with 25 years in academic, government, and non-profit IT leadership. He has helped lead the Smart Gigabit Communities effort under US Ignite, initiating and growing the program in each of the 27+ partner communities across the US and in Australia. He co-authored several of the US Ignite Smart City Guides and Playbooks, and runs numerous national technology challenges and reverse pitch events. Prior to coming to US Ignite, he served as the Technical Section Chief for regional joint response teams in Public Safety. He has led efforts to build several national digital repositories for University consortiums and been the head of academic software engineering at Emory University under their libraries system. He is also a veteran of the US Army Intelligence Corps.

US Ignite is a national effort to promote US leadership in the development and deployment of next-generation applications on ultra-fast, programmable networks with the potential for significant societal impact. Originated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and led by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in partnership with other federal agencies, US Ignite leverages NSF investments in the Global Environment for Networking Innovation (GENI) by integrating academic campuses that have GENI technology with research backbone networks and numerous broadband cities across the United States. Through the US Ignite effort, NSF and other federal agencies will bring together science and innovation to explore next-generation internets at scale and create a national innovation ecosystem that will have profound, long-term social and economic impacts.