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Haley Van Dyck

Co-founder, United States Digital Service

Haley Van Dyck is the co-founder of the United States Digital Service, a "start-up" inside the White House building services for the American people that work better and cost less. USDS reforms the way how the government operates in the digital era. She has been a key thought leader on President Obama’s technology team since the 2008 campaign, where she helped develop the mobile strategy for the first Presidential campaign in history to use mobile messaging to connect with voters. In her 6+ years at the White House, Van Dyck spearheaded many of President Obama’s major technology initiatives including the Open Data Executive Order. Previously she served as Director of Digital Strategy and Engagement at USAID.

keynote | German


The beginning of the second day of the NZZ X.Days 2018 made, co-founder of the United States Digital Service, Haley Van Dyck. According to Van Dyck the public trust in government in the United States is decreasing massively. Van Dyck started a new co-funding team, The U.S. Digital Service, whose goal is to transfer archaic governmental activities to present, more technological sectors. This will safe a great amount of money and time. The U.S. spend 86$ billion dollars per year in federal IT projects, nonetheless the failure rate is 94%. Van Dyck showed her tips to implement the digital modernization. Beginning with break-out organisation, which means to create a small team unintegrated in the hierarchy or normal chain command and with high priority to resources. Followed the second tip, hiring the right talent. “Diversity of the team does create better outcomes” predicted Van Dyck. Mission-critical mandate, suggest making the proof of concepts. Finally, she clarified that results are cultural change.