On Friday, Vice President Biden swore in Suzi LeVine as the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. To honor American innovation and entrepreneurship, Ambassador LeVine chose to become the first U.S. Ambassador to take take the oath of office over a copy of the Constitution on an electronic device.

On Friday, Vice President Biden swore in Suzi LeVine as the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. To honor American innovation and entrepreneurship, Ambassador LeVine chose to become the first U.S. Ambassador to take take the oath of office over a copy of the Constitution on an electronic device.

Internet Freedom For All

Any child, born anywhere in the world, should have access to the global Internet as an open platform on which to innovate, learn, organize, and express herself free from undue interference or censorship. 

Read more about the ‪State Department’s efforts to advance Internet freedom on DipNote‬.

Help choose the next generation of innovators! Now through August 22, YOU can vote for the best ideas in science and technology from young entrepreneurs in 54 countries. The ‪Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative will announce the 30 applicants who go to the final round to compete for prizes, and receive mentorship and training from global leaders. Find out how to vote on DipNote!

Help choose the next generation of innovators! Now through August 22, YOU can vote for the best ideas in science and technology from young entrepreneurs in 54 countries. The ‪Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative will announce the 30 applicants who go to the final round to compete for prizes, and receive mentorship and training from global leaders. Find out how to vote on DipNote!

Take a look back at the U.S. Security Council Presidency which recently wrapped up in July. The presidency focused on issues as far ranging as the ongoing humanitarian crises in Syria to the conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region.  
Young Inventors Learn the Importance of Intellectual Property Protection at LEGO Competition
 
Read more about the State Department’s FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Innovation Ambassadors event, which celebrated and showcased young innovators from around the world.
EducationUSA Launches Mobile App for International Students

The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) recently launched its new EducationUSA mobile app.  The app allows international students who would like to study in the U.S. to access accurate and comprehensive information about the opportunities available to them.

Through the app, students can find an EducationUSA advising center near them, engage with our social media, follow student financial aid updates, view event photos, find ‘Frequently Asked Questions,’ and contact advising centers virtually through the ‘Ask an Adviser’ system. In addition, it features push notifications to keep students up-to-date on the latest EducationUSA programs in their home countries. MORE

Delegation to India Promotes Women and Girls in Technology
 

Last week, the Department of State led a delegation of technology executives from U.S.-based companies to India to explore the challenges we face in fully engaging the potential of women in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector to meet the demands of our global economy.  Headed by Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alyssa Ayres, the delegation visited government offices, universities, local and multinational companies, and industry groups in New Delhi and Bangalore. MORE

State Department Exchange Students Improve Their Communities Through Social Media

Our U.S. Department of State high-school exchange students are some of the best and brightest from countries around the world. Through programs like the American Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange  (A-SMYLE), Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX), and Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES), the U.S. Department of State brings nearly 2,000 future leaders to live with host families and study in American high schools across the United States.

This year, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is doing more to help these amazing young people in our Youth Exchange Programs make lasting connections while they’re here in the United States and equip them with skills that they can use to make positive changes in their own communities and beyond. MORE

The Road to an Effective Innovation Diplomacy
 

Americans understand that one of our great national strengths is innovation. Great innovators — Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and others — are household names.

The social and economic impact of innovative American researchers, companies, and workers over the course of U.S. history have been enormous. Innovation has dramatically improved the quality of life in this country since the time of Benjamin Franklin, by many accounts America’s most illustrious innovator. More recently, statistics show that innovation is responsible for nearly three-quarters of U.S. post-World War II economic growth. Knowledge-based companies exported more than $1 trillion — approximately 74 percent of total U.S. exports — in 2011. MORE