It's an important day in American history (or, at least, in American cinematic history): It's the date to which Marty McFly traveled into the “future” in Back to the Future Part II. We've come a long way in the 30 years that have passed since the original Back to the Future came out. Now, we're going to talk about where we're going in the next 30.  All day long, we're hosting a series of conversations with scientists and innovators across the government and the country. You'll be able to ask them questions, watch videos explaining their cutting-edge developments, and share your answer to the question above: What does 2045 look like? Here's the schedule for the day. (Remember — we'll be posting all kinds of great stuff over the course of the day, so check back frequently!) 9:30 a.m. ET: A Google+ Hangout Conversation on Time Travel Featuring: OSTP Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation Tom Kalil, Professor Tim Ralph of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and Mr. Martin Ringbauer, a PhD student at the University of Queensland. What you can do: Watch live right here! 10:30 a.m. ET: A Twitter Conversation on Autonomous Vehicles Featuring: Deputy Chief Technology Officer Ed Felten and OSTP Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation Tom Kalil. What you can do: Follow @EdFelten44 and @WhiteHouseOSTP — and weigh in on the conversation on Twitter using #BackToTheFutureDay. 11:30 a.m. ET: A Twitter Q+A on the Future of Women in STEM Featuring: Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan, OSTP Principal Assistant Director for Environment and Energy Tammy Dickinson, and L'Or é al's 2015 U.S. Women in Science fellows . What you can do: Follow @USCTO  and @LOrealUSA  on Twitter, and weigh in on what you'd like to see women doing in STEM fields in 2045 using hashtag #WomenInScience. 1:00 p.m. ET: A Google+ Hangout on Understanding the Human Brain Featuring: OSTP Assistant Director for Neuroscience and Mental Health Monica Basco; OSTP Senior Policy Advisor Knatokie Ford; OSTP Assistant Director for Defense Programs (and neuroscientist) Chris Fall; Karl Deisseroth M.D., Ph.D., the D.H. Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University; Kevin Pearce, Snowboarder and BRAIN initiative activist; and Dr. Julie Brefczynksi-Lewis, Research Assistant Professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. What you can do:  Watch live right he re. ​ Get excited, and remember: Where we're going, we don't need roads. (Just kidding. We definitely do.  And by the way, Congress should fund them .)    

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Follow Along: Tomorrow is Back to the Future Day

It's an important day in American history (or, at least, in American cinematic history): It's the date to which Marty McFly traveled into the “future” in Back to the Future Part II. We've come a long way in the 30 years that have passed since the original Back to the Future came out. Now, we're going to talk about where we're going in the next 30.  All day long, we're hosting a series of conversations with scientists and innovators across the government and the country. You'll be able to ask them questions, watch videos explaining their cutting-edge developments, and share your answer to the question above: What does 2045 look like? Here's the schedule for the day. (Remember — we'll be posting all kinds of great stuff over the course of the day, so check back frequently!) 9:30 a.m. ET: A Google+ Hangout Conversation on Time Travel Featuring: OSTP Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation Tom Kalil, Professor Tim Ralph of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and Mr. Martin Ringbauer, a PhD student at the University of Queensland. What you can do: Watch live right here! 10:30 a.m. ET: A Twitter Conversation on Autonomous Vehicles Featuring: Deputy Chief Technology Officer Ed Felten and OSTP Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation Tom Kalil. What you can do: Follow @EdFelten44 and @WhiteHouseOSTP — and weigh in on the conversation on Twitter using #BackToTheFutureDay. 11:30 a.m. ET: A Twitter Q+A on the Future of Women in STEM Featuring: Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, NASA Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan, OSTP Principal Assistant Director for Environment and Energy Tammy Dickinson, and L'Or é al's 2015 U.S. Women in Science fellows . What you can do: Follow @USCTO  and @LOrealUSA  on Twitter, and weigh in on what you'd like to see women doing in STEM fields in 2045 using hashtag #WomenInScience. 1:00 p.m. ET: A Google+ Hangout on Understanding the Human Brain Featuring: OSTP Assistant Director for Neuroscience and Mental Health Monica Basco; OSTP Senior Policy Advisor Knatokie Ford; OSTP Assistant Director for Defense Programs (and neuroscientist) Chris Fall; Karl Deisseroth M.D., Ph.D., the D.H. Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University; Kevin Pearce, Snowboarder and BRAIN initiative activist; and Dr. Julie Brefczynksi-Lewis, Research Assistant Professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. What you can do:  Watch live right he re. ​ Get excited, and remember: Where we're going, we don't need roads. (Just kidding. We definitely do.  And by the way, Congress should fund them .)    

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