On September 22, 2011, we launched We the People to give Americans a new way to petition their government around issues they care about. Since then, more than 15 million users have participated, collecting more than 22 million signatures on more than 360,000 petitions. And to celebrate its third birthday, we hosted our first-ever meetup for We the People users and petition creators right here at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Meetup participants toured the White House, then spent the afternoon across the street at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where they discussed their experience using the petitions platform and heard from Administration officials.
During the afternoon session, they spoke with Megan Smith, the government's Chief Technology Officer, Paulette Aniskoff, Director of the Office of Public Engagement, and James Kvaal, Deputy Director of the Domestic Policy Council. Finally, the petition creators and signers capped off their day meeting with Press Secretary Josh Earnest to talk broadly about how new technologies have changed the way the government engages with media and with the public.
Check out their day at the White House below and over on Storify.