Can government be cool? Federal
agencies, contractors, online developers and policy wonks will find out this
week at the Gov 2.0 Expo -- a forum for 21st century advocates across
the spectrum to learn about government interaction with technology, the Internet
and social media.
O'Reilly Media, the publishing and
technology development company, is co-sponsoring the three-day event along with UBM Tech Web. The Expo starts
Tues., May 25 at the Convention Center in downtown Washington, DC, and runs through Thursday.
Participating groups include government and defense departments and
contractors, foreign embassies, the Library of Congress, the American
Federation of Teachers, Google, IBM and universities nationwide. OhMyGov is a Gov 2.0 Expo media partner.
"We want to work on what matters,"
said Expo co-chair Laurel Ruma of O'Reilly. Ruma has been promoting the
conference as a Gov 2.0 "evangelist" by talking, tweeting and creating webcasts
explaining some of the planned programming.
"I've always been fascinated with
the government," Ruma told OhMyGov.com. "I
had a Census cupcake party this year."
Ruma referenced her Maine
upbringing where town hall meetings are a commonly used tool among politicians.
Many of the Expo's sessions will follow this brand of open forum discussion.
The idea of hosting this kind of
conference began two years ago, Ruma said, when O'Reilly founder Tim O'Reilly
approached the company's editorial staff about promoting and discussing "what
really matters"- things such as green technologies, "cloud computing," and programs
like Google mail that allow remote access to users.
Check out some of the marquee
sessions taking place at Gov 2.0 Expo this week:
a 24/7 Job in a 9-5 Culture: A Balancing Act for Government Workers on the Web
- Public transit and
transportation experts from San Francisco, Chicago and Massachusetts will host
a workshop about the nuances of government employees using social media in
their professional fields. (Tuesday at 9:00am in room 207B)
for the Army - Lt. Gen. Jeffrey
A. Sorenson, U.S. Army chief information officer, will outline the first Apps
for the Army contest to develop web, mobile and experimental applications for
Army personnel. (Tuesday at 5:10pm in Ballroom A)
Tech Clinic: Bring Us Your Problems - Through this veritable "Geek Squad" open forum, technologists, including host
organization O'Reilly Media founder and CEO Tim O'Reilly, will make themselves
available to help solve participants' government technical issues. (Wednesday
at 11:0am in the Expo Hall)
from Down Under: How Australia is Leading the World in Gov 2.0 - A
panel from varying levels of the
Australian federal and the private sectors will outline their country's Gov 2.0
initiatives, such as the recent move to publish their federal budget online. (Wednesday
at 11:00am in room 201)
Source Spying: 2010" -
Based on a 2006 in-depth New York Times Magazine article by the same name,
author Clive Thompson will discuss improvements in super-secret spy data
networks alongside other intelligence community experts. (Wednesday at
2:05pm in room 202A)
in the Cloud - A panel of
experts, including Peter Mell from the National Institute of Standards and
Technology, will discuss the security implications of cloud computing in
government agencies, businesses and other organizations. (Thursday at
11:45am in room 202B)
from Need-To-Know to Need-to-Share - Don Burke from the Central
Intelligence Agency will join other defense experts to present research into
safely sharing knowledge amongst government workers. (Thursday at 10:40am in
Featured speakers include:
* Dave Girouard, President, Google Enterprise
* Tim Berners-Lee, World Wide Web Consortium
* danah boyd, Microsoft Research
* Linda Cureton, NASA CIO
* Jack Dangermond, ESRI Founder and President
* Anil Dash, Expert Labs
* Mary Davie, General Services Administration
* Bill Eggers, Deloitte Director and author of
the book, Government 2.0
* Price Floyd, Principal Deputy Assistant
Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs
* Clay Johnson, Sunlight Labs Director
* Jeff Jonas, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Chief
Scientist IBM Entity Analytics
* Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media, Inc. Founder and
* Jay Parkinson, The Future Well Partner and
* Alec Ross, State Department Senior Adviser on
* Gary Vaynerchuk, VaynerMedia Partner and
Ruma suggested getting to the
conference early and bringing water and powerbars. But above all, she
encouraged engagement amongst participants.
"I have one assignment for
everyone," she said. "Ask one person you don't know, ‘What session did you
like?'" The Gov 2. Expo website has a
complete event listing.
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