UPDATE: The federal Chief Information Officer, Steven VanRoekel, has been announced as the morning keynote at FOSE on April 3. He will speak at 8:45 a.m., and the speech will be open to all FOSE attendees. More information to follow soon.
There's a new look this year for a venerable Washington institution, the annual FOSE Conference and Expo.
One of the biggest government IT events in town will get even larger, bringing 5 conferences under one (very large) roof.
For three days next month — April 3-5, 2012 — FOSE will take over the Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C., with concurrent conferences on hot topics in the government technology and security world:
Cloud & Virtualization
Records & Information Management
FOSE prides itself on running an education- and networking-focused program with case studies, tools, tips and tricks for use at your agency or organization. Conference sessions are strictly a "no selling zone." (Head to the Expo floor to hear about products & services.)
Each of the conferences features a full slate of presenters and in-depth sessions. There are also keynotes from leading government and industry figures: On Tuesday, April 3, author Tom Koulopolous, Author of The Innovation Zone, will present on FutureTech: IT's Impact on Your Enterprise and Your Life. On Wednesday, April 4, George Mitchell, the former U.S. Senator and Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, will be speaking on Turmoil in the Middle East: What Changes in Technology Mean to Global Security & Peace, and Admiral Eric Olson will talk about Using Technology to Empower the New Fighter Warrior: Lessons from the “Bull Frog” Seal Commander.
Other keynote speakers include Susan Swart, the CIO at the State Department's Bureau of Information Resource Management, Dawn Meyerriecks of the Office of the Director for National Intelligence, Judith Marks, CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Linda Brooks Rix, President of Avue Technologies, and Anne Armstrong of 1105 Media.
Education and Expo
Also at FOSE this year are "Education Theaters" that offer 40-minute solutions sessions that are open to all attendees, on teleworking, IT management, human resources, and cloud computing to name a few. Sample session: "Telework to take your agency anywhere. Securely connect using virtualization!"
The Expo Hall will feature 250+ top solution providers showcasing their latest innovations and services.
A popular spot at FOSE is "Agency Avenue", where federal agencies set up shop to talk about their recent IT achievements and share details to help others in government succeed.
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And whether you're there in person or not, be sure to follow all the action from the Conference and Expo floor via social media by following @FOSE on Twitter and tracking the hashtag #FOSE. Each day during the show, OhMyGov will be spotlighting the top tweets and social media sharers at FOSE. Check out our reports here on the FOSE Insights blog and here on OhMyGov.com. The conference organizers are also on Facebook and LinkedIn.