About Gov 2.0 Summit

Experience Gov 2.0 Summit | Who Should Attend | Kudos for Gov 2.0 Summit | Program Committee | Conference Diversity

Government is too big, too intrusive, too powerful. Yet at the same time, it's clear that government is unable to keep up with all the problems of our world, to create a safety net for all our citizens, to manage the increasing complexity of our society. So we keep adding more programs, more deficits (under both Republican and Democratic administrations), more polarization, more paralysis. Tea parties, Congressional gridlock, outrage and hope - none of them have been enough to change the dynamic.

Is there another way? Lessons from computer technology, one of our most vibrant industries, might just show us a way to cut the Gordian knot.

Consider the iPhone. It started with a baker's dozen of applications including phone, address book, camera, web browser, maps, and the rest of the "usual suspects" available on other smartphones - but it now sports an astonishing 185,000 applications (with thousands more added every week), almost all built by companies other than Apple.

The personal computer and the World Wide Web likewise were platforms that sparked an explosion of creativity that reshaped the world. In each of these cases, there were a few magic ingredients, chief among them a simple, standardized set of rules for how third parties could extend and improve the system without first having to ask permission.

At its best, government too acts like a platform provider, making infrastructure investments that are initially too big or too risky for the private sector to contemplate, but then opening up that infrastructure in ways that allow the our free market economy to make the most of those investments. NOAA puts up weather satellites, but it's the private sector that delivers that information to citizens in a thousand inventive ways. The military put up GPS satellites, but it's the private sector that is delivering the latest generation of innovative location-based services.

These lessons are not lost on the latest generation of government technologists. President Obama's Open Government Initiative is about far more than government transparency, public participation, and collaboration. It's planting the seeds of a revolution in how government interacts with the private sector to generate innovative re-use of taxpayer funded assets. Government technologists across all branches of government are undertaking an ambitious set of initiatives that are aimed at turning government services into a platform for innovation.

Last year's inaugural Gov 2.0 Summit brought leaders from federal, state, and local government together with individual and corporate entrepreneurs, citizens, not-for-profits, and educators, to articulate and explore the idea of “government-as-platform”.

Join us at Gov 2.0 Summit 2010 and hear from the leaders and decision makers refining the concept of government-as-platform and exploring the ways in which it can be used for transformation; creating a community of Gov2.0 leaders who can push change forward and outward year-round; and answering the President’s call to strengthen our democracy.

Experience Gov 2.0 Summit

  • Two days of single track plenary sessions: talk-show style interviews with senior officials and senior executives
  • "High Order Bit" style demos and under-the-radar case studies designed to get across key concepts and tools, as well as the companies and individuals using them
  • Morning of second day will begin with a block of concurrent sponsored workshops before returning to plenary style
  • Intimate, focused gathering of public and private sector leadership

Who Should Attend

  • Thought leaders in Internet and government technology
  • Policy-makers
  • Elected officials
  • Senior management in city, state, and federal agencies
  • Technology leadership in all levels of government
  • Private-sector business leaders in the Internet industry interested in helping government
  • Government contractors and consultants
  • Public policy academics

Kudos for Gov 2.0 Summit

"Gov 2.0 Summit was exhilarating: there were good ideas and plenty, usually delivered rapid-fire by very bright people doing their damndest to bring a shining future into being." The Breaking Time

"Last week Tim O'Reilly held his debut Gov 2.0 conference in Washington. All the parts I saw were interesting and provocative...the conference was a valuable series of presentations, worth perusing especially if you're feeling blue about the general tone of American political 'discussion' these days and the fecklessness of many public efforts." James Fallows, The Atlantic

"Clearly designed as a conference to start but certainly not finish the conversation, last week's Gov 2.0 Summit assembled an impressive cast of presenters and interviewers. Key White House decision makers, government innovators and industry enthusiasts took the stage and lined the hallways for three days." Deb Bryant, Public Sector Communities Manager, Oregon State University Open Source Lab

"Both the Expo and Summit programs delivered a deluge of examples of exciting new approaches to connecting consumers of government services with the agencies and organizations that provide them...All in all, thought-provoking, well-executed events." Mary Laplante, Gilbane Group

"Gov 2.0 Expo and Summit in Washington, D.C., re-orients what Web 2.0 will mean, not just for consumers and the piranha pond of business interests, but also for citizens and the administration that serves us." Rachel Abrams, Good.Is

2009 Gov 2.0 Summit Program Committee

Program Chair

Tim O'ReillyTim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. Tim is a catalyst for change, identifying and evangelizing the knowledge of "alpha geeks" and technology trends before they hit the mainstream through his books, speaking engagements, and blog, the O'Reilly Radar. Known for popularizing the terms "open source" and "Web 2.0," Tim is an activist for open standards and sensible intellectual property laws. In addition to being a visionary, Tim is an entrepreneur: he created Safari Books Online, the first web-native service for online book content, and O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, which funds disruptors, innovators, and hackers of the status quo. In addition to Foo Camps ("Friends of O'Reilly" which gave rise to the "un-conference" movement), O'Reilly Media hosts conferences on a wide range of technology topics, including a new gathering called Gov 2.0 Summit, which explores how technology can be a transformative force in government.

Program Co-Chair

Richard P. O'NeillRichard P. O'Neill
Richard P. O'Neill is the founder and President of The Highlands Group. Dick previously served in government, in his last position as Deputy for Strategy and Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense. In 1994 he created, and still directs, The Highlands Forum, an internationally recognized idea engine and cross-disciplinary forum of leaders from industry, academia, government, the arts and the professions, to support government policy and strategy development. Since 2002 he has directed the Island Forum for the Republic of Singapore. Dick has briefed public and private sector leaders on a broad range of topics at the Presidential Commission on Diplomacy; Presidential Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection; President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board; Center for Strategic and International Studies; French Embassy (US-French Technology Issues); American Bar Association Committee on National Security and the Law. Additionally he has delivered lectures to the Institute for World Politics, Harvard University, Georgetown University, Tufts University, National Defense University, Naval Postgraduate School, Foreign Service Institute, the Meridian Institute, the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, and the Secretary of State Forum. He has published journal articles on conflict in the information age; and dichotic hearing, sensory overload, and decision making. He served in the United States Navy, retiring as a Captain.

Committee Members

Dr. Mark DrapeauDr. Mark Drapeau
Mark Drapeau is Co-Chair of the Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase and the Gov 2.0 Expo in May 2010. He holds the title of Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University, a professional military educational school under the direction of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Some of his NDU research was recently published in a report titled Social Software and National Security: An Initial Net Assessment. He is a frequent guest speaker and blogger on topics related to Government 2.0, social media, and science & technology.

Mark is a contributing columnist for O'Reilly Radar and Federal Computer Week, where he writes about emerging media technologies and the government; in addition, he writes satire and opinion for True/Slant. Mark is also a co-founder of Government 2.0 Club, an international platform for sharing knowledge about the intersection between technology and governance. Mark has a B.S. in evolutionary biology, a Ph.D. in animal behavior, conducted NIH-funded postdoctoral training in neuroscience, studied social behavior as part of the International Honeybee Genome Project, was a 2006-08 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in National Defense and Global Security, and is an avid mindcaster on "Twitter.

Clay JohnsonClay Johnson
Clay Johnson is an open government advocate. He is the former director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation where he led the organization's plunge into Open Source. He developed Sunlight's contest model into Apps for America and Design for America and under his leadership, Sunlight Labs became a community of 2000 developers and designers working to open their government. He was one of Federal computing Week's Fed 100 in 2010. Prior to Sunlight, Clay was one of the four founders of Blue State Digital, the organization that provided the technology and online strategy behind Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

Andrew McLaughlinAndrew McLaughlin
Andrew McLaughlin is a Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer. From 2004-2009, he was Director of Global Public Policy for Google, based in San Francisco. From November 2008-January 2009, Andrew served as a member of the Obama/Biden presidential transition team in Washington.

From 1998-2005, Andrew was a Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. From 1999-2002, Andrew worked to launch and manage the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), serving as Vice President, Chief Policy Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. ICANNis the Internet's technical coordinating organization, overseeing its systems of unique identifiers, such as domain names and IP addresses.

From 2002-2003, Andrew taught at Harvard Law while working on Internet and telecom law reform projects in a number of developing countries, including Ghana, Mongolia, Kenya, Afghanistan, and South Africa. He was a co-founder of CIPESA, a technology policy think-tank and advocacy center based at Makerere University in Uganda. Since joining Google, Andrew has continued that work as a co-leader of Google's Africa strategy team, and a member of the Board of Directors of Bridges.org, an international non-profit organization based in Cape Town.

Andrew's undergraduate degree is from Yale University, and his law degree is fromHarvard Law School.

After clerking on the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Andrew started his legal career at Jenner & Block in Washington DC, where he focused on appellate ligitation and constitutional law. He was a member of the legal team that challenged the U.S. government's first Internet censorship law—the Communications Decency Act—resulting in the Supreme Court's landmark 1997 Internet free speech ruling. From 1997-98, Andrew served as counsel to the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee.

In 2000, Time Magazine named Andrew one of its Digital Dozen. In 2001, he was named a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the Young Leaders Forum of the National Committee on US-China Relations.

Chris SaccaChris Sacca
Christopher Sacca is a venture investor, private equity principal, company advisor, and entrepreneur managing a portfolio of over a dozen consumer web, mobile, and wireless technology start-ups as well as an array of mature enterprises through his holding company, Lowercase Capital. Previously, Chris served as Head of Special Initiatives at Google Inc. In that role, among other responsibilities, he headed up the alternative access division. His most visible projects include Google's 700MHz and TV white spaces spectrum initiatives, the company's groundbreaking data center in The Dalles, OR and Google's free citywide WiFi network in Mountain View, CA. Chris also spearheaded many of Google's business development and M&A transactions.

Most recently, Chris proudly worked on President Barack Obama's campaign as a Telecommunications, Media, and Technology advisor, a speaking surrogate, a field office volunteer, and as Co-Chair of Finance and a Trustee of the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

The Wall Street Journal cited Sacca as "possibly the most influential businessman in America." He was also recently recognized as a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, annually selecting 20 of the world's most promising leaders and public servants under the age of 45. In addition, Chris serves as an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School at Oxford University.

Before joining Google, Chris held a number of executive roles at one of the world's largest streaming and digital media distribution companies, Speedera Networks (acquired by Akamai Technologies), and was ultimately responsible for their legal and corporate development efforts. Prior to Speedera, Chris was an attorney with the Silicon Valley law firm of Fenwick & West where he handled venture capital, mergers & acquisitions, and licensing transactions for technology clients such as Macromedia, VeriSign, and Kleiner Perkins. Before arriving in Silicon Valley, Mr. Sacca lived and worked in Europe and Latin America.

Chris graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center where he was a member of The Tax Lawyer law review and was honored as the school's Philip A. Ryan and Ralph J. Gilbert Memorial Scholar. He also graduated cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and was an Edmund Evans Memorial Scholar as well as a Weeks Family Foundation Scholar. Chris also attended university at each of Universidad Católica del Ecuador in Quito, Ecuador, University College Cork, in Cork, Ireland, and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain.

Chris lives in San Francisco and is an avid Pacifica surfer, San Mateo kitesurfer, Lake Tahoe skier, and Ironman triathlete.

John ScottJohn Scott
John Scott is the Director of Open Source Software and Integration at Mercury Federal Systems with deep expertise in engineered systems and bridging the gap between decision-makers, scientists and engineers to develop policies for acquiring and deploying new technologies in the Department of Defense and US Government. He has focused his career on investigating and developing ideas for how large organizations design, construct and evolve extremely complex systems to meet National Security needs.

John currently leads the Defense Department’s Open Technology Development (OTD) initiative, sponsored by the Office of Secretary of Defense Advanced Systems & Concepts. OTD lays the groundwork for streamlined adoption of open source methodologies within DoD, which includes both the adoption of private sector open source software and the formation of internal communities of interest around DoD systems, including classified systems. The impact of these shifts in policy and business process include not only increased agility for the U.S. military, but also an enhanced ability to securely share capabilities with allies and bring both data and technology to bear in disaster response and humanitarian assistance operations.

Jim StogdillJim Stogdill
Jim Stogdill is a group CTO for a large technology consultancy where he advocates the development of open source software in government and defense. He believes, perhaps naively, that open source can help break the proprietary lock in business model that is the norm in that space. In previous lives he built B2B reverse auction systems, brought heuristic-based optimization and online trading to the corporate treasury, and traveled the world as a Navy Officer. Unfortunately from his vantage point it all looked like the inside of a submarine. He spends his free time hacking silver halides with decidedly low-tech gear. He's on twitter as @jstogdill

Lena TrudeauLena Trudeau
Lena E. Trudeau is a Vice President at the National Academy of Public Administration. In this capacity, she leads the National Academy's work for the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of State and the National Park Service. In addition, Lena directs the Collaboration Project, an independent forum of leaders committed to leveraging web 2.0 and the benefits of collaborative technology to solve government's complex problems.

Lena brings over 15 years of consulting and management experience to the National Academy, leading multi-million dollar engagements for clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Immediately prior to joining the National Academy, she served as Vice President of Consulting Services for Ambit Group, a strategy and technology consulting firm dedicated to the federal marketplace. Previously, she has held positions at Nokia, the world leader in mobility, at Touchstone Consulting (now SRA, Inc.), and in the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada.

Lena received a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Ottawa.

Conference Diversity

O'Reilly Media and UBM TechWeb believe in spreading the knowledge of innovators. We believe that innovation is enhanced by a variety of perspectives, and our goal is to create an inclusive, respectful conference environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations.

We're actively seeking to increase the diversity of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors through our calls for proposals, other open submission processes, and through dialogue with the larger communities we serve.

This is an ongoing process. We are talking to our program chairs, program committees, and various innovators, experts, and organizations about this goal and about ways they can help us achieve it.

Here are some ways you can help us build a more diverse conference experience:

  • Recommend appropriate speakers and/or program committee members to the conference chairs (see individual O'Reilly and UBM TechWeb conference sites for program information; you may also send an email to diversity@oreilly.com)
  • Forward our call for proposals to relevant affinity groups with the message that we are looking for a diverse speaker roster
  • Suggest to potential speakers that they submit a proposal during our Call for Participation conference phase (see individual O'Reilly conference sites for details)
  • Organize community-based public speaking trainings and practice events (Ignite is one popular format)
  • Suggest ways that the onsite conference experience can be more welcoming and supportive, free from intimidation and marginalization (send an email to diversity@oreilly.com)
  • Share your ideas and best practices for how we can realize our vision (send an email to diversity@oreilly.com)

We value diversity in the communities we bring together, and we welcome your contributions to bringing balanced representation of the richness of our collective human experience.

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