Gov 2.0 Events :  Gov 2.0 Expo  •  Gov 2.0 Summit and the Future of Citizen Engagement

Open Data and Web Services
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The team will take the audience through the process of proposing, developing, building, and deploying in the late-summer and early-fall of 2009.

The presentation will focus on four key areas:

- The future of government accountability and transparency,

- Utilizing cloud technologies in government to provide agile, flexible, robust, and secure development and production environments,

- The ongoing question of “government as wholesaler” vs “government as retailer” of critical data, and

- How social media technologies and networks can be leveraged to stimulate and deepen citizen engagement.

“The new,” the team proposed in the official response to the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board’s RFP, “will fuse dynamic, powerful charts, graphs, and maps and the human story of the recovery of our economy and the development of our future. will provide a vehicle through which citizens, developers, journalists, and policymakers can engage with and monitor the ongoing stimulus investment. It will both display compelling data visualizations and stories of the recovery and encourage the broadest possible community to share their data visualizations, photos, videos, and stories of the growth. By developing and deploying a dynamic platform with open data streams, customizable data visualization tools, and connectors to existing social networks, the new will enable the tracking of the investment while promoting its purpose and guiding its implementation.”

This presentation will give attendees of the conference a behind-the-scenes look at how this vision was achieved.

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Evan Burfield


Evan Burfield co-founded Synteractive in 2003 and in his role as Chairman and CEO, he is responsible for all aspects of corporate direction and strategy.

Evan launched his dynamic, entrepreneurial career in 1996 by founding netDecide, the leading provider of enterprise wealth management solutions to top tier financial service firms such as Bank of America and Ernst & Young. Under his leadership, netDecide won numerous analyst recommendations and accolades, including the Investor’s Choice Award by the Financial Services Outlook Conference in 2001. The company was sold to Informa Investment Solutions in 2003, at which time it was profitable with over $11 million in annual revenue.

Prior to Synteractive, Evan served as Director of Strategy for Oakwood Global Finance, a London-based global financial services firm focusing on building lending companies, acquiring and selling loan pools, issuing loan securitizations and structured credit products, and investing in support businesses. He served as the primary strategic advisor to the firm’s CEO, examining business models, markets, and potential new businesses and divestitures as well as managing the business planning process for new ventures.

Evan holds a First Class degree in Joint Honors Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St. Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford. While at Oxford, he won the Webb Medley prize for most outstanding thesis for his work on the effects of organizational incentives on knowledge sharing. Selected as one of the Top 40 Emerging Leaders in Washington, DC by Business Forward Magazine, Evan was a Finalist for the Greater Washington Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2001 as well named a 2001 Young Lion by the Washington Post.

Evan’s recent speaking engagements include the 2007 Creative Economy summit, the 2007 New New Internet Conference, and the 2008 DISA Conference—discussing the possibilities of advanced information technologies and organizational approaches to war fighting and peacekeeping.

Rusty Talbot


Rusty Talbot joined Synteractive in 2006 and is a Director in the Public Sector practice. In this capacity, Rusty is responsible for ensuring that business solution engineering teams provide successful solutions to client problems.

At Synteractive, he has focused on supporting a large goverment organization in a myriad of transformation projects. Rusty and his team are working to transition the organization from a traditional command-and-control organization—arranged around a geographic hierarchy—into an agile, learning organization with functional experts collaborating across multiple dimensions of expertise. To achieve these goals, Rusty and his team have supported the Corporate Information Director in developing strategy, defining policy, and conducting business analysis, as well as architecting and implementing integrated solutions based on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. This has included the design and creation of scalable, enterprise-wide implementations of MOSS 2007 for internet, extranet, and intranet.

Prior to Synteractive Rusty worked as a strategic marketing consultant for the Monitor Group, where he developed marketing strategies for pharmaceutical medications. To develop best practices for his team’s marketing strategies, Rusty developed and analyzed complex qualitative and quantitative market research surveys.

Rusty graduated magna cum Laude from Dartmouth College, where he earned a BA with high honors in history and a minor in anthropology. A fun fact? Rusty has completed a 3-week expedition up Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America.

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Rob Groat


Robert Groat is the Chief Technology Officer for Smartronix, a global leader in designing, deploying and securing enterprise technologies in some of the world’s largest and most complex infrastructures. As Program Manager for the 2.0 project, he led development of one of the largest publicly accessible SharePoint sites. It was also the first government-wide solution hosted in the Amazon cloud.

Mr. Groat has lectured at several conferences on Service Oriented Architectures, has co-published numerous papers on advanced optimization mathematics, holds a patent in numerical analyses methods, and was a finalist for IT Magazine’s Chief Technology Officer of the year.

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