Gov 2.0 Events :  Gov 2.0 Expo  •  Gov 2.0 Summit

Schedule: Speakers

Susie Adams
Susie Adams (Microsoft Corporation)

Susie Adams is the Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Federal’s Civilian business. She has over 25 years experience in IT and Computer Science and has held numerous leadership positions at Microsoft as well as several Washington area IT consulting organizations. In her present role she is responsible for managing all technical planning and IT decisions for a $600 million dollar business. Susie is noted for her leadership in standing up Microsoft’s Technology Center for the Washington DC region and is an accomplished author on the topics of IT Integration and Web development. Her most recent a book is on the development of standards based Office Business Applications. Susie is a graduate George Mason University.

Patrick Allen
Patrick Allen (State of Oregon, Dept. of Consumer & Business Services)

Patrick Allen is the Acting Administrator of Oregon’s Building Codes Division, a part of the Department of Consumer and Business Services. There he manages a staff of over 100 employees responsible for setting state standards for plumbing, electrical, structural and other construction work, providing inspections for specialized structures like boilers and elevators, licensing construction trades, and overseeing the administration of the building code through local building departments across Oregon. He is currently responsible for the design and implementation of a first-in-the-nation statewide on-line building permit system. Mr. Allen has been with the Building Codes Division since 2007.

Prior to his current job, Mr. Allen managed Oregon’s Office of Regulatory Streamlining. There he was responsible for guiding the efforts of state agencies to make their business... Read More.

Anne Armstrong
Anne Armstrong (1105 Government Information Group)

Anne Armstrong has more than thirty years experience in technology journalism and publishing. She was a member of the Federal Computer Week launch team in 1987, and has worked on both the editorial and business sides. She began her career as a science journalist, and started Langley Publications, a research and newsletter company. Armstrong served as president of Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) from 1999 to 2002. She holds degrees from Vanderbilt University and Johns Hopkins University, and represents 1105 on ABM’s Government Affairs Committee.

Philip Ashlock
Philip Ashlock (, General Services Administration), @philipashlock

Phil helps create digital civic infrastructure to support civic engagement and open government. He’s spearheaded community-driven civic technology initiatives with global reach like the Open311 standard for interacting with government through an open feedback channel. He is currently the Chief Architect at where he leads an open development process and helps implement a federated architecture to support open data and APIs across government. Previously, he served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow working with the GSA and the White House Office of Digital Strategy on Project MyUSA.

William (Bill) Balko
William (Bill) Balko (Defense Information Systems Agency)

Bill Balko’s current position is located at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and assigned to the three Mission Area Divisions, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Strategic Planning and Information Directorate (SPI), and the Chief of Technology Officer (CTO). Bill is responsible for studying the business issues and data challenges across the agency. Identifying DISA’s strengths and weaknesses and suggests areas of improvement based on the requirements, specifications, and current business processes making recommendations and proposing changes based on current and projected performance metrics contained in the strategic documentation; develop new business practices using new/emerging technology solutions.

Michael Bean
Michael Bean (Forio Simulations), @ablemachine

Michael Bean is co-founder and president Forio Simulations, a software company specializing in developing web simulations that improve decision-making. Michael has consulted with corporations and government agencies and conducted scenario planning and computer simulation seminars to corporations and government agencies worldwide.

Brian Behlendorf
Brian Behlendorf (The Hyperledger Project at the Linux Foundation), @brianbehlendorf

Brian Behlendorf is the collaboration advisor for the CONNECT project, bringing a depth of experience in open source projects to the team.

Co-founder and board member of various non-profits and for-profits in the tech sector, most specifically focused on Open Source: CollabNet, the Apache Software Foundation, and Mozilla. Now helping various collaboration and Open Source software initiatives in DC.

Ben Berkowitz
Ben Berkowitz (SeeClickFix)

Ben Berkowitz is the cofounder and CEO of SeeClickFix, a company born out of Ben’s frustration with traditional civic communication methods with local government. Through SeeClickFix, Ben has been able to set a precedent of transparency and public feedback in the local service request process. Nearly three million block-level neighborhood issues have been resolved on SeeClickFix, and both the platform and Ben’s leadership in civic tech have served as examples of web technology shaping the future of civics.

Tim Berners-Lee
Tim Berners-Lee (World Wide Web Consortium)

A graduate of Oxford University, England, in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.

He is the 3COM Founders Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he also heads the Decentralized Information Group (DIG). He is also a Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University... Read More.

Lukas Biewald
Lukas Biewald (Weights & Biases), @l2k

Lukas Biewald is the founder and chief data scientist of Weights & Biases, a data enrichment platform that taps into an on-demand workforce to help companies collect training data and do human-in-the-loop machine learning. Previously, he led the Search Relevance team for Yahoo Japan and worked as a senior data scientist at Powerset. Lukas was recognized by Inc. magazine as a 30 under 30. Lukas holds a BS in mathematics and an MS in computer science from Stanford University. He is also an expert Go player.

Maury Blackman
Maury Blackman (Accela, Inc.)

Maury Blackman has been CEO of Accela, Inc. since 2007. He joined the company in 2000 with years of experience managing Internet enterprises, evaluating emerging technologies, and establishing long-term strategic partnerships. He has served in a variety of business-development capacities at Accela, most recently as senior vice president of sales and marketing. Under his leadership, company sales realized triple digit growth, surpassing $40 million in the trailing four quarters prior to his 2007 appointment to president and CEO and to the Accela board of directors.

Prior to joining Accela, Mr. Blackman served as president of Telebuild, LLC, a leading Internet solution provider for construction professionals and architects. During his tenure, he forged successful relationships with construction industry cornerstones such as The American... Read More.

Kate Bladow
Kate Bladow (Pro Bono Net), @kbladow

Kate joined Pro Bono Net in August 2006 and coordinates projects related to automated document assembly as the NPADO Project Coordinator. Kate earned a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota. After graduating in 2002, she became an Americorps*VISTA for Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) in Helena, Montana and worked on Montana and Montana After her year of service, she transitioned to MLSA’s Technology Project Coordinator and her role expanded to include working on document assembly, video conferencing, and LiveHelp. She lives in Baltimore.

André Blas
André Blas (WebCitizen)

André Blas is an anthropologist and documentarian, whose experience stems from his work in both main-stream media conglomerates (AOL Time Warner), non-profit cultural organizations such as the Getty and Freewaves, and in the public sphere.

Blas is currently working with WebCitizen, an innovative Brazilian company that aims to foster civic engagement and bring citizens closer to each other, and to their governments, working towards their goal of a more transparent and open society.

Blas is a board member of Freewaves, which produces the the largest biennial media arts festival in the US.

Adam Blum
Adam Blum (Rhomobile), @rhomobile

Adam Blum is CEO of Rhomobile, the open mobile framework company, and a seasoned speaker. He is a longtime CTO/VP of Engineering of several successful startups in the web services and mobile spaces (Commerce One, Systinet, Good, Mobio). He is also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon and advisor to several other
software companies.

Richard Boly
Richard Boly (U.S. Department of State), @beaurichly

Richard Boly a career U.S. diplomat and currently the Director of the Office of eDiplomacy, an applied technology think tank for the U.S. Department of State. Previously, he was a National Security Affairs Fellow the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he launched the Global Entrepreneurship Program. He recently served in U.S. Embassy, Rome, where he developed and ran a program to promote entrepreneurship in Italy. Other embassy assignments include the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Paraguay. Richard is the most junior diplomat to win the Cobb Award for commercial diplomacy. In a prior life, he was the first Presidential Management Fellow with the Inter-American Foundation, was a consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank, and founded and ran a shrimp hatchery in coastal Ecuador.... Read More.

Joe Boutte

Joe Boutte, Strategic Advisor, TASC. Joe has over 29 years of experience in information technology, strategy development, and military intelligence operations. Joe retired from the Army’s Military Intelligence Corps in 1997. He served in various Military Intelligence units to include assignments in Europe, Central America, and various locations in the United States in airborne reconnaissance units such as Guardrail and Air Reconnaissance Low. Joe is a graduate of the George Washington University Knowledge Management Graduate Program (Masters of Engineering Management) and is currently finalizing his dissertation with the University of Phoenix. His dissertation topic is “Enhancing Information Technology Decision Making in the Intelligence Community: A Delphi Study”. Joe is particularly interested in information sharing, collaboration, and the development of knowledge management processes to support... Read More.

danah boyd
danah boyd (Microsoft Research | Data & Society), @zephoria

danah boyd is the founder and president of Data & Society, a research institute focused on understanding the role of data-driven technologies in society, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, and a visiting professor in NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. danah’s research focuses on the intersection of technology, society, and policy. She is currently doing work on questions related to bias in big data and artificial intelligence, how people negotiate privacy and publicity, and the social ramifications of using data in education, criminal justice, labor, and public life. For over a decade, she examined how American youth incorporate social media into their daily practices in light of different fears and anxieties that the public has about young people’s engagement with technologies like MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,... Read More.

David Bray
David Bray (Science and Technology Policy Institute, IDA)

• Research Staff Member with the Science and Technology Policy Institute in Washington, DC; served as a strategic advisor to multiple government agencies and businesses on intra- and inter-organizational knowledge strategies and author of 40+ research papers, peer-reviewed research articles, and technology case studies; Visiting Associate faculty member at the National Defense University’s Information Resource Management College.

• 14+ years leading enterprise collaboration projects, strategic and emergency operations, $61M+ budget formulations, research efforts, and inter-organizational knowledge sharing endeavors; received the CDC Director’s Agency-Wide Honor Award in 2004, DHHS Secretary’s Award in 2004 for SARS and monkeypox response and in 2002 for anthrax response the year prior.

• IT Chief for the CDC’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program (BPRP), led program’s technology... Read More.

Judy Brewer
Judy Brewer (W3C)

Judy Brewer directs the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). She has coordinated five areas of work with regard to Web accessibility since 1997, ensuring that W3C technologies (HTML, CSS, SMIL, XML, etc.) support accessibility; developing accessibility guidelines for Web content and applications, browsers and media players, and authoring tools; improving tools for evaluation and repair of Web sites; developing resources for education and outreach on Web accessibility; and monitoring research and development which may impact future accessibility of the Web. WAI guidelines include the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, developed through a collaborative effort with individuals and organizations around the world, and adopted by an increasing number of governments to ensure accessibility of... Read More.

Pam Broviak
Pam Broviak (City of Geneva, Illinois), @pbroviak

Licensed (Illinois) professional engineer experienced in municipal engineering and public works. Also interested and experienced in virtual worlds and online tools and communities and working to help others explore how these tools can enhance the engineering/public works industry. In pursuit of this endeavor I publish an online magazine, Grid Works, that explores how Web 2.0 and virtual worlds are used by the engineering and the public works industry.

Evan Burfield
Evan Burfield (Synteractive), @eburfield

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... Read More.

Kirsten Burgard
Kirsten Burgard (Department of Veterans Affairs), @uniongal

Kirsten Burgard entered federal service as a loan specialist at the Cleveland Regional Loan Center (RLC), an office of the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1997. Ms. Burgard moved to the St. Paul RLC in the winter of 1999 to assist in the implementation of a Quality Control team for home loan reviews. She was promoted to VA’s central office in the summer of 2000 to write VA loan policy. At Central Office, Ms. Burgard became involved in the Loan Guaranty division web presence, maintaining content for the site and recommending innovative solutions to meet the needs of veterans and lenders. In the spring of 2007, Ms. Burgard moved to the Office of Information and Technology (OI&T)to work in the office of IT... Read More.

Don Burke (Central Intelligence Agency )

Don Burke is a leading proponent of the Enterprise 2.0 ethos within the Intelligence Community and is currently the “Intellipedia Doyen”, which is a role he has held since the spring of 2006. In this role he is partnered with other early adopters in an effort to demonstrate the value of social software tools, educate the Community on how to use these tools, and advocate for improvements to the environment with the goal of improving our ability to capture our knowledge and expertise. Mr. Burke is currently employed by the CIA’s Chief Information Officer and has a diverse 19+ year background in the Federal Government working a wide range of technical and analytical issues including collection, technical analysis, congressionally directed actions, direct support to operations,... Read More.

Matthew Burton
Matthew Burton (The Open Source ACH Project,, @matthewburton

Matthew Burton is a technology consultant to the U.S. Government. He writes frequently on technology’s impact on democracy and government, and authored the opening chapter of O’Reilly’s “Open Government.”

His newest project, launched this August, is, an open source research and problem solving tool created originally for the intelligence community but with broad applications throughout all levels of government.

Danette Campbell (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office)

Danette Campbell is the Senior Advisor for Telework at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive telework and hoteling programs for agency employees in order to address productivity, employee retention, and space management issues.

Prior to starting at USPTO in January 2006, Ms. Campbell was employed at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments where she was responsible for the oversight of public and private sector telework in the Washington metropolitan region. During her tenure at COG, Ms. Campbell was instrumental in the design, development, and promotion of such programs as Telework Virginia and the Telework Partnership with Employers. She has held the position of Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Telework Advisory Council and played a... Read More.

Dominic Campbell
Dominic Campbell (FutureGov)

Dominic is a digital government and social innovation entrepreneur with a background in government policy, communications and engagement.

Having spent 5 years in local government, Dominic established FutureGov Consultancy in early 2008. FutureGov supports central and local government in the UK to better understand and draw on social technology in the areas of digital democracy and public service innovation.

Dominic is also co-founder of social web start-ups Enabled by Design, a dot org social start up and winners of the inaugural Social Innovation Camp, and TweetyHall, helping people to find and connect with their local politicians on social network site Twitter.

Jeffrey Carr
Jeffrey Carr (GreyLogic, Inc.), @jeffreycarr

Jeffrey Carr is the CEO of, the founder and principal investigator of Project Grey Goose, and the author of Inside Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underworld (O’Reilly Media, 2009). Mr. Carr regularly consults with agencies of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) on Russian and Chinese cyber warfare strategy and tactics as well as new and emerging threats to Critical Infrastructure.

Michael Carroll (FEDISM)

As a FEDSIM Acquisition Project Manager he analyzes and develops requirements and evaluation criteria for large scale Information Technology procurements. He ensures that each procurement will proceeds in accordance with the parent contract and applicable guidance and regulations. He has served as the Technical Evaluation Board Chairperson for dozens major systems integration acquisitions. The value of these solicitations has been from $10 million up to $600 million each. During his 30 year career he has worked for the Federal Government and in the private secton and served six years on active duty in the U.S. Navy. He has two masters degrees in Management Information Systems and Contracts and Acquisition Management from the George Washington University and the Florida Institute of Technology respectively.

Meghan Casey
Meghan Casey (Brain Traffic), @meghscase

Meghan Casey is a content strategist at Brain Traffic, the world’s leading agency devoted exclusively to content. With extensive experience in marketing communications and a master’s degree in public administration, Meghan is uniquely qualified to talk about creating and managing content in the public sector. Meghan is a regular speaker on content strategy topics, and she helps a wide variety of clients – from start up non-profits to Fortune 50 companies – solve messy content problems every day.

Max Chafkin
Max Chafkin (Inc. magazine)

Max Chafkin is a senior writer with Inc. magazine, where he has profiled
companies such as Yelp, Zappos, Twitter, and Threadless. He wrote Inc.’s
April 2010 cover story on telework, part of a month-long experiment during which
the entire magazine staff worked from home. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Photo courtesy of Inc. magazine.

Michelle Chronister
Michelle Chronister (U.S. General Services Administration)

Michelle Chronister is a Presidential Management Fellow in the Federal Citizen Information Center at the U.S. General Services Administration. She works as a web content manager for

Mary Martha Churchman
Mary Martha Churchman (U.S. Department of Transportation)

Mary Martha Churchman works for the Federal Transit Administration in its Washington, D.C. headquarters. Since January 2008 she has served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Program Management. Among other responsibilities, she oversees the work of the team implementing the United We Ride initiative to promote coordination of public transit with human service transportation. Since January, 2009, she has been actively involved in the development of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and implementation of FTA’s Recovery Act Programs.

From 2001 through 2007 she served as Director of the Office of Transit Programs, where she was responsible for administration of the major FTA formula and discretionary grant programs, including the urbanized and non-urbanized formula programs, the formula program for elderly and... Read More.

Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper is vice president of special initiatives at NearForm, an Irish tech firm. Previously, she was head of open source software at PayPal, CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation, chief open source evangelist for Sun, and senior director of open source strategies for Intel. Danese was also the inaugural chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She concentrates on creating healthy open source communities and has served on the boards of Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, the Open Source Hardware Association, and she’s advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation. Danese also runs a successful open source consultancy that counts the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the SETI Institute, Harris, and Numenta as clients. She’s been known to knit through meetings.

Tony Coppoletta
Tony Coppoletta (Chicago Transit Authority)

Tony manages and produces the CTA’s Web site, as well as working on ways to help the agency better communicate meaningful information to its customers. This includes initiatives to get timely and relevant information for transit users anywhere and everywhere.

Peter Corbett
Peter Corbett (iStrategyLabs)

Peter Corbett is the founder and CEO of iStrategyLabs — an interactive agency that develops creative solutions to clients’ challenges and brings them to life in the digital and physical world. Peter has won multiple industry awards, including 2 Addys in 2010, the Great Washington DC Board of Trade’s “One To Watch” award for being “A rising entrepreneur who has a bright and sustainable future in Greater Washington”, has been named one of the most influential Washingtonians under 40 by WashingtonLife Magazine and is a “Top 25 Most Fascinating Communicator in Government IT” according to GovFresh.

Washingtonian Magazine included him in their Tech Titan list of the top 100 people shaping technology innovation in the greater capital area and Government Technology magazine... Read More.

Cammie Croft
Cammie Croft (Department of Energy), @Kookycam

Cammie Croft comes to the White House from the Obama-Biden Transition Project, where she served as the Deputy New Media Director, specializing in online communications. Prior to that, as the New Media Rapid Response Manager for the Obama for America campaign, she oversaw efforts to integrate new media and communications, including managing websites such as and Before joining the campaign, Croft built the tracking and media monitoring program at Progressive Accountability, a rapid-response communications advocacy campaign that provided video of Republican Presidential candidates for the mass public. Croft also worked as the Rapid Response Mobilization Director for Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, where she led their new media efforts, working with’s online tools to mobilize Americans opposed to the war. Croft holds... Read More.

Alistair Croll
Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting), @acroll

Alistair Croll is an entrepreneur with a background in web performance, analytics, cloud computing, and business strategy. In 2001, he cofounded Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011) and has since helped launch Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, and several other early-stage companies. He works with startups on business acceleration and advises a number of larger companies on innovation and technology. A sought-after public speaker on data-driven innovation and the impact of technology on society, Alistair has founded and run a variety of conferences, including Cloud Connect, Bitnorth, and the International Startup Festival, and is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata Data Conference. He has written several books on technology and business, including the best-selling Lean Analytics. Alistair tries to mitigate his chronic ADD by writing... Read More.

Ian Cross
Ian Cross (I-SITE), @uthlidian

Ian Cross is the founder and CEO of I-SITE, an award-winning interactive design and marketing firm based in Philadelphia. He has led the company from a start-up to a nationally recognized firm with a broad range of clients that include National Dairy Council, Anacostia Watershed Society, Virunga National Park and Deloitte,

With a background in ergonomics, marketing and entrepreneurship, Ian is highly active in the Philadelphia region’s economic development community. He co-founded PANMA, the Philadelphia New Media Association, and has served on the boards of a number of regional organizations focused on the creative economy. He currently chairs the Creative Economy Committee of Philadelphia Mayor Nutter’s Cultural Advisory Council.

Born and raised in England, Ian holds a degree in Ergonomics from Loughborough... Read More.

John Crowley
John Crowley (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and STAR-TIDES), @jcrowley

John coordinates a community of developers who build solutions for big problems in humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations. One of those issues is how to create a bridge between governments, NGOs, and stressed populations using crowdsourcing and other forms of collective intelligence.

Supporting the STAR-TIDES initiative at the National Defense University, he led a tiger team to connect crowdsourcing communities with the U.S. Southern Command’s emergency operations centre during the Haiti response. Between earthquakes, John coordinates the “Camp Roberts” RELIEF experiments through the Naval Postgraduate School—a program that gathers participants from responder communities and challenges them to swarm around shared problems. Through the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, John is expanding an existing program in crisis mapping to include the theory and practice... Read More.

John Crupi

John Crupi is CTO of JackBe Corporation, an enterprise mashup platform provider, supporting some of the most advanced and secure mashup implementations in the US Government. John is co-author of Core ‘J2EE Patterns,’ has been featured on the Fox Business Network, and has been named as a member of the Software Development Magazine’s Dream Team and a Washington Tech Titan.

Linda Cureton
Linda Cureton (NASA)

Linda Y. Cureton is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As NASA CIO, she provides the requisite leadership to transform the management of information technology (IT) capabilities and services to support and enable NASA’s mission. She ensures that the Agency’s information resource management (IRM) strategy is in alignment with NASA’s vision, mission, and strategic goals. Accordingly, Ms. Cureton ensures the development of integrated IRM strategies, including standards, policies, NASA Enterprise Architecture, IT security, management, and operations. She has the responsibility, authority and accountability for ensuring that NASA’s information assets are selected, controlled and evaluated consistent with federal policies, procedures, and legislation.

Ms. Cureton was appointed as the NASA CIO... Read More.

Kevin Curry
Kevin Curry (Bridgeborn, Inc.), @kmcurry

City Camp Head Counselor, Bridgeborner, Va Beacher, Family Guy

Technology Executive with experience in information technology, product/new business development, and business management. Strategic decision maker capable of navigating near term situations while steering toward long term corporate goals. Eleven years experience from post graduate education and industry in advanced visualization, human computer interaction, data portability, interoperability, web services, and distributed computing. Pioneer in Extract, Transform, Load – Visualize (ETL-V), a category he created at Bridgeborn. Specializing around distance learning, training, business intelligence, collaboration, information sharing, and information management activities in government and commercial sectors. Hands-on product manager. Skilled writer and communicator.

ETL-V, visualization, human-computer interaction (HCI), distributed systems, web services, data portability, interoperability, W3C standards, SOA, Web 2.0, collaboration,... Read More.

Jack Dangermond

Jack Dangermond is the founder and president of Esri. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Redlands, California, Esri is widely recognized as the technical and market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, pioneering innovative solutions for working with spatial data on the desktop, across the enterprise, in the field, and on the Web. Esri has the largest GIS software install base in the world with more than one million users in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide.

Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization of over 2,900 employees, known internationally for GIS software development, training, and services.

Dangermond holds ten honorary doctorates from California Polytechnic University-Pomona, State University of New York at Buffalo, Technical University... Read More.

Anil Dash
Anil Dash (Activate), @anildash

Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, technologist and writer acknolwedged as a “blogging pioneer” by the New Yorker for having started his site in 1999 as one of the earliest and most influential blogs on the Internet. Today his work focuses on applying the pioneering techniques and technologies of the startup world in order to transform major institutions in government, media and culture. To achieve these goals, Dash founding Expert Labs in 2009 to enable citizens to connect with government policy makers through social networks, and co-founded Activate in 2009 to help the world’s major media and technology companies reinvent their business strategies. In addition, Dash is an active advisor to many of the most prominent technology startups and non-profit organizations.

Dash is a member... Read More.

Mary Davie
Mary Davie (General Services Administration), @marydavie

Mary Davie is the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). As the Assistant Commissioner, Mary is responsible for overseeing the acquisition and delivery of $4B in information technology and professional services products, services and solutions to federal agency customers worldwide.

Prior to her current position, Mary served as the Acting Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Customer Accounts and Research in FAS. Mary led business development and marketing efforts intended to increase customer awareness and satisfaction with GSA products, services and solutions. She was responsible for developing strategy and planning for new business, developing customer relationship management and account management strategies and policies, and leading teams of GSA employees to... Read More.

Robert Davis
Robert Davis (San Jose Police Department)

Chief Robert Davis has strong roots in the San Jose community, graduating from south
San Jose’s Dartmouth Junior High School and Branham High School. Chief Davis
completed volunteer service in Argentina for his church from 1977-1979, where he honed
his Spanish speaking skills. He graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A.
Degree in English with Honors, graduated summa cum laude from Golden Gate
University with a Masters of Public Administration Degree, and is a graduate of Federal
Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy and the FBI’s National Executive
Institute Program. As of November 1, 2009, Chief Davis will serve as the President of
the Major Cities... Read More.

Noel Dickover
Noel Dickover (Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO), Commercial Technologies & Systems Directorate (contractor)), @NoelDickover

Noel Dickover is a co-founder of CrisisCommons, and an independent consultant with over nineteen years professional experience focused on all aspects of human performance technology. His areas of expertise include: social software/Web 2.0 strategy & implementation, online community building, risk management, performance centered learning, needs assessment, usability design, work culture transformation, and group-based facilitation. He has consulted within a number of Federal agencies, including USAID, Health and Human Services, and the Department of Defense. Currently, he is supporting the DoD CIO’s office on social software and emerging technology. He has an MS degree in Cybernetics and General Systems Theory focusing on organizational change and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. As a consultant to the Department of Defense, Noel has served as one of the... Read More.

Christopher Dorobek
Christopher Dorobek (Federal News Radio 1500 AM), @cdorobek

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris. He is also the strategist for, and the founder, publisher and editor of the, a leading blog for the Federal IT community. And in 2010, he was awarded Federal Computer Week’s prestigious Federal 100 Award — the first working journalist win that award in its more than 20 year history.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 17 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105... Read More.

Christopher Dufour
Christopher Dufour (, @Du4

Christopher Dufour is a former founding member of the IED Task Force Tech Team. He has worked for multiple defense and intelligence contractors on a variety of interagency irregular warfare, strategic communication, influence operations, and public diplomacy projects. He attained his MA in Government & Communications from Johns Hopkins University where his thesis, “Strategic Service: Reforming the U.S. National Security Apparatus for the 21st Century,” was accepted with highest honors.

Since then, “Du4” has sought to bring creativity and innovation to every partner and client with whom he has worked. He currently writes a blog – Must.Be.AWESOME!!! – that investigates the roots and wherefores of all things AWESOME. A musician, performer, and born entertainer by nature, Du4 also acts as a... Read More.

Fred Dust (IDEO)

Fred Dust is a Partner and a Practice Lead for IDEO, the global design and innovation firm. At IDEO, Fred leads
Systems at Scale, the group responsible for helping clients with large systemic infrastructural questions from
governmental shifts, to behavior change, and beyond.
During his tenure at IDEO, Fred has helped guide the realization of a future-focused education center at Stanford; taken Nike executives shopping; and worked with patients and staff to help build innovative service models for Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente. Most recently, he helped The American Red Cross redesign the donation experience and the Transportation Security Administration evolve airport security.
Fred is a member of the Board of Governors at Parsons The New School, and... Read More.

David Eaves
David Eaves (Eaves Consulting), @daeaves

An expert in public policy, open systems and collaboration, David works advises the mayor of Vancouver on open government and open data. He also serves as a consultant to other governments and publishes on the topic frequently.

Michael Edson
Michael Edson (Smithsonian Institution), @mpedson

Michael Edson is the Smithsonian Institution’s Director of Web and New Media Strategy. Michael has worked on numerous award-winning projects and has been involved in practically every aspect of technology and New Media for museums, including content development, digitization, blogging, gaming, public access to collections, information architecture, networking, place-of-business applications, programming, project management, graphic design, animation, audio and video production, mobile platforms, and citizen-created content. helped create the Smithsonian’s first blog, Eye Level, and the first Alternate Reality Game to take place in a museum, Ghost of a Chance. Michael has a BA from Wesleyan University.

Bill Eggers
Bill Eggers (Deloitte)

An author, columnist and popular speaker, Bill is one of the country’s leading authorities on government reform. A global director for Deloitte Research and director of the Deloitte Public Leadership Institute, he is responsible for research and thought leadership for Deloitte’s public sector industry practice.

He coined the terms “Government 2.0” and (with co-author Stephen Goldsmith) “Governing by Network” in his 2005 and 2006 books of the same names. His writings have won numerous awards including the Louis Brownlow award for best book on public management, the Sir Antony Fisher award for best book promoting an understanding of the free economy, and the Roe Award for leadership and innovation in public policy research.

He is a former manager of the Texas Performance Review and director... Read More.

Mark Elliott
Mark Elliott (Collabforge), @MarkElliott

Dr Mark Elliott is Director and founder of Collabforge. As chief consultant for Collabforge, Mark has successfully designed and managed a range of high profile Gov 2.0 projects working closely with clients in a highly versatile and collaborative capacity.

In late 2007 through mid 2008, Mark led Collabforge’s reengineering of the City of Melbourne’s ten-year planning process, in order to enable a collaborative outcome across its large and diverse stakeholder groups. This reengineering also provided for the successful integration of a wiki-based collaborative environment, for both internal collaboration and external public consultation. The result was an award-winning, world’s first city plan to be developed in a wiki –

Prior to founding Collabforge, Mark completed a PhD investigating the underlying dynamics and mechanisms that... Read More.

Thomas  Erickson
Thomas Erickson (Acquia)

Tom has over 25 years experience in software products and services. Most recently, he was CEO of Systinet Corporation, a privately held software company that provided a foundation for service oriented architectures (SOA) in Global 2000 companies. Prior to Systinet, Tom was the executive vice-president, international for webMethods, the fastest growing software company in the USA from 1998 to 2003.

Before webMethods, Thomas was President, Asia Pacific for the Baan Company. Tom enjoys spending time in Australia, snowboarding, and playing golf. Thomas Erickson earned his honors degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Alex Fishman (Palantir Technologies)

Alex Fishman is the lead analyst at the Recovery, Accountability and Transparency Board where he investigates potential cases of fraud, waste and abuse in Stimulus spending. He also oversees the implementation of the RAT Board’s unique technology.

Price Floyd
Price Floyd (Department of Defense)

Price B. Floyd was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs on 8 June, 2009. He serves as staff advisor and assistant to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense for public information, internal information, and community relations as well as information training and audiovisual matters in support of DoD activities, leading a worldwide public affairs community of some 3,800 military and civilian personnel.

Prior to joining the Defense Department, Mr. Floyd was the Director of External Relations for the Center for New American Security (CNAS). CNAS was an unheard of start-up national security think tank when Mr. Floyd joined their staff in 2007 and by the time he left in June 2009, it had become one of... Read More.

John Foley
John Foley (InformationWeek), @jfoley09

John Foley is editor of InformationWeek and editorial team leader of InformationWeek Government, which is focused on the government IT market. Foley writes and blogs on a wide range of topics in government and enterprise IT, including his newest area of interest, the cloud computing model.

Anthony Franco
Anthony Franco (EffectiveUI)

Anthony Franco is the president of EffectiveUI, the leading provider of rich Internet, desktop and mobile applications for Fortune 1000 companies. He has an extensive background in providing award-winning RIAs and user experience consulting to enterprise companies. An industry veteran with more than 10 years of experience, Anthony began developing RIAs for Warner Brothers in 1998. He has also authored several industry white papers and articles, including an Adobe Flex business guide published by O’Reilly Media. EffectiveUI’s client portfolio includes Ford Motor Company, GE, Adobe, United Airlines, NBC Universal and Discovery Networks.

Judith Freeman (New Organizing Institute), @neworganizing

Judith is the co-founder and Executive Director of the New Organizing Institute, a training, research, and development organization for technology-enabled organizers, activists, staff, and leaders. In 2008 Judith worked on the Obama new media team, coordinating their field and new media efforts. Previously, she was the senior political strategist at the AFL-CIO, where she also co-founded the Analyst Institute. During the 2004 presidential election, she worked on the Kerry campaign’s internet operations. She advises political campaigns, unions, hill, government, and non-profit organizations on campaigns, organizing, targeting, strategy and technology infrastructure. She worked for five years in technology at the University of Chicago where she also organized with social justice organizations.

Paolo Gaudiano
Paolo Gaudiano (Aleria PBC)

Paolo Gaudiano is Founder & CEO of Aleria and Executive Director of Quantitative Studies of Diversity and Inclusion (QSDI) at the City College of New York. Aleria and QSDI combine Paolo’s three decades of expertise in business, technology and academia to revolutionize how corporations think about diversity and what they do about it – and ultimately to make our society more inclusive. Paolo is a Forbes contributor on Diversity & Inclusion, and has written for and been interviewed by a number of other media outlets, including HBR, Quartz, the Dow Jones’s SectorWatch and the CBC. He holds degrees in Applied Mathematics, Aerospace Engineering and Computational Neuroscience. He was a tenured faculty member at Boston University and has... Read More.

Danielle Germain (National Academy of Public Administration)

Danielle Germain is the Director of the Collaboration Project at the National Academy of Public Administration, a nonprofit, independent organization chartered by Congress to tackle government’s most complex management challenges. The Academy’s Collaboration Project is an independent forum of leaders committed to leveraging web 2.0 and the benefits of collaborative technology to solve government’s complex problems. She led the National Academy’s successful White House Recovery dialogue on IT solutions; and the first of its kind national pilot project on citizen engagement sponsored by the Federal CIO Council, Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. General Services Administration, titled “A National Dialogue on Health IT and Privacy.”

Danielle has extensive experience working with organizations in the good government and federal information technology communities. Before... Read More.

Stuart Gill (World Bank)

Stuart Gill currently works for the World Bank in the Disaster Risk Management team for the Latin America & Caribbean region. Previous to this, Stuart taught and researched in the Department of Astrophysics at Columbia University.

Dave Girouard
Dave Girouard (Google Enterprise)

Dave Girouard manages Google’s growing enterprise business worldwide. He leads a team responsible for sales, marketing, product development and customer support. Prior to joining Google, Dave was senior vice president of marketing and business development at Virage, a provider of multimedia search and content management software. Dave also founded and developed Virage’s application services business. He came to Virage from the worldwide product marketing organization at Apple, where he spent several years in product management. Prior to that, Dave was an associate in Booz Allen & Hamilton’s Information Technology practice in San Francisco. He started his career in enterprise systems development and integration in the Boston office of Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting).

Dave graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB in Engineering Sciences and a... Read More.

Miguel Gomez (, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, Office of the Secretary, HHS), @aidsgov

Miguel Gomez is the Director of, a portal to all Federal domestic HIV/AIDS information and provides guidance on how HIV/AIDS programs can use new media tools. Mr. Gomez introduced podcasting on and also hosts a blog that showcases the use of new media for HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. Mr. Gomez has been working on HIV/AIDS issues since 1984 and has held positions with national AIDS organizations and the Federal government. He is the Office of the Secretary’s senior representative to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web Council.

Lisa Grant (FEDSIM)

Ms. Grant serves as the Acquisition Group Manager for FEDSIM’s Civilian Sector. As the Acquisition Group Manager, Ms. Grant, plans and directs the full range of procurement actions for GS-1102s supporting FEDSIM’s Civilian Directorate. This includes planning, assigning, and providing advice and/or instruction to contracting officers and contract specialist regarding the FEDSIM mission, work schedules, priorities, contractual assignments and administrative matters. Additionally, Ms. Grant serves as the chairperson for FEDSIM’s contract review panel; reviewing and approving pre-solicitation documents and contract awards. In addition to serving as the Acquisition Group Manager, Ms. Grant will also serve as the Contracting Officer for the Better Buy Pilot Project. Prior to GSA, she worked for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM) as the Director... Read More.

Robert Greenberg
Robert Greenberg (G&H International Services, Inc), @Bgreenberg

Robert Greenberg is founder and CEO of G&H International Services Inc., a Washington D.C. based firm that provides consulting and technology services to enhance the safety and security of communities across the nation. Mr. Greenberg works with Federal, State and Local governments to develop and implement initiatives and programs to assist the emergency services community and the Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource sector (CIKR) to strengthen community preparedness and resilience across the nation.. Mr. Greenberg helped initiate and implement the Department of Homeland Security’s Virtual initiative (a DHS flagship Open Government Initiative) which is applying geospatial and other social media tools to catalyze a technical and cultural shift in the way in which the public safety community collaborates and shares information. G&H... Read More.

Rob Groat
Rob Groat (Smartronix)

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.

Nicholas Gruen
Nicholas Gruen (Government 2.0 Taskforce (Australia)), @NicholasGruen

Policy Economist, newspaper columnist and financial entrepreneur

Jeffery Guin (NCPTT), @ncptt

Drawing on more than 15 years experience in writing, branding, design and strategic communications, Jeff Guin’s mission is to inspire connections to heritage values through new media.

Jeff’s passion for heritage preservation emerged as he grew up among the historic homes and sites of Natchitoches, La., the oldest town in the Louisiana Purchase. After receiving his bachelor’s in Journalism and English from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, he served as a communications manager for a Fortune 500 company. His experience there included facilitating strategies to promote and protect special sites of cultural and environmental value.

These sites and the people who seek to protect them served as inspiration as he returned to his hometown and NSU to pursue a Master’s degree in Folklife and... Read More.

Eric Hackathorn
Eric Hackathorn (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), @hackshaven

Eric Hackathorn started with his first computer before he learned to ride a bicycle. His father was kind enough to allocate him 100 KB of the family’s 10 MB hard drive: one of the first commercially available of its kind. Since that time, he has spent a majority of his time dabbling in all things computer related. After graduating from high school, he started working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado. At the same time, he attended and then graduated from the University of Colorado majoring in electrical and computer engineering. He continues his work at NOAA today as a program manager.

Eric has taken a back seat to his much handsomer counterpart Hackshaven Harford. Hackshaven is Eric’s... Read More.

Deborah Hafford (Google Enterprise)

Deborah Hafford leads State and Local Government sales for Google in the Western United States, responsible for helping government agencies realize value from Google’s innovative Enterprise solutions, including Google Apps, Search and Geospatial solutions. She was responsible for the City of Los Angeles evaluation and selection of Google Apps. Deborah has 20 years of enterprise experience, including management positions at Oracle and Symantec.

Dustin Haisler
Dustin Haisler (City of Manor), @cityofmanor

Dustin is the Chief-Information-Officer (CIO) & Municipal Judge for the City of Manor, Texas. Dustin led the City of Manor through an extensive 3-year network and system infrastructure rebuilding as well as numerous other projects that helped to bring Manor to the forefront of technological innovation. In 2009, Dustin was named as one of the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers of Technology in the nation by Government Technology Magazine. Many of Dustin’s projects have received international recognition and awards for their innovative application in government operations. Dustin enjoys traveling the country speaking to federal, state and local government agencies about what Gov 2.0 and innovation can do for their agencies. He and his wife Amanda have been married for 5 years and have... Read More.

David Hale
David Hale (National Institutes of Health), @lostonroute66

David Hale is the Project Manager for Pillbox at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health. Pillbox, an NLM/FDA patient-safety initiative, is creating a platform for innovation by restructuring federal drug label data and exposing it through an API. Citizen, clinician, and developer communities have been partners throughout the process, creating a new model for community/government engagement.

David has also lead work related to semantic and natural language processing of H1N1-related Twitter posts for biosurveillance, determination of public sentiment, and targeted information dissemination. An emerging technology evangelist, David is leading NLM’s entry into various social media channels and exploring the effect of community engagement through social networks on organizational culture.

Chris Hamm (FEDSIM)

Chris Hamm is the Operations Director for GSA FEDSIM, a fee for service acquisition and project management organization. Chris’s organization manages over 1.4B annually in contracts.. Chris has nearly 11 years of experience in managing acquisitions and post award performance. Chris has presented at previous e-GOV and FAI panels on the subject of performance based contracting and service level agreements. Chris recently participated in the 2009 ACT/IAC Partners Program and is managing the GSA pilot project for Better Buy.

Douglas Hassebrock (Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board)

Doug Hassebrock oversees all investigative efforts of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board and the Recovery Operations Center. In addition to his current duties, Mr. Hassebrock is a Lt. Colonel in the US Air Force Reserves. Mr. Hassebrock was formerly a Special Agent for the Dept of Interior IG and Air Force OSI.

Sandro Hawke

Sandro Hawke is a software developer and systems architect at W3C, where he has specialized in Semantic Web technologies since 2000. He has developed numerous prototype and experimental systems, demonstrating Linked Data principles and the utility (and limitations) of formal knowledge representation in the open Web environment. He coordinates the development of foundational Web Standards as the W3C staff contact for the Rule Interchange Format (RIF) Working Group and the Web Ontology Language (OWL) Working Group. Since 2009, with the new focus on open government data, he has served as W3C staff contact for the eGovernment Interest Group.

Bryna Helfer (National Academy of Public Administration)

Bryna Helfer is the Senior Director of Civic Engagement. Bryna’s primary focus is on Budgetball, a new fiscal sport to engage youth in the issues related to our fiscal future. She also works closely with the Collaboration Project and other NAPA Initiatives to build community and stakeholder engagement.

Bryna has over 25 years of experience initiating, leading, and facilitating interagency coordination, program development, strategic planning, program evaluation, and systems change initiatives. She has a long history of coalition building at the federal, state, and local levels, and is known for her ability to forge partnerships between governmental programs and community based organizations. Her federal experience includes the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Federal Transit Administration. From 2002-2007, Bryna served as a senior staff... Read More.

Virginia Hill
Virginia Hill (NIH Clinical Center), @ginnyhill

Virginia Hill is a former Presidential Management Fellow and current public affairs professional at the National Institutes of Health. As a PMF, Virginia became fascinated with citizen engagement and open government and focused her rotations in communications and management analysis. In her current role, she works with the NIH Clinical Center’s Deputy Director to forge international partnerships and bring new and creative ideas to educational programs across the agency. She manages the office’s Twitter account (CCMedEd) and other outreach activities.

Elizabeth Hochberg
Elizabeth Hochberg (General Services Administration), @SheofDC

Elizabeth Day Hochberg, LLM
Assistant General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
General Services Administration

Christofer Hoff
Christofer Hoff (Cisco Systems, Inc.)

Chris Hoff has over 19 years of experience in high-profile global roles in
network and information security architecture, engineering, operations,
product management and marketing with a passion for virtualization and all
things Cloud.

Hoff is currently Director of Cloud and Virtualization Solutions of the
Security Technology Business Unit at Cisco Systems. Prior to Cisco,he was
Unisys Corporation’s Systems & Technology Division’s Chief Security
Architect. Additionally, he served as Crossbeam Systems’ Chief Security
Strategist, was the Chief Information Security Officer for a $25 billion
financial services company, and was founder/Chief Technology Officer of a
national security consultancy.

Hoff regularly speaks at high profile conferences, interviewed regularly by
the media, is a featured guest on numerous podcasts... Read More.

Jeanne Holm (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA), @jeanne_jpl

Jeanne Holm is the Chief Knowledge Architect at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology. Ms. Holm leads NASA’s Knowledge Management Team, looking at how to access and use the knowledge gathered over the many missions of the US space agency to support missions and to drive innovation. As a lead for the award-winning NASA public and internal portals, she was at the helm of NASA’s web during the largest Internet event in Government history—the landing of the Mars Exploration Rovers on the surface of Mars. As the lead implementer for technologies supporting project managers at NASA, her team’s solutions are helping to drive how people will manage space missions in the future, learn virtually, and share lessons learned. Her... Read More.

Allan Holmes
Allan Holmes (

Allan Holmes is Executive Editor at Government Executive, joining Executive Editors Tom Shoop and Anne Laurent in the senior management of the enterprise. Holmes has been CIO’s Washington Bureau Chief since 2004.
He was editor in chief of Federal Computer Week magazine and from January 2001 to August 2003, and FCW editor and managing editor prior to that. He developed, launched and managed the award-winning daily news site, During his nearly nine years at FCW, the magazine and web site won more than three dozen awards, including Folio Magazine’s Best Government Publication and first-place awards from the American Society of Business Press Editors for Best Government Coverage and Best Overall Web Publication.
Holmes also served as editorial... Read More.

Jack Holt
Jack Holt (Department of Defense)

Jack Holt is the Sr. Strategist for Emerging Media for the Department of Defense developing communication strategies and tactics incorporating New Media tools with traditional Public Affairs channels to maximize the effect of DoD communication efforts. Holt has briefed senior leaders on New and Social Media and conducted strategy sessions to address corporate level strategic objectives. Mr. Holt is a member of the vGov Steering Committee, Social Media for Government Transparency and Openness Program Advisory Board, the DoDTechipedia Governance Board, the University of Oklahoma Risk and Crisis Management Community Advisory Board, and the 2009 Chair for the PRSA National Capital Region Public Affairs and Government Committee. He has taught sessions on New Media strategies and tactics at the Defense Information School, the Naval Postgraduate... Read More.

Aaron Holzer (Microsoft)

Aaron Holzer is a Senior Product Manager in Microsoft’s Virtualization Marketing organization responsible for virtualization performance marketing and the Microsoft relationship with Novell. He also developed and launched the Server Virtualization Validation Program. Prior to joining Microsoft, Aaron spent seven years at Intel where he was a Senior Product Marketing Engineer in Intel’s Server Platform Group responsible for server virtualization marketing strategies as well as a Strategic Relationship Manager responsible for Intel’s technical and business activities with key ISVs. Before Joining Intel, Aaron spent nearly 21 years at Digital Equipment and Compaq in various technical and marketing roles. Aaron has a BS and MS in Computer Sciences from the City College of NY as well as an MBA from Boston College.

Nick Hoover
Nick Hoover (InformationWeek), @iweeknick

Nick Hoover is a senior editor for InformationWeek Government, where he covers the federal IT sector. He has written numerous cover stories, features and news stories for the publication and its Website, with recent pieces including an in-depth profile of current federal CIO Vivek Kundra, a story on the government’s need to secure the “cyber supply chain,” and ongoing coverage of key government IT trends like cloud computing and social media. In his time with InformationWeek, Hoover has covered various beats, including networking, Microsoft, collaboration and cloud computing.

Andrew Hoppin
Andrew Hoppin (New York State Senate), @ahoppin

Andrew Hoppin was appointed as the first ever Chief Information Officer for the New York State Senate in February 2009 with a mission to dramatically improve government transparency, citizen participation, and operational efficiency for the Senate through technology. The CIO’s Office works in three main realms: opening up the Senate’s legislative and administrative data for public access (for transparency), overhauling the Senate’s internal communications and collaboration infrastructure (for efficiency), and launching new Web 2.0 / social media technologies for the Senate (public participation).

The new website, launched in May, has been heralded as a leading example of the use of “Web 2.0” technologies by a legislature, inviting citizens to become creators of content on the site as well as consumers of content, and including... Read More.

Rob Howard (Telligent)

Rob Howard is the vision behind Telligent’s product development and innovation and is known throughout the industry as an authority in community and collaboration software. As Telligent’s Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Howard oversees product development and the company’s technology roadmap. A true pioneer, Howard contributed to the development and adoption of Microsoft’s Web platform technologies, where he helped create and grow the innovative ASP.NET community. In 2004, he continued his vision for customer engagement when he founded Telligent, which was first-to-market with integrated online community software. Howard also understood early on the value of community analytics, and Telligent was first-to-market with an application to address this need.

Howard has worked with customers including Dell, and Microsoft, and he is able to... Read More.

Scott Howley (Oracle Corporation)

Scott Howley is a Vice President in Oracle’s Server Technologies Division. He currently has product management responsibility for Oracle’s Enterprise 2.0 products. Previously, Scott had product management responsibility for Oracle’s Fusion Middleware Suite, a role he held from product inception through the merger and integration of BEA Systems. Prior to joining Oracle, Scott was a product line manager at NEC Corporation’s Imaging Division, where he managed their monochrome laser printer product line. Scott has held various management and development positions at Oracle, NEC, Symantec, and Apple and has over 20 years of experience in product management and software development, including 11 years with Oracle.

Jon Huang (Oracle)

Jon Huang is Director of Product Management with Oracle’s Enterprise 2.0 (E2.0) technology, which includes Oracle WebCenter, WebLogic Portal, WebCenter Interaction, Oracle Portal, Portal products from Sun, and Oracle Enterprise Content Management. In this role he focuses on E2.0 strategy across Oracle business units and helping customers in the region drive business results through Oracle E2.0 adoption. In addition, he manages business development areas of Portals products. In the 9 years prior to this, Jon held various positions in Oracle North America Sales Consulting, responsible for managing all pre-sales activities with a keen ability to realize the clients underlying needs. Jon joined Oracle in 1998.

Nadia Ibrahim (Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor)

Nadia Ibrahim has worked as a Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) since 2003. As a Senior Policy Advisor on the Employment Supports Team, she assists in coordinating the agency’s cross-team Health and Employment Initiative, which includes mental health and personal assistance services (PAS) issues.

Prior to joining ODEP, Ms. Ibrahim served as a Peer Counselor at the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia (ECNV), a community-based resource and advocacy center managed by and for people with disabilities. There she provided one-on-one peer counseling, independent living skills training; and information and referral services in working with participants to establish and attain their goals in areas such as employment, housing, transportation, and personal care. She... Read More.

Nigel Jacob
Nigel Jacob (Boston City Hall), @nsjacob

Nigel Jacob is in a state of motion. A native of Ontario, Canada, Nigel has lived in Boston since 2001. During this time he has undergone a steady evolution from his beginnings as a software-engineer to a graduate student (Tufts University, PhD)to, currently, the co-Director of the City of Boston’s innovation office, the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. Nigel believes that the confluence of the behavioral-economics of computing, the modern social-entrepreneurship movement and the nature and need of modern cities are forming a perfect-storm to create innovative, new social-structures and opportunities for development. Currently, Nigel is working on delivering transformative services to Boston’s residents via the development of sustainable models of innovation for Cities.

Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson (U.S. Space & Rocket Center - GTAC)

Chris Johnson is Vice President of Geospatial Technologies at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (an agency of the State of Alabama) and is responsible for management and operations associated with GTAC and the Geospatial Technology programs. She has served as Principal Investigator for USDA, NASA, Department of the Army, and Department of Homeland Security grant programs and is the Program Manager for the Virtual Alabama program. Further, on a volunteer basis, she is a member of the Tennessee Valley Corridor Homeland Security Coalition, which works in partnership with various organizations and agencies coordinating Geospatial Technology efforts on both a state and federal level.

Ms. Johnson has over 18 years of experience in systems design; systems development and testing: Geographic Information Systems... Read More.

Clay Johnson
Clay Johnson (

Clay Johnson is the author of The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption, and director of engagement for Expert Labs. He was the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give people greater access to government data. He was awarded the Google/O’Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computing Week’s Fed 100 in 2010, and won the CampaignTech Innovator award in 2011.

Johnson’s combination of experience as a developer, working in politics, entrepreneurism,... Read More.

Justin Johnson (US Office of Personnel Management)

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Jeff Jonas

Jeff Jonas is an IBM Fellow and chief scientist of Context Computing. His work in context-aware computing was originally developed at Systems Research & Development (SRD), founded by Jonas in 1985, and acquired by IBM in January, 2005.

Prior to SRD’s acquisition, Jonas spearheaded the design and development of a number of innovative systems, including technology used by the Las Vegas gaming industry. One such innovation played a pivotal role in protecting that industry from aggressive card count teams. The most notable, known as the “MIT team,” was featured in the book Bringing Down the House, and the movie “21. This work has also been featured in documentaries aired on The Discovery Channel, Learning Channel, and the Travel Channel, among others.

Following... Read More.

Melissa  Jordan
Melissa Jordan (Bay Area Rapid Transit), @sfbart

Melissa Jordan has worked at BART as senior marketing representative since June 2008. Her areas of responsibility include content management for the website and development of BART’s social web strategy. She produces BART’s Twitter feed at and blogs at Before joining BART, she spent two decades as a reporter and editor for news organizations including The Associated Press and the San Jose Mercury News. She is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Georgia.

Chris Kemp

Chris C. Kemp joined NASA Ames in 2006 as Director of Strategic Business Development and helped forge partnerships with Google and Microsoft. Since 2008, he has served as Chairman of NASA’s Web Council and Chief Information Officer for NASA Ames Research Center. As CIO of a NASA field center, he is responsible for most of the IT infrastructure at NASA Ames (networks, datacenters, systems, etc.), and several NASA-wide services, including the NASA Security Operations Center (SOC).

Chris is also responsible for conceiving and establishing NASA’s Cloud Computing Pilot Nebula, which is currently supporting several Federal websites with the General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget.

Prior to joining NASA, Chris helped create the... Read More.

Timothy  Kephart
Timothy Kephart (Graffiti Tracker Inc.)

Timothy Kephart is the founder and CEO of Graffiti Tracker Inc., which has provided graffiti tracking and analysis service for cities since 2006. Kephart began his graffiti research as a graduate student at California State University, Long Beach in 2000.

Todd Khozein
Todd Khozein (SecondMuse)

Todd Khozein is a co-founder of SecondMuse, a communications incubator that engages technology and human capacity to accelerate advancement. Todd spends the majority of his time at SecondMuse working with government and multinational clients to design and implement innovative initiatives that are focused on solving the world’s greatest challenges. He also spends time with his colleagues developing and testing the emerging science of collaboration where they are actively studying mechanisms and processes by which organizations and individuals can transcend the constraints of traditional competitive models.
For the last ten years Todd has been involved in the study and application of systems theory, in particular as it applies to organizational structures. Beginning during medical school with the application of biological systems as models for... Read More.

Rita King
Rita King (IBM Analytics Virtual Center), @ritajking

Rita J. King is Innovator-in-Residence at IBM’s Analytics Virtual Center, a Senior Fellow at two think-tanks: The Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City, and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington DC. She is the Creative Director of the Imagination Age and CEO of Dancing Ink Productions. Her essays, various writings and works of art have been commissioned, published and exhibited globally. She thinks of technology as a prism held up to the bright beam of the imagination to create a new global culture and economy. @RitaJKing can be followed on Twitter.

Rob Klause (Siteworx, Inc.)

Rob Klause brings seventeen years of experience in the management, design, and development of high profile, high traffic web properties and database and desktop applications within both the private and Federal sectors.

Currently the Open Source Practice Director at Siteworx, Rob is skilled in identifying the tools, infrastructure and business needs necessary to achieve client online goals.
Prior to joining Siteworx, Rob served as the Executive Office of the President Web Manager until December 2009. At the White House, Rob oversaw the transition of the President George W. Bush website to the National Archives, while simultaneously leading a successful launch of President Obama’s new at 12:05 PM on Inauguration Day.

Over the first year of the Obama Administration, Rob, working closely with... Read More.

Michael Krieger
Michael Krieger (U.S. Army)

Mike Krieger became Army Deputy Chief Information Officer/G-6 in July 2008. CIO/G-6 oversees the Army’s $10 billion IT investments, manages the Enterprise IT architecture, establishes and enforces Enterprise IT policies, and directs the delivery of operational C4 IT capabilities to support warfighters and to enable the Army’s slice of joint information dominance.

Mr. Krieger is a Senior Executive with broad experience in Information Technology. He served 25 years in the U.S. Army, with operational assignments in tactical communications and command and control.

He previously was the Principal Director for the Deputy DoD Chief Information Officer, and also formerly held the position of Director for Information Policy and Integration in the Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer.

Mr. Krieger believes information assets must be... Read More.

Kieran Lal
Kieran Lal (Acquia)

Kieran Lal is the Drupal community adventure guide for Acquia, which
provides commercial support, hosting, and training for Drupal. He
works in business development to help Acquia and customers to
understand how to succeed with Drupal.

He is a board member of the Drupal association, coordinates, and the Drupal security team. He has helped raise over
1M for the Drupal association, and was one of the architects for the
over 3000 attendee Drupalcon San Francisco event. He is also driving
the redesign.

Carolyn Lawson
Carolyn Lawson (State of California)

Carolyn Lawson is the Director of eServices for the Office of the CIO, State of California. She previously served as the California Public Utilities Commission CIO, and has been active in the national discussion of IT issues and policies related to eService delivery in government.

Ms. Lawson is currently examining the complex issues brought on by the cultural shift from a paper-based society to an e-based society, the new expectations of the general public, the changing face of our workforce and what that means to the delivery of governmental services. Ms. Lawson speaks and teaches nationally on these and other topics.

Ms. Lawson sits on several boards including the board of directors for Project Pipeline, The Conference on California’s Future, and... Read More.

Peter Levin
Peter Levin (Department of Veterans Affairs)

Peter L. Levin was appointed senior adviser to the secretary, and chief technology officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs June 1, 2009. Levin’s job is to identify new technologies and promote innovations that will allow VA to serve veterans with higher reliability, greater accessibility, and reduced cost. He also acts as a liaison to key stakeholders, other federal agencies, and private sector partners.

Prior to joining VA, Levin worked as co-founder and chief executive of as semiconductor software firm, where he sat on the board of directors of several technology start-ups, such as NeoLinear Inc. and Astaro AG. He was also general partner of TVM and well as venture partner in Ventizz Capital–both Germany-based early-stage venture capital firms

During the Clinton administration, Levin... Read More.

Randi Levin
Randi Levin (City of Los Angeles)

Randi Levin is a proven leader and manager, with a track record for executing mission-critical corporate information technology projects. Randi believes that the City of Los Angeles should be on the forefront of using smart technology to make government more efficient, accessible and customer-friendly.

Levin has 20 years of experience managing information technology departments for leading Fortune 500 companies in Southern California. For the last eight years, she has served as a Vice President for NBC Universal. In that capacity she was responsible for implementing and managing the company intranet, managing a Sarbanes-Oxley program for proper corporate accountability, and creating several new IT programs that improved the entertainment company’s efficiency.

Prior to NBC Universal, Levin worked as a corporate executive as well as... Read More.

Gideon Lichfield
Gideon Lichfield (The Economist online), @glichfield

Gideon Lichfield is the deputy editor of The Economist online. He
has worked for the magazine since 1996, first as a science and
technology writer, and then as its correspondent in Mexico City,
Moscow and Jerusalem, before moving to New York City in 2009. In his
current role he is responsible for innovation across the The
Economist’s offerings online and participates in formulating its
digital strategy.

Elizabeth  Losh
Elizabeth Losh (University of California, Irvine), @lizlosh

Elizabeth Losh is the Writing Director of the Humanities Core Course at U.C. Irvine and teaches courses about political communication and digital rhetoric. Her first book, Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes was published by MIT Press in 2009. She writes about institutions as digital makers, the discourses of the “virtual state,” the media literacy of policy makers and authority figures, and the rhetoric surrounding regulatory attempts to limit everyday digital practices. She has published articles about national digital libraries, government websites and online video channels, state-funded online learning efforts, videogames for the military and emergency first-responders, political blogging, and congressional hearings on the Internet. Her current book project, Early Adopters: The Instructional... Read More.

Debra Louison Lavoy

Debra Lavoy has been working with collaborative and social media for over 15 years at companies such as AOL and Adobe and now serves as Director of Product Marketing for Digital and Social Media at Open Text. She is a regular speaker in the D.C. area, where Obama’s transparent government initiative has created a world of thought and activity on the need to leverage both cultural and technological advances to move ahead to new levels of customer relationships and organizational productivity.

She blogs at

Kate Lundy
Kate Lundy (ACT, Australian Goverment), @katelundy

Senator Kate Lundy has represented the Australian Capital Territory in the Senate in the Australian Federal Parliament as a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1996.

She held many portfolios in opposition including Information Technology, Manufacturing, Consumer Affairs, Local Government, Sport and Health Promotion.

Elected for the fifth time, as part of the Rudd Labor Government Senator Lundy is currently Chair of the Joint Standing Committee for the National Capital and External Territories and a long-standing active member of the Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee. She is also one of the Federal Parliament’s representatives on the Advisory Council of the National Archive of Australia.

Carl Malamud
Carl Malamud (Public.Resource.Org)

Carl Malamud is the founder of Public.Resource.Org, a nonprofit that has been instrumental in placing government information on the Internet. Prior to that he was the Chief Technology Officer at the Center for American Progress and was the founder of the Internet Multicasting Service, where he ran the first radio station on the Internet.

Patrick McCormick
Patrick McCormick (Department of Justice, Victoria), @solutist

As Manager, Digital Engagement in the Strategic Communication Branch of the Department of Justice, Pat is managing a business transformation program of internal and external online initiatives and providing advice, analysis and consultation on the effective use of new media and emerging technology across the Justice portfolio.

Prior to joining the Victoria Department of Justice in December 2009, Pat was principal policy adviser at the State Services Authority where he managed the development of a Victorian Public Service Innovation Action Plan for the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Previously Pat worked as a senior consultant at the Nous Group, a management consultancy providing expertise in strategy and public policy, information management and technology, organisational capability and leadership. Before relocating to Australia in... Read More.

Scott McIlnay
Scott McIlnay (Department of the Navy), @smcilnay

Commander Scott McIlnay, U.S. Navy, graduated from Boston University in 1995 with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science. During his initial tours of duty, he served as the communications officer and main propulsion assistant on board the destroyer USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968) and as navigator aboard the destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57). He then moved to the public affairs career field in 1999. CDR McIlnay served as an action officer at Public Affairs Center Norfolk. He subsequently worked in the community relations and media relations departments at the U.S. Atlantic Fleet/Fleet Forces Command where he completed the Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program and attended Joint Forces Staff College, completing a master’s degree in security studies from the... Read More.

Grant McLaughlin
Grant McLaughlin (Booz Allen Hamilton)

Grant McLaughlin is a Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton’s Organization Change Team and he has more than fifteen years of experience in the areas of strategic communications, change management/change communications, marketing, public education and stakeholder outreach, participatory decision-making, strategic management analysis, and implementation. His most recent experiences have centered on assisting U.S. government organizations move through change as a result of a transformation, modernization or implementation of a new service offering. He has extensive experience in establishing, fostering and maintaining partnering relationships among stakeholders with state, local and Federal agencies.
Mr. McLaughlin holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Communications from Bethany College, a Master of Art degree in Political Management from The George Washington University. In addition he has earned a certificate... Read More.

David McQueeney
David McQueeney (IBM Federal )

Dave McQueeney is the chief technology officer for IBM’s US federal
government unit. His team works with IBM’s federal clients and IBM’s
federal system integrator partners to provide technical leadership
across the domain of enterprise systems technology and architecture.

McQueeney’s background covers a wide range of disciplines ranging from
solid state physics, to high-speed interconnect design, to distributed
software development tools, to government-specific industry solutions.
He has spent half of his career as a researcher and research executive,
and half in IBM’s customer-facing units including global sales and
distribution, acting as the global government solutions general manager
and leader of the Federal Systems Integration services unit.

Prior to joining IBM’s Federal team, McQueeney led the Read More.

Carmen Medina
Carmen Medina (Deloitte Consulting), @milouness

Carmen Medina is retiring this February from a 30+year career at CIA, most recently the Director for the Center for the Study of Intelligence. During her time as a senior manager of analysts, Ms. Medina was a key senior leader supporting the introduction of social media and new technology in support of analysis. She was the senior leader at CIA who gave the green light to Intellipedia. Ms. Medina has written broadly on the business of analysis and is unusual for senior managers in her recognition of the need to embrace the 2.0 revolution to improve analysis.

Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier is the Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi and the co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers. He previously co-founded and co-directed Harvard University’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning. He has consulted for many international organizations including the UN, OSCE and OECD on numerous crisis mapping and conflict early warning projects in Africa, Asia and Europe. Patrick is a recognized expert and thought leader on the intersection between new technologies, early warning, civil resistance, human rights and humanitarian response. He has written extensively on these topics and has presented his work at numerous high-profile conferences worldwide. Patrick is also completing his PhD at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University... Read More.

Peter Mell
Peter Mell (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

Peter Mell is a senior computer scientist in the Computer Security Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is the initial program manager for the upcoming Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) which will provide a centralized unified risk management program for the government. He is also the chair of the interagency Cloud Computing Security Working Group and vice chair of the interagency Cloud Computing Advisory Council. Lastly, he is also the creator of the United States National Vulnerability Database, co-creator of the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP), and lead author of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) vulnerability metric used to secure credit card systems worldwide. His research experience includes the areas of cloud computing, security... Read More.

Marc Mercuri
Marc Mercuri (Microsoft)

Marc Mercuri is the Directory of Business Innovation at Microsoft where he works with public and private sector organizations to tackle emerging scenarios with next generation technology.

His recent projects having included Citizen Science focused projects like NASA’s “Be A Martian” and the Pathfinder Innovation Challenge websites, Microsoft Town Hall for community engagement, the LookingGlass social media platform, rich search experiences with Tafiti and the RoboChamps robotics competition and web experience.

Marc has been in the industry for 17 years, spanning roles across Microsoft in consulting, evangelism, and incubation.

Marc joined Microsoft to serve as a Principal Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) . While in MCS, he drove multiple large-scale, award-winning solutions in the public sector that encompassed the majority of the... Read More.

Founder & CEO of Socrata, a venture-backed startup in Seattle. Socrata is Making Data Social.

Dan Munz
Dan Munz (U.S. General Services Administration), @dan_munz

Dan Munz is a Public Dialogue Specialist at the GSA Center for New Media and Citizen Engagement. In this role, he acts as a “trail guide” for federal agencies, helping them navigate the landscape of citizen engagement tools and draw on best practices to build successful engagement strategies. Prior to working at GSA, Dan was a Senior Research Associate at the National Academy of Public Administration, where he helped found the Collaboration Project and conceived and executed large-scale online dialogues for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the 11-agency Federal Interagency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility. Dan also once spent a summer working at a children’s book warehouse. It... Read More.

Hope O'Keeffe
Hope O'Keeffe (Library of Congress)

Hope O’Keeffe has been Associate General Counsel of the Library of Congress since November 2006, working primarily on collections matters including increasing digital access to the Library’s collections. She serves on the Library’s Web 2.0 Group, Digital Library Content Group, and Internet Operations Group. She participates in GSA’s multi-agency team working to negotiate federal template agreements with social media providers. She has been active online for many years, including being on the team that developed and wrote the National Endowment for the Arts’ first website in 1995. She participates actively in the Metanet online community, on Facebook, and in LinkedIn, writes a personal blog, has a Flickr feed and a YouTube channel, and tweets book reviews as lentigogirl.

Dan O'Leary
Dan O'Leary (ESRI)

Dan O’Leary is a Solutions Architect and RIA Web Developer in ESRI’s Washington DC office. In this role, Dan provides technical leadership and support to organizations implementing information systems that integrate geospatial data, analysis, visualization and dissemination. Dan joined ESRI after a career in the United States Marine Corps as an Information Systems Officer, Intelligence Analyst and an Infantry Unit Leader. Dan is a graduate of the University of Maryland, BS & MS in Information Technology. Dan has particular interests in geospatial information integration, services oriented solutions, rich internet application development and employing the science of geography to address the challenging problems that face our world.

Daniel O'Neil

Daniel X. O’Neil is a co-founder of and People Person for EveryBlock, a neighborhood news site serving 15 cities. He is responsible for uncovering new data sets through online research and working with local governments. He also works on content partnerships at EveryBlock. In August 2009 EveryBlock was purchased by

Prior to EveryBlock, O’Neil spent 10 years as an Internet strategist and project manager for Streams Online Media, one of the first web design firms in Chicago. He continued this work at Dunn Solutions Group after their purchase of Streams in 2001, with a focus on technology requirements training and the development of Web-based tools for training, e-commerce, and content management. He also created a number of sites for municipalities, including the first Web... Read More.

Tim O'Reilly
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), @timoreilly

Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand... Read More.

Eric Obenzinger
Eric Obenzinger (Google)

Eric Obenzinger is an advertising Account Manager at Google. His group works with federal government agencies who use efficient online advertising to promote federal initiatives and manage strategic communication.

Before working with Google’s advertisers, Eric was part of Google’s media relations team. Eric has a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania. He is based in Google’s New York office and a proud uncle of three.

John Ohab (US Department of Defense, Public Web), @armedwscience

Dr. John Ohab is a new technology strategist at the US Department of Defense, where he helps guide the planning and delivery of technology initiatives for the Public Web Program. John also hosts the Defense Department’s weekly science and technology podcast, “Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military,” which received the 2009 APEX Award for Publication Excellence and the PR News Non-Profit Award.

John received his B.S. in Biopsychology from UC Santa Barbara in 2002 and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA in 2007. His doctoral work in Dr. S. Thomas Carmichael’s lab focused on the role of adult neural stem cells in brain repair after stroke. John joined the Defense Department as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow with... Read More.

Jennifer Pahlka
Jennifer Pahlka (Code for America), @pahlkadot

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for
America, which is dedicated to the idea that government can work for
the people, by the people, in the 21st century. She is an Ashoka
fellow, and received the Internet and Society Award from the Oxford
Internet Institute in 2012. Government Technology named her one of
2011’s Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in Public Sector Innovation and the
Huffington Post named her the top Game Changer in Business and
Technology the same year. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a
Better Government, and is a frequent speaker. Previously, she ran the
Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’ReillyRead More.

Todd Park
Todd Park (Health and Human Services)

Todd Park joined HHS as Chief Technology Officer in August 2009. In this role, he is responsible for helping HHS leadership harness the power of data, technology, and innovation to improve the health and welfare of the nation. Mr. Park co-founded Athenahealth in 1997 and co-led its development over the following decade into one of the most innovative, socially-oriented, and successful health information technology companies in the industry. Prior to Athenahealth, he served as a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton, focusing on health care strategy, technology, and operations. Mr. Park has also served in a volunteer capacity as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he focused on health IT and health reform policy, and as senior health... Read More.

Jay Parkinson
Jay Parkinson (The Future Well), @jayparkinson

Jay is a pediatrician and preventive medicine specialist with a masters in public health. He’s been called the Doctor of the Future and one of the top 10 most creative people in health care by Fast Company. I’m also one of Esquire’s 2009 Best and Brightest “Radicals and Rebels Who Are Changing the World.”

He started a practice in NYC on September 24, 2007. His practice became Hello Health via a partnership with Myca so other doctors could practice this way. Hello Health is a mixture of secure social network and electronic medical record that enables doctors and patients to connect both in their office and online via email, IM, and video chat.

He now has a design firm... Read More.

Brent Phillips is a senior product manager with Microsoft’s intellectual property and licensing division and responsible for marketing and business development programs for the Novell Interoperability Alliance. Brent joined Microsoft in 2006 and helped the company establish and drive its framework for interoperability that included the development of the Interoperability Vendor Alliance and the Interoperability Executive Customer Council. Both programs, among others, foster open collaboration and innovation among IT organizations to improve the way heterogeneous systems work together. In particular Brent spends a significant amount of time understanding how open source and commercial business models can align to drive greater value for customers.

Rob Pinkerton
Rob Pinkerton (Adobe Systems Incorporated)

Rob Pinkerton is the Director of Government Solutions for Adobe Systems where he has responsibility for Adobe’s enterprise go-to-market and solutions development strategies for global government.

Rob has 18 years experience in government and technology. He has worked in County, City, State and Federal levels of government including as an emergency medical response technician in Virginia, a law clerk in the City of Baltimore and as Legislative Council in the United States Senate during the 104th-106th Congress. Prior to joining Adobe, Rob was Vice President of Product Management for LexisNexis’s Enterprise Data Fusion Product which was developed for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to perform complex data analysis. For 5 years, Rob worked for Siebel Systems (now part of Oracle Corp) as Director of... Read More.

Paul Pluschkell (Spigit)

Mr. Pluschkell is founder and CEO of spigit, and an officer of Raven Holdings Inc. an emerging technology management fund. Prior to founding spigit Mr. Pluschkell formerly served as President and CEO of HyperFeed Technologies, Inc. from 2003-2006building low latency ticker plants for exchanges and hedge funds. In 1996 Mr. Pluschkell founded MXnet, a financial market extranet and successfully sold it to IXNet/IPC. After the sale Mr. Pluschkell served as an officer of IXNet. After a successfulIPO IXNet was sold to Global Crossing in 1999. Mr. Pluschkell moved to CA to become EVP of Sales, Products and Marketing for Global Center, a subsidiary of Global Crossing. After a successful sale to Exodus communications in 2001, Mr. Pluschkell became President of Broadband... Read More.

Chris Rasmussen
Chris Rasmussen (U.S. Intelligence Community)

The United States Intelligence Community (IC) has made tremendous strides over the last several years with the introduction of a wide range of social software tools such as wikis, blogs, user tagging services, and social networking services for knowledge management and information sharing. Mr. Rasmussen was instrumental in pioneering this initial push, but now believes it’s time to take it to the next level.

Social software-based knowledge creation is still often viewed as “good for collaboration but not the product.” Intelligence agencies still primarily vet and disseminate “their” snapshot products—often with overlap. Mr. Rasmussen evangelizes for a move toward a “living intelligence” model where a range of information is mixed together in a transparent common space and the intelligence topic is constantly updated. Living intelligence,... Read More.

Armando Rayo
Armando Rayo (Cultural Strategies), @elmundodemando

Armando is the VP of Engagement at Cultural Strategies and Director of Community Engagement at United Way Capital Area/Hands On Central Texas in Austin, TX. Armando’s experience is deep rooted in the community and nonprofit sector. He specializes in building capacity & creating change with a focus on Hispanic Engagement, project management, leadership development & social innovation. Armando has over 12 years experience in community engagement, volunteerism & social media, and has developed innovative engagement strategies (grassroots to social media) & cultural programming for many nonprofits & businesses including, MPower Labs/RISE Entrepreneurship Conference Tate Austin Hahn, Lance Armstrong Foundation & ACTIVE Life. He serves on the national Points of Light/Hands On Network’s Neighboring Taskforce, is a frequent panelist/presenter at local & national conferences... Read More.

Michael Reardon (Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor)

Michael Reardon is a Supervisory Policy Advisor for the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor. He directs ODEP’s Employment Supports Policy Team, which addresses a wide range of issues affecting the employment of people with disabilities, including transportation, housing, assistive technology, personal assistance and health care. He previously served as the Disability Program Manager for the Department of Transportation’s Office of Civil Rights and as a Policy Advisor for the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities. He came to Washington, DC from Columbus, OH where he was Director of the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Alliance, a state-level advocacy organization for people with disabilities. He has a Masters in Public Policy from Ohio State University where he... Read More.

Frank Rego
Frank Rego (Novell)

Frank Rego is a Senior Product Manager in Novell’s Open Platform Solutions business unit and is responsible for managing the technical collaboration with Microsoft. Frank joined Novell from Immunix, a startup company that developed the AppArmor security technology for Linux which is now an integrated piece of the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform. Frank has an engineering degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from Portland State University.

David Riley (Federal Health Architecture, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Department of Health and Human Services)

David Riley is the CONNECT initiative lead for the Federal Health Architecture (FHA) Program in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT). In this role, he facilitates consensus across a group of 20+ federal agencies and numerous private sector organizations and states to enhance health information sharing on a nationwide basis. He is also responsible for creating the product direction and overseeing product development for CONNECT. He has served as the Chief, Technology Discovery and Insertion directly for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. He is an experienced entrepreneur with startup experience in both the private sector and large scale IT projects in the federal sector. He is recognized for his skill in bringing together... Read More.

Jesse Robbins

Jesse Robbins is Founder & CEO of Orion Labs , the award-winning instant communication platform for people, teams, IoT devices, wearables, bots, and intelligent agents.

Robbins serves on the board of Heavybit, which is a program helps venture-backed startups loved by developers become successful businesses.

Prior to Orion, Robbins was founding CEO of Chef", considered by many to be the leader in infrastructure automations. Robbins also founded the O’Reilly Velocity Conference where he helped start the DevOps movement. Prior to Chef he served as Amazon’s “Master of Disaster” where he was responsible for website availability for every property bearing the Amazon brand.

Robbins is a Volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Manager, and led a task force deployed in Operation... Read More.

Joshua Robin
Joshua Robin (Massachusetts Department of Transportation), @massdotdev

Joshua Robin is the Director of Innovation and Special Projects at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. In this role, he leads the MassDOT’s award-winning Developers Initiative and other initiatives focused on getting drivers and riders more information through 3rd parties. Through the Developers initiative, MassDOT has opened data on public transportation routes, schedules, and real-time information on some routes. Thanks to the work of MassDOT’s Developer community more than a dozen applications have been built in just a few months showcasing the power of opening data. You can follow the Developers Initiative on Twitter @massdotdev.

Paulette Robinson (NDU/IRM College)

Dr. Paulette Robinson is the Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning for the Information Resources Management College at the National Defense University. As part of her position, she is also responsible to review all student assessment plans and create evaluation capabilities for College courses and programs. She is also manages technology for the College. In this position, she manages a distributed learning instructional design group, oversees technology purchases, reviews emerging technologies for inclusion in the innovations and simulations lab, implements technology and facilitates instructional use of technology for the College. In addition, she is the leader for the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds. A group of over 1,000 from government (federal, state, local and international), industry, and academia who are interested in the use of... Read More.

Alec Ross
Alec Ross (State Department)

Alec Ross serves as Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In this role, Alec is tasked with maximizing the potential of technology in service of America’s diplomatic and development goals.

Prior to his service at the State Department, Alec worked on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team and served as Convener for Obama for America’s Technology, Media & Telecommunications Policy Committee.

In 2000, Alec Ross and three colleagues co-founded One Economy, a global nonprofit that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information about education, jobs, health care and other vital issues to low-income people. During his eight years at One Economy, it grew from a team of four people working in a basement to the... Read More.

Denice Ross
Denice Ross (City of New Orleans)

Denice Ross has fifteen years of experience in user-centered design and specializes in creating large web sites that convey complex information through an intuitive user experience. When Denice joined the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center in 2001, Census 2000 was being released and there was great promise of using the Internet to democratize federal statistics so they would be easy for non-data-experts to access and use.

She built the web site of neighborhood data, with a loyal following of 5,000 unique monthly visits before Katrina, and now double the traffic and a wide audience including neighborhood leaders, national media and the White House as they track the recovery of New Orleans after the storm. Ms. Ross has been a long-time contributor to... Read More.

Hart Rossman

Hart Rossman is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Cyber Security Solutions at SAIC. He also enjoys an appointment as a Senior Research Fellow with the Supply Chain Management Center at the University of Maryland, where he studies cyber supply chain security. Concurrently, Mr. Rossman is a faculty member with the Institute for Applied Network Security (, represents SAIC-IRT in FIRST (, and is a founding member of the Corporate Executive Programme ( He is on the Editorial Board for “IT Professional” magazine, a publication of the IEEE and co-author of their “Insecure IT” column. Mr. Rossman co-authored NIST SP 800-64rev2, “Security Considerations in the System Development Life Cycle”. He has earned a Certified Information... Read More.

Vish Sankaran (Federal Health Architecture, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, Department of Health and Human Services)

As the program director for the Federal Health Architecture, an E-Gov initiative managed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Mr. Sankaran is responsible for bringing together and coordinating health IT activities for more than 20 federal agencies. Federal collaboration achieved through FHA is responsible for progress in a wide variety of health domains, including: improving healthcare for our Wounded Warriors, enhancing public health monitoring, accelerating disability eligibility determinations, advancing research, enhancing tribal health services, and supporting many other critical federal health mandates.

Mr. Sankaran’s leadership resulted in a major milestone for health IT interoperability in 2008 when six federal agencies and multiple private sector organizations demonstrated the ability to securely... Read More.

Robbie Schingler (Planet Labs), @chingler

Robbie Schingler is an Engineering Project Manager in the Office of the Center Director at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) where he focuses on non-traditional partnerships and new ventures for NASA. Robbie works in the Small Spacecraft Division helping to bring small spacecraft partners and flight projects into NASA, and most recently was the Capture Lead for the NASA Small Explorer Program (SMEX) proposed mission called the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).

Robbie is one of the co-founders of the NASA CoLab project in 2006, and is an active participant in creating public participation and open innovation at NASA. Previously, he has worked at NASA in three different positions: program and policy analysis in the... Read More.

Marc Schweigert
Marc Schweigert (Microsoft Corporation), @devkeydet

Marc Schweigert is a Principal Developer Evangelist for Microsoft Corporation, covering the US Public Sector. Marc has 15+ years of experience in the software industry as a developer, architect, consultant and evangelist. In 2004 he joined Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism team to focus all of his time on the developer community to explore, understand, and implement solutions built on the .NET platform. In addition to his extensive industry experience, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from the Virginia Military Institute. Marc lives in Ashburn, Virginia with his wife of 11+ years and 2 children.

Sonal Shah
Sonal Shah (Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation)

Sonal Shah heads the White House Domestic Policy Council’s Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation (SICP). She also served on President Obama’s Transition Board overseeing the Technology, Innovation, Government Reform working group. Prior to joining the White House, Sonal led’s global development efforts, focusing on transparency, openness, and civic participation, as well as growing small and medium sized enterprises. Before her time at Google, she was Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where she developed and implemented the firm’s environmental strategy. Sonal also co-founded and directed Indicorps, a U.S.-based non-profit offering fellowships for Indian-Americans to work on development projects in India. Prior to that, she worked on trade, outsourcing and post-conflict reconstruction issues at the Center for American Progress, and developed and managed... Read More.

Lewis Shepherd
Lewis Shepherd (Microsoft Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments)

Lewis Shepherd is the Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft’s Institute for Advanced Technology in Governments, having joined Microsoft in 2007. He has degrees from Stanford University (where he was a Rockefeller Graduate Fellow), the University of Virginia, and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). He has also been a guest-lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for MBA courses on government/business relations. Lewis spent two decades working in and around Silicon Valley, but after the 9/11 attacks he focused on technologies to support the Intelligence Community and in 2003 accepted an offer to become Senior Technology Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he spent four years participating in a remarkable period of innovation and reform for the intelligence community. Some of his... Read More.

John L. Sheridan (Information Policy and Services Directorate of the UK’s National Archives), @johnlsheridan

John Sheridan is Head of e-Services and Strategy at the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) in addition to serving as a co-chair of the W3C’s eGovernment Interest Group. OPSI is a key enabler for the re-use of government information, with responsibility for the re-use strand of policy development the operationally the management of Crown copyright and database rights (the UK Government’s Intellectual Property). John works at the intersection of information policy, technology and online service delivery. With a background in Information Technology, specializing in the Web, he has led a number of projects to enable government data, in particular using Semantic Web technology. John was part of the team of officials support the Power of Information strand of policy development. John has... Read More.

Kathy Sierra
Kathy Sierra (SeriousPony)

Kathy Sierra worked as a game programmer, interaction designer, and learning specialist (Sun Microsystems, UCLA Extension) before creating the best-selling Head First series for O’Reilly. She was the original creator of one of the largest software developer communities,

Bryan Sivak
Bryan Sivak (Government of the District of Columbia)

Bryan Sivak was appointed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on October 13, 2009 to the Cabinet post of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the District of Columbia. As CTO, Sivak leads the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), an organization of more than 500 staff that provides technology services and leadership for 86 agencies, 38,000 employees, residents, businesses and millions of visitors.

Sivak has over 15 years of experience in building software and internet technologies and organizations. In 2002, he founded and developed InQuira, Inc., a multi-national technology solutions company whose products are used at top private and public sector organizations including Bank of America, UK Ministry of Defence, Nokia and T-Mobile. During his tenure, he oversaw every aspect of the... Read More.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith (Microsoft)

Brad Smith is Microsoft’s general counsel and senior vice president, Legal and Corporate Affairs. He leads the company’s Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA), which has just over 1,000 employees and is responsible for the company’s legal work, its intellectual property portfolio, and its government affairs and philanthropic work. He also serves as Microsoft’s corporate secretary and its chief compliance officer.

Since becoming general counsel in 2002, Smith has overseen numerous negotiations leading to competition law and intellectual property agreements with governments and with companies across the IT sector. He has helped spearhead the growth in the company’s intellectual property portfolio and the launch of global campaigns to bring enforcement actions against those engaged in software piracy and counterfeiting, malware, consumer fraud, and... Read More.

Walton Smith
Walton Smith (Booz Allen Hamilton), @walton3

Walton Smith is one of Booz Allen’s thought leaders in Enterprise/Gov 2.0. Walton’s entrepreneurial approach has led Booz Allen teams to design, develop and implement social media strategies for government agencies and private sector clients. Currently he leads the firm’s internal corporate investment strategy to bolster the Knowledge Management and Information Sharing Program including the platform. Mr. Smith steered the successful Enterprise/Gov 2.0 engagement across multiple teams improving the flow of information to and from consulting staff, and increasing the value of collaborative outcomes. He ensured adoption and usage of the new enterprise program by integrating change management strategy with the implementation of IT technologies including social networking and enterprise search. Mr. Smith previously led the successful implementation of two firm wide Business Process... Read More.

Jeffrey A.  Sorenson

Prior to his current position as the Department of the
Army CIO/G6, he was the Deputy for Acquisition and
Systems Management to the Assistant Secretary of the
Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology).

Upon his graduation from the United States Military
Academy, Lieutenant General Sorenson was
commissioned as a second lieutenant in Field Artillery,
serving in tactical units at III Corps Artillery and in
Germany. Following his transfer into the Military
Intelligence Corps, he served as the Division Artillery
Intelligence Officer and completed several assignments at
the division staff and operational level.

He has over 20 years of acquisition experience as a
... Read More.

Victoria Stodden (Yale Law School), @victoriastodden

Victoria is a Postdoctoral Associate in Law and a Kauffman Fellow in Law at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. After completing her PhD in statistics, she obtained a Master’s in Legal Studies in 2007 from Stanford Law School where she created a new licensing structure for computational research. Her paper proposing this Intellectual Property framework, called the “Reproducible Research Standard,” won the Kaltura Writing Competition, given in connection with the Third Conference on Access to Knowledge (A2K3) in 2008. She completed her PhD in statistics at Stanford University in 2006 with advisor David Donoho. A component of her dissertation was the development and release of SparseLab, a collaborative platform for distributing code and data underlying published papers that focus on sparse solutions... Read More.

Patrick Svenburg
Patrick Svenburg (Microsoft Corporation), @svenburg

Patrick Svenburg works as Senior Manager, Developer & Platform Evangelism within Microsoft’s Public Sector Division. His team is responsible for driving early adoption and awareness of next-generation technologies among customers and partners with a focus on the developer and technical architect communities. He is particularly passionate about technologies related to open government, cloud computing and social media. He has over 15 years’ experience within the international software industry and have previously held executive positions at Precise Biometrics, Oracle Corporation and the Swedish Trade Council.

Rusty Talbot (Synteractive)

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... Read More.

David Tallan (Government of Ontario [Canada]), @david_tallan

David Tallan led the OPSpedia team. As Senior Manager of Enterprise Web Development for the Ontario government, David Tallan is responsible for web modernization, for the website and for providing standards and guidance to the Ontario Public Service web community. An important part of that is guidance on how best to leverage emerging web technologies. David has been providing access to government information and services over the Internet since 1993. When he first tried the web, it was limited to the CERN server and the “www” browser. Now, he’s providing advice to government leaders on how best to use the latest emerging web technologies – and putting that advice into practice.

Clive Thompson (Wired/New York Times Magazine), @pomeranian99


Chris Thorpe
Chris Thorpe (Artfinder)

Chris is never sure what to say in biographies and tends to introduce himself as someone who makes things, often with code, always powered by tea. His background as a research scientist and his early involvement in Open Access publishing, makes him fascinated and passionate about what happens when data, content, platforms, identity and pretty much anything opens up.

Previously he’s worked on projects as diverse as video archives of Nobel Prize winners, putting contemporary art on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, building best-selling social worlds for children, a developer platform for The Guardian and open data projects with the UK government.

He’s a co-founder and Technologist at Artfinder, a startup which is aiming at being the place to find art anywhere the network... Read More.

Susan Turpyn (Unisys Corporation)

Susan Turpyn is a Practice Director at Unisys Federal Systems with responsibility for delivering on a wide range of projects for GSA including web development (e.g., and, financial application operations support, and Unisys ClearPath managed services for supply chain and transportation applications. She has recently lead Unisys Federal Cloud initiatives to coordinate and promote appropriate solutions for this market. Susan is a 30 year veteran in the IT industry with both commercial and Federal IT management experience. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona and an active ACT/IAC Fellow.

Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk (VaynerMedia)

GARY GETS BUSINESS: Meet Gary Vaynerchuk (VAY NER CHUK), a 34 year old New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author who is also a self-trained wine and social media expert. From a young age, it was clear that Gary was a businessman. At 8 years old he was operating 7 lemonade stands in his neighborhood and by 10 he had moved onto selling baseball cards at local malls. In high school while working at his family owned liquor store, Gary started reading The Wine Spectator and wine books, and realized collecting wine offered an allure similar to his previous hobby of collecting baseball cards. With a wealth of knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit, Gary spent every... Read More.

Jose Vazquez (Department of Homeland Security)

Jose Vazquez is the Director of the First Responder Technologies (R-Tech) program at the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. Jose leads the Tech Clearinghouse group which rapidly disseminates technology information on products and services available to first responders through, an umbrella portal, and First Responder Communities of Practice, a professional networking and collaboration site. Additionally, he oversees the Tech Solutions group which provides resources and technology solutions that address mission emergent high priority capability gaps identified by the emergency response community. Jose served twenty years in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer prior to joining the Federal Government as a civilian in September 2002; during his last tour on active duty, he was assigned to the Navy Staff... Read More.

Michelle Viotti (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Michelle Viotti is the Manager for NASA’s Mars Public Engagement Program, which covers formal education, informal education, and public outreach activities for missions in NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. In this position, she leads a team of communications and education experts at JPL and coordinates the efforts of Mars-related education and public outreach activities undertaken by other NASA Centers and Principal Investigators at universities. Mars Public Engagement includes the Mars Student Imaging Project, Mars Robotics Education, Imagine Mars, the Mars Museum Visualization Alliance, among others.

Prior to her Mars involvement, Michelle was the Team Lead for the Universe theme at JPL, which covered the Origins Program and Fundamental Physics research. She also served as Media Relations Officer for this theme. Her first position... Read More.

Alex Voultepsis (Office of the Director of National Intelligence)

Mr. Voultepsis is responsible for the technical strategy for Intelink—the Intelligence Community’s collaboration and information sharing environment. This strategy forms the basis for the delivery of net-centric products and services provided by Intelink to the extended national intelligence enterprise. The mission of Intelink is to connect people with people and people with information with simple, timely, self-service web solutions. He previously lead the Enterprise Services Division, Intelligence Community Enterprise Solutions (Intelink) under the direction of the Intelligence Community Chief Information Officer. In this capacity, he lead the design, integration, deployment, and operations of web-based net-centric tools and services that enhance the Intelligence Community’s ability to collaborate and share information at the unclassified, secret and top secret levels. Mr. Voultepsis is a U.S. Army veteran with... Read More.

Zubin Wadia
Zubin Wadia (CiviGuard, Inc.), @zubinwadia

Zubin is a parallel technology entrepreneur with a passion for Open Data, Gov 2.0 and positive social impact. He is the founder of CiviGuard Technologies, RedRock IT Solutions and a partner at ImageWork Technologies. Over the last 10 years he has deployed complex process automation and content management systems for Government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

He is especially familiar with the City of New York’s agencies such as FDNY, NYPD, Department of Health and the Department of Design and Construction. Over his career he has remained fiercely independent when it comes to technology platform choices – having implemented solutions on Java, Open Source, .NET and mobile platforms.

He enjoys programming whenever possible – with Scala, Erlang, Haskell being current favorites. Zubin... Read More.

Greg Whisenant
Greg Whisenant (GroopVille, Inc.), @gwhisenant

Greg Whisenant is an entrepreneur and general manager.

Steve Willett (Defense Intelligence Agency)

Steve Willett has spent a decade in the US Government developing web-enabled solutions. As a Fed 100 Award-winner in 2008, Steve was recognized as an ‘Agent of Change’ for work that included the introduction of server-side mashups, Web 2.0 interfaces, and the first service-oriented architecture presentation layer within the intelligence community. Steve is currently working in the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Office of the CTO and manages the agency’s Intelligence Community Data Layer (ICDL).

Dan Zarrella is an award-winning social, search, and viral marketing scientist and author of the O’Reilly Media book “The Social Media Marketing Book“. He has a background in web development and combines his programming capabilities with a passion for social marketing to study social media behavior from a data-backed position and teach marketers scientifically grounded best practices.

His Link Attraction Factors report helped readers determine which topics, days, times, and keywords attract links in social media stories for semantic content optimization, while his Viral Content report details the motivations, preferences and habits involved in online content sharing. His Science of ReTweets Report analyzes the when, why and how Twitter users ReTweet things, and explains how marketers can effectively get more ReTweets, and TweetPsych is linguistic... Read More.

John Zeberlein

John leads business strategy, alliances, strategic sales and offerings for
CSC North American Public Sector (NPS) cloud computing practice. He also is
a member of the Global Cloud Computing team responsible for select Global
Cloud initiatives and aligning NPS direction with global strategies,
communications, and offerings. John leads the strategic sales pursuit of
critical go-to-market client opportunities and partner initiatives. A
notable example was the City of Los Angeles award of a CloudMail and
Collaboration project with a key NPS Cloud Computing partner, Google. John
has over 15 years of enterprise IT sales, consulting, and management
experience with global consulting and systems integrators. Prior to this
experience, he was a U.S... Read More.

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