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Over the past fifteen years users of the World Wide Web have created remarkable new possibilities and business models reshaping our economy. A new generation has come of age with this technology and is committed to using its creativity, collaboration and civic-mindedness to address challenges facing our country and the world. With the proliferation of issues and not enough resources to address them all, many government leaders recognize the value in public-private partnerships and the opportunities inherent in harnessing a highly motivated and diverse population to address the great challenges facing our nation.

President Obama exhorted us to rise to the challenge: “We must use all available technologies and methods to open up the federal government, creating a new level of transparency to change the way business is conducted in Washington, and giving Americans the chance to participate in government deliberations and decision-making in ways that were not possible only a few years ago.”

There is a new compact on the horizon: government maintains information on a variety of issues and that information should rightly be considered a national asset. Citizens are connected like never-before and have the skill sets and passion to solve problems affecting them locally as well as nationally. Government information and services can be provided to citizens where and when they need it. Citizens will be empowered to become leaders, with government, to spark the innovation that will result in an improved approach to governance.

Yet, why have 40,000 applications been developed for the Apple iPhone by independent developers while other phones have to develop their own applications? Why are there thousands of mash-ups for Google Maps, but only hundreds for any other web-mapping platform? Why are there hundreds of third party applications for Twitter? Becoming a platform that enables the success of others is the secret sauce of Silicon Valley.

How does government itself become an open platform that allows people inside and outside government to innovate? How do you design a system in which all of the outcomes aren’t specified beforehand, but instead evolve through interactions between the technology provider and its user community? How can open data, broadband stimulus, and other government technology initiatives spark innovation?

We are going to hear from outside innovators, both core technology industries and edge-level creators; from user-generated applications in the private sector to government employees recognizing needs and acting on them. We will hear from policy makers and thoughtful critics, and we hope to hear from you.

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Tim O'Reilly

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

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 economy and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world. He is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media and a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV). He is also a founder and board member at Maker Media, which spun out of O’Reilly Media in 2012, and a board member at Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox.

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Richard O'Neill

The Highlands Group

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

  • Government Executive Media Group
  • Nextgov
  • Anita Borg Institute
  • Express
  • The Highlands Group
  • The Huffington Post
  • The Washington Post
  • Who Runs Gov
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  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Microsoft
  • ESRI
  • Google
  • HP
  • Intel
  • Palantir Technologies
  • EffectiveUI
  • ForeSee Results
  • SharedBook
  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • Aquilent
  • JackBe
  • Salesforce.com
  • Sapient
  • Survey Analytics
  • Synteractive
  • Touchstone
  • Case Foundation
  • Government Executive Media Group
  • Nextgov

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Rob Koziura at rkoziura@techweb.com.

For media partnerships, contact Matthew Balthazor 949-223-3628 mbalthazor @techweb.com

For media-related inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at maureen@oreilly.com or Natalia Wodecki at nwodecki@techweb.com

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