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Showcasing Innovators for Government

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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:

This is an Ignite style set of presentations by the six (6) winners of the Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase contest held on Sept 8th. Our moderators are Laurel Ruma and Mark Drapeau, Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy of the National Defense University and co-founder of the Government 2.0 Club, an international platform for sharing knowledge about the intersection between technology and governance. Mark will introduce our gold star winners who will demonstrate what our innovators inside and outside government have been doing to create GOV2.0.

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Mark Drapeau

Microsoft

Mark Drapeau is Co-Chair of the Gov 2.0 Expo. He is currently the Director of Innovative Social Engagement for Microsoft’s U.S. Public Sector division in Washington, D.C. He was until recently an adjunct professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, and an Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Technology and National Security Policy at the National Defense University. Some of his NDU research on Government 2.0 was published in a report titled Social Software and National Security: An Initial Net Assessment. He is a frequent guest speaker and blogger on topics related to government, marketing, social media, and science & technology.

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

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Laurel Ruma

O'Reilly Media

Laurel Ruma is a content director at O’Reilly Media. Laurel has chaired a number of O’Reilly conferences and workshops, including Next:Economy, Cultivate, Where 2.0, OSCON Java, and Gov 2.0 Expo.

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Merrick Schaefer

UNICEF

Merrick Schaefer is a Technical Project Coordinator in UNICEF’s Innovation Team based out of the UN’s New York Headquarters. He both develops strategies for innovative uses of technology in UNICEF’s work and coordinates the UI design, software development and field implementations of technical projects. His projects cover a wide spectrum of UNICEF’s work, ranging from developing Speak Africa, a social network connecting youth in eight African nations to discuss their most pressing issues on the web and with SMS, to using SMS to gather real-time data tracking food distribution during a famine in Ethiopia.

Merrick started working as a web developer in 1995, having a front row seat to the explosive growth of the World Wide Web. He has worked on enterprise level systems while consulting at Accenture, as well as creating websites for small businesses and non-profits while running a web development consultancy. He graduated from the University of Chicago where he earned a B.A. in Medical Ethics, when not hacking on web projects. Merrick is also an avid rock climber of 17 years, and often can be found dangling off cliffs in far flung corners of the world.

  • 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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