Schedule: Empowering Citizens sessions

“We the people…”, the opening of the US Constitution, is a reminder that our government is nothing other than an expression of the collective will of the citizens. No divine right of kings, no entitled nobles, just we, the people. And government is a mechanism by which we express our will. A mechanism that is being turbocharged by the participatory technologies of the web, social media, and mobile phones.

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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Debra Bowen (State of California)
"We can really change the way people own their country if they know how it works.” That’s California Secretary of State Debra Bowen on the importance of Civics education. In this conversation with Tim O’Reilly, Secretary Bowen will talk about the role of an informed citizenry in the working of government, as well as California’s progress towards open government. Read more.
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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Gregory Miller (Open Source Digital Voting Foundation)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
Gregory Miller, co-director of the Open Source Digital Voting Systems initiative, will give us an overview of the current state of electronic voting systems and the role that open source can play in making them more trustworthy. Read more.
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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Ory Okolloh (Ushahdi), Clare Lockhart (The Institute for State Effectiveness), Steve Killelea (Institute for Economics and Peace)
Clare Lockhart, Steve Killelea, and Ory Okolloh share their experience on the front lines around the world on creating tools and tailored metrics of success, as they bring citizens, organizations and networks bear on making states work better for their people. Read more.
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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Bryan Sivak (Government of the District of Columbia), Nick Grossman (Union Square Ventures)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Every city performs much the same functions for its citizens. Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka, Washington DC Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak, and Open Plans’ director Nick Grossman discuss their new cloud-based initiative for code-sharing between cities, states, and government agencies. Read more.
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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Kathy Sierra (SeriousPony)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 2 ratings)
Blogger, author, and trainer Kathy Sierra has electrified the technology community with her insights about how application developers can use “brain friendly” techniques to create passionate users of their software. Now she turns her insights to the question of how government agencies seeking to engage the public can design programs that create passionate citizens. Read more.
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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Blake Hall (TroopSwap.com)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Fighting networks with networks: how secure social software platforms could save lives in combat. Read more.
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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Steve Midgley (US Department of Education)
Within the federal government alone, millions of learning resources exist but are very hard to find. The federal government has invested billions in developing and curating digital materials suitable for learning. The Learning Registry will make these resources easier to find, share and classify, permitting the public to participate and innovate with the material in new, unforeseen ways. Read more.
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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Mike Alfred (BrightScope)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
This lightening talk features a brief demo of how BrightScope works. However, it will also tell the founders' fascinating story of extracting public data from the Department of Labor and how open data fuels an innovation economy. Read more.
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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Stacy Donohue (Omidyar Network)
Historically, noted individuals have had profound impact on the shape of public policy and government institutions. Today, technology enables all individuals to play a role. Donohue will highlight how simple actions by many individuals have the potential for tremendous social impact. Read more.
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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Walton Smith (Booz Allen Hamilton)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
Technology in Washington DC is starting to sound an awful lot like Silicon Valley. And for good reason: our Government has embraced technology like never before. While this technology is being implemented for everything from increasing transparency to improving collaboration, the common thread underlying all of it is innovation. Read more.
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  • Esri
  • Microsoft
  • IBM
  • Palantir Technologies
  • Alfresco
  • Google
  • govWin
  • IdeaScale
  • Intel
  • NIC
  • Omidyar Network
  • Salesforce.com
  • Telligent
  • Safari Books Online

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Rob Koziura at (415) 947-6111 or email rkoziura@techweb.com

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