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How Does Raleigh Use Open Source?

Jason Hibbets (Red Hat), Gail Roper (City of Raleigh)
Business | Community
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In this session, Gail Roper, Raleigh CIO, and Jason Hibbets, Code for Raleigh brigade captain and project manager, will highlight how city government and citizens are working together to create a more open and participatory city. They will cover the details of the open government resolution, the creation and implementation of an open data portal, the open source solutions used in the City, and the open procurement process for IT. Beyond that, they will highlight apps created by citizens and other partnership opportunities between the City and citizens to create a more collaborative experience for the City of Raleigh residents.

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Jason Hibbets

Red Hat

Jason Hibbets is a project manager in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat. He is the lead administrator, content curator, and community manager for and has been with Red Hat since 2003. He is the author of “The foundation for an open source city,” a book that outlines how to implement the open source city brand through open government.

He graduated from NC State University and lives in Raleigh, NC. where he’s been applying open source principles in neighborhood organizations in Raleigh for several years, highlighting the importance of transparency, collaboration, and community building. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, gardening, watching football, participating in his local government, blogging for South West Raleigh, and training his Border Collies to be frisbee and agility dogs. He heads to the beaches of North Carolina during hurricane season to ride the waves.

Gail Roper

City of Raleigh

28 year IT executive, CIO, and C-level administrator. Vast experience in the area of strategic planning, IT consolidation, and large scale system implementation including ERP, GIS, VoIP, web efforts and fiber/conduit implementation projects. Understands the value of partnerships, well connected with national strategist and innovative thinkers. Fortunate to have well-rounded experience in progressive environments that influence national strategies for innovation. Highly effective in political arenas, governance strategy, and working with auditing process. Has historically brought resources to the organization in the form of grants, funding, and partnerships with public and private entities.

Specialties: Strategic thinker with the idea that technology should promote efficiency in any organization. Focused on innovation and promoting the use of technology to solve problems. Significant success in the area of public/private partnerships, multi-jurisictional efforts, complex contract negotiations, RFP negotiations and evaluations. Prior experience in the development of cost models, Return on Investment strategies, and business case models including financial self funding models. Accountable leader maintaining a focus on productivity and effective practices.