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Government Data on Both Sides of the Bridge

Moderated by:
Jesse Robbins (Orion Labs)
Shannon Spanhake (City & County of San Francisco), Eddie Tejeda (Civic Insight / OpenOakland / Public Ethics Commission)
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Local government is poised to reap huge benefits from open data and citizen access. Less fettered than state or federal governments, yet with access to vast amounts of information on how populations and services are working, data can pinpoint problems and make cities smarter. Join Kiran Jain, the Senior Deputy Attorney for the City of Oakland, and Shannon Spanhake, the Deputy Innovation Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, to learn how governments are changing, and being changed, by the digital age.

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Jesse Robbins

Founder & CEO, Orion Labs

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 Hurricane Katrina. When not building companies or putting out fires he can be found sailing, diving, and skiing.

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Shannon Spanhake

Deputy Innovation Office , City & County of San Francisco

Shannon Spanhake is the Deputy Innovation Officer for the City & County of San Francisco in the Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee. She aims to drive economic development with innovation, achieve diversity and inclusion in tech and make government more responsive and efficient. Prior to this role, she was at a startup founded with her patented civic technology, which she was recognized in “100 Women Innovating Science and Technology” by the Grace Hopper Foundation and was a semifinalist in the Buckminster Fuller Inventor competition. Additionally, she has worked in India, Peru, Mexico and other emerging economies to unleash the transformative power of innovation to solve complex problems.

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Eddie Tejeda

CEO, Civic Insight / OpenOakland / Public Ethics Commission

Eddie serves as Vice-Chair in the City of Oakland’s Public Ethics Commission and is the co-founder and Director of Technology for OpenOakland, a non-profit that works closely with Oakland’s City Hall promote civic innovation and open government.

Eddie is the CEO/Co-Founder of Civic Insight, a civic tech startup focused on making municipal property information available to the public in real-time. Eddie has 10 years of experience bringing innovative thinking to civic institutions. Previously, Eddie was a 2012 Code for America fellow and co-creator of BlightStatus for the City of New Orleans.

Before Code for America, Eddie built, an online community and open-source project that allows for paragraph-by-paragraph commenting on complex texts. is now used by universities, governments and libraries across the country. He also worked with Cornell University to build, a project that was chosen by the Department of Transportation (DOT) as its open-government flagship initiative and received a Leading Practices Award by the White House.