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Chris Vein & Tim O'Reilly: City Data

Location: Ballroom III - VI Level: Novice
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San Francisco has led the way in releasing public data sets and working with citizens to generate more. Under CIO Chris Vein the city launched DataSF. Working with Stamen Design, SF has also started collecting data from its citizens via programs like Cycle Tracks. Chris and Tim will discuss how cities and application developers will benefit from open data and what these programs will look like in the future.

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Chris Vein

City and County of San Francisco

Called San Francisco’s “tech zeitgeist” by Computerworld Magazine, Chris Vein is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City and County of San Francisco (City). In this role, he is responsible for setting the City’s technology vision and direction, ensuring the development and implementation of Citywide standards, policies, and procedures, and running the technology “utility” department providing enterprise services to the City with its 28,000 employees, 52 departments, and $6.5 billion annual budget.

In his tenure as CIO, Chris has led the City in becoming a national force in the application of new media platforms, use of open source applications, creation of new models for expanding digital inclusion, emphasizing “green” technology, and transforming government.

In 2010, Chris was named to Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25: Dreamers, Doers, and Drivers. Last year, Chris was named to the top 50 public section CIOs by InformationWeek Magazine and was honored as the Community Broadband Visionary of the Year by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. Chris has been quoted in a wide range of news sources from the Economist Magazine to his hometown paper, the Grand Forks Herald.

In past work lives, Chris has worked in the public sector at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), for the American Psychological Association, and in a nonpolitical role, at the White House supporting three Presidents of the United States.
In his spare time, Chris is a voracious reader, pretty darn good cook, and sometimes mentor.

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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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Suzanne Axtell
03/08/2010 3:34am PST

This sounds like a really great conversation and I’m very much looking forward to it. I’m wondering what, in Mr. Vein’s opinion, is the most worthwhile contribution DataSF has made to the City so far?