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Jim Duffey, Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia
Tim Gard, Author, Speaker Hall of Fame member
We are facing difficult times. The pressure to do more with less, deliver to deadlines, and respond to increasing expectations has - in many cases - created an epidemic of stress and dysfunction. Everything seems so serious, and to Tim Gard this is not an acceptable way to work and live. Although he is one of the funniest men in America, Tim doesn't make light of serious situations; he shines light on them to reveal previously unseen possibilities. He points out that everyone smiles and laughs in the same language, and "finding humor when it's most needed" can be the very best way to boost morale and restore a creative atmosphere. After all, life is a game - or should be! It all depends on how one looks at things. By shifting your perspective, you can change your experience - and the experience you create for others - in a real, tangible, and valuable way. It's never too late to change the game.
The boom in consumer technology means that everyone now owns devices that are probably far more powerful and useful than those provided by the workplace. So it's unrealistic to expect that people won't use them for work-related functions to at least some degree. This session discusses how to embrace the trend while still maintaining control and security.
The security environment is becoming increasingly complex due to factors such as transparency, shared services, data sharing, mobility, cloud computing and social networking – all of which contribute to a wide variety of risks and vulnerabilities. The old saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" has never been more true. This session discusses some of the approaches and solutions that are being used successfully in both public and private sectors.
More than 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years and is expected to grow a staggering 50X within the next decade, driven by an explosion of unstructured data such as social media, email, sensors, videos, maps and photographs. This presents an enormous challenge to infrastructure but at the same time opens the door to unprecedented opportunities for mining useful information. This session focuses on trends, strategies and technologies.
Though health care reform has had – and continues to have – its share of controversy, the one thing on which everyone agrees is that the impact on government IT will be enormous. Are systems ready? Is enough progress being made? What is the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act? This session discusses current developments and how to prepare for the changes ahead.
Cathilea Robinett, Executive Vice President of e.Republic and founder of the Center for Digital Government
If you had to describe the IT industry with just a single word, that word would be change. Change is the one thing – perhaps the only thing – about technology that never changes! This session takes an educated and candid look around the corner to answer burning questions such as:
Cloud computing is a paradigm shift, no doubt about it. But it's a paradigm that keeps on shifting, making it difficult to get a good grasp on exactly what it is, where it’s headed, and how (and if) it's being used successfully. This session takes a fresh look at cloud computing in government today.
Rapid advances in mobile technologies are causing fundamental changes to social interaction, resulting in an overwhelming demand for mobile solutions and applications. But flexibility comes at a price, and the plethora of devices and platforms means that one size does not fit all. This session discusses approaches and strategies that deliver the broadest impact with the least distress.
With the number of users of Facebook closing in on a billion and Twitter at half a billion, social media is clearly here to stay. Government organizations can’t afford to fall too far behind the curve. This session discusses the value of social media campaigns and how to conduct them safely and effectively in reaching your agency's goals.
"Kanban" traces back to the early days of the Toyota production system fifty years ago. It originated as a conceptual approach to just-in-time production and is now being adapted for use in agile software development. This session takes a look at how Kanban can lead to better and more timely results.
Honor all entrants to the 2012 Governor's Technology Awards; network with colleagues and exhibitors.
Applaud the winners of the annual Governor's Technology Awards. This awards program honors outstanding achievements and recognizes innovative technology initiatives in the public sector throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Jefferson "Beak" Howell, Adjunct Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, and Former Director of NASA's Johnson Space Center
The Johnson Space Center is NASA's center for spaceflight training, research and mission control. Its workforce of 15,000 includes a hundred astronauts, hundreds of scientists and thousands of engineers. It is perhaps the most exhilarating organization in the world – and at times the most daunting. Lieutenant General "Beak" Howell was the Director of the Space Center when the worst imaginable thing happened: the Columbia shuttle explosion in 2003. It was a demanding test of leadership, but one that Beak was uniquely qualified to meet after a career of profound – and often astounding – experiences. In this fascinating session, he shares the challenges and lessons learned that led to his legendary "Beak’s Rules of Leadership".
It's a mobile world, and citizens expect to be able to access services and information anytime, anywhere. Therefore pressure is mounting on government IT organizations to be more proactive in providing mobile apps both internally and externally. But it's not as difficult as one might think. This session looks at some innovative and successful apps being used today.
The population is getting more sophisticated – and demanding – about being heard by the government. At the same time, governments are recognizing the many benefits of actively encouraging citizen engagement via tools such as social media, open data, mobile apps, and smarter websites. This session provides a glimpse into the future of open and participatory government and the innovations and technologies that are leading the way.
In an era of limited resources, citizen relationship management is an essential element for increasing efficiency, improving services and developing customer-driven applications. This session discusses ways to gather, store, analyze and utilize information in order to best meet the needs of our citizens.
Governor Bob McDonnell, Commonwealth of Virginia