We’re thrilled to have the following all-star roster of people on hand as Special Guests at Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase - to contribute to the conversation and critique of the presentations and to help cast a deciding vote in the event of a tie after the audience vote.
As the Director of Online Strategy for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Daniel and his team are responsible for using new media tools to engage, organize, and advocate for new veterans, their families, and the civilians who support them.
Chris DiBona is the Open Source Programs Manager for Mountain View, Ca based Google, Inc. His job includes managing open source related compliance and outreach programs for the company. Before joining Google, Mr. DiBona was an editor/author for the hugely popular online website slashdot.org and he is an internationally known advocate of open source software and related methodologies. He co-edited the award winning essay compilations "Open Sources" and "Open Sources 2.0" for O'Reilly and writes for a great number of publications.
William (Bill) Eggers is one of the country’s best known authorities on government reform. An author, columnist, and popular speaker for two decades, he has built a significant following among public sector thought leaders in the U.S., Canada and overseas. Eggers has advised dozens of cities, states and foreign countries and trained hundreds of public officials on government restructuring.
Currently as the global director for Deloitte Research and executive director of Deloitte’s Public Leadership Institute, he is responsible for research and thought leadership for Deloitte’s Public Sector practice. Eggers is a former appointee to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s Performance Measurement Advisory Commission and the former Project Director for the Texas Performance Review/e-Texas initiative. He was involved in two performance reviews, in which he identified over $2.5 billion worth of savings and non-tax revenues for the state. More than 60 percent of the recommendations in the reviews were enacted into law. Eggers also served as a Commissioner for the Texas Incentive and Productivity Commission and a designee on the Texas Council on Competitive Government.
Susannah Fox is the associate director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Fox also contributes to e-patients.net, a multi-author blog about health and health care.
Scott Heiferman is Chief Organizer of Meetup, dedicated to 21st century local community organizing. Today, millions of people are part of self-organized Meetup Groups around thousands of topics in over 100 countries - with thousands of Meetups (real events) happening daily. Meetup is now a self-sustaining operation, pursuing a long-range dream of a "Meetup Everywhere about Most Everything" - giving everyone access to a local community group when they need it. Heiferman received the Jane Addams Award from the National Conference on Citizenship and the MIT Technology Review "Innovator of the Year". He graduated from The University of Iowa.
As the first ever CIO of the NY State Senate, Andrew Hoppin is working to open up the Senate's legislative and administrative data for public access (Transparency), overhaul the Senate's internal communications and collaboration infrastructure (Efficiency), and launch new Web 2.0 / social media technologies for the Senate (Public Participation).
Tim Koelkebeck is focused on improving collaboration and increasing transparency within his department at the Pentagon by transitioning its analog work processes to web applications. Tim was introduced to the Government 2.0 community in November 2008, when he and two friends won the Apps for Democracy contest hosted by Vivek Kundra.
Ellen S. Miller is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based, non-partisan non-profit dedicated to using the power of the Internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency. She is the founder of two prominent Washington-based organizations in the field of money and politics - the Center for Responsive Politics and Public Campaign - and a nationally recognized expert on government transparency, campaign finance and ethics issues. Read Ellen’s full bio
Chris Rasmussen has been instrumental in pioneering the introduction of a wide range of social software tools such as wikis, blogs, user tagging services, and social networking services for knowledge management and information in to the United States Intelligence Community (IC). His classified blog "Need-to-Share not Need-to-Know Guy" is one of the most read and commented upon blogs in the IC. Mr. Rasmussen has received several prestigious awards for innovation and leadership such as the Director of National Intelligence "Exceptional Pioneer Award" in 2007 for helping pioneer the Intellipedia movement and was selected as one of the "Federal 100" by Federal Computer Week in 2008.
John Scott is the Director of Open Source Software and Integration at Mercury Federal Systems with deep expertise in engineered systems and bridging the gap between decision-makers, scientists and engineers to develop policies for acquiring and deploying new technologies in the Department of Defense and US Government. He has focused his career on investigating and developing ideas for how large organizations design, construct and evolve extremely complex systems to meet National Security needs.John currently leads the Defense Department’s Open Technology Development (OTD) initiative, sponsored by the Office of Secretary of Defense Advanced Systems & Concepts.
Micah L. Sifry is co-founder and editor of the Personal Democracy Forum, a website and annual conference that covers the ways technology is changing politics and TechPresident.com, an award-winning group blog on how the American presidential candidates are using the web and how the web is using them. In addition he has been a senior technology adviser to the Sunlight Foundation since its founding in 2006.
David Stern is a co-founder of MixedInk, a startup that provides technology for large-scale, democratic, collaborative writing. MixedInk enables government agencies and political campaigns to manage huge volumes of input, harness stakeholders' collective wisdom, and engage citizens in meaningful conversation. MixedInk's tool has been used by The Associated Press, Slate Magazine, several elected representatives, and the White House, which used the platform to gather citizen input during the recent Open Government Initiative.
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