Gov 2.0 Expo Call for Presentations
11:59pm 01/06/2010 EST.
Presentation Details | Gov 2.0 Tracks | Tips for Submitting | Resources | Important Dates
We are now planning the program for Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington, DC. O’Reilly Media, TechWeb, and the Gov 2.0 Expo Program Committee invite you to share your insights and experiences.
There is a new opportunity to change how citizens and companies interact with and influence our governing officials, and how those officials communicate and do business with their constituents. Gov 2.0 Expo is the meeting ground for everyone eager to participate in and contribute to this new era of interconnected, technology-driven government.
All Gov 2.0 Expo tracks will showcase work from all levels of government, including international views, and will include different viewpoints of Government 2.0 including inward-facing networks, breaking down barriers to collaboration, and citizen-facing services. We welcome a diverse set of submissions to Gov 2.0 Expo.
From ideas through implementation, we’re looking for war stories, success stories, case studies, innovations and lessons learned. From local, state, and federal governments, to startups, enterprises and independents, if you’re helping define the future in the Gov 2.0 landscape, we want to hear from you.
Presentation Details and Information
If you’re passionate about the power of the Web and how it can be leveraged to create greater transparency, participation, and collaboration between government and citizenry, share your knowledge and insights with your peers at Gov 2.0 Expo.
Our speakers reflect our audience, so we’re looking for independents, startups, enterprises, and everyone in between, in a wide variety of industries. We’re also looking for new thinking. Canned pitches aren’t a fit here; we want to hear your thoughts from your own experience, building on what’s worked (or not) in the real world. See advice on writing a presentation. Gov 2.0 Expo is a mixture of implementation and inspiration. We want attendees to know what they need to do in the next 6 months and how you see government in the future. Case studies, hands-on solutions, and technological explorations are encouraged. When describing your talk, please try to include answers to the following questions:
- What will attendees learn?
- What curtains have been lifted?
- How can attendees use this?
Presentations will be considered for the following types of presentations:
- 50 minute session or panel discussion
- 90 minute workshop
- 5 minute rapid fire presentation
Limited speaking opportunities are also available through conference sponsorship. Contact Kelly Stewart at (415) 947-6236 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Gov 2.0 Expo Tracks
Whether you are submitting for a 50-minute or 90-minute presentation or a 5-minute Rapid Fire presentation, please choose the track which BEST fits your submission from the choices below. Some of the concepts we’ll be exploring at Gov 2.0 Expo include:
- Policy: This track focuses on the rules and laws that govern what can and cannot be done. Suggested topics and presentations include:
- Procurement Reform
- Open Standards
- Intellectual Property
- Cyber Security
- Digital Divide
- Accessibility and Privacy
- Social Collaboration
- Technology: This track focuses mainly on the hardware, software, and other mechanical inventions that underlie what can and cannot be done. Suggested topics and presentations include:
- Enterprise Collaboration
- Media and Communication
- Social Networks
- Mobile Tools
- Open Data
- Cloud Computing
- Challenges: This track focuses on obstacles stemming from policy, technology, or other barricades in the way of change. Suggested topics and presentations include:
- Manager/Employee Relationship
- Interagency Process
- Legal Eagles
- Can We Do That?
- Technical Malfunction
- Citizen Pain
- Sustainable Change
- People: This track highlights the possibilities, challenges, and realities of working with and in government. Suggested topics and presentations include:
- Bridging the Digital Divide
- Overcoming Organizational Challenges
- Encouraging Creative Thinking
- Improving Communication
- Creating Community
- Learning from Example
- Making Due with Less
Tips for Submitting a Presentation
Help us understand why your presentation is the right one for Gov 2.0 Expo.
- Be authentic! Your peers need real-world scenarios they can use. Please submit original presentation ideas that focus on knowledge transfer, and engaging and relevant examples
- Include as much detail about the planned presentation as possible. The more we know about what you plan to present and why it matters, the better
- Be thorough! If you are proposing a panel tell us who else would be on it. If you are going to have a release let us know. If you feel this is something that hasn’t been covered at Gov 2.0 Expo before let us know
- Keep it free of marketing
- Keep the audience in mind: they come from different technological and civic backgrounds
- Clearly identify the level of the talk: is it for beginners to the topic, or for gurus? For government workers or citizen activists? What knowledge should people have when they come to the presentation?
- Give it a simple and straightforward title or name: Clever or inappropriate titles and/or descriptions make it harder for people (committee and attendees) to figure out what you’re really talking about
- Context is important. If your presentation is about something truly ground-breaking, earth-shattering, and new, it will be helpful to the reviewers if you describe it in terms of things that attendees might already know of
- Limit the scope of the talk: in 50 minutes, you won’t be able to cover Everything about Idea X. Instead, pick a useful aspect, or a particular technique, or walk through a simple idea
- The longer the talk you’re proposing, the more detail you should provide
- Explain why people will want to attend your session: Is this project gaining traction? Is it critical to improving daily life at work or in the community? Will they learn how to deploy it in their own workplace, do it themselves, or just what it is?
- Let us know in your presentation notes whether you can give all the talks you submitted presentation for
- Warmed-over talks from some conference circuit are less likely to be appealing. The conference has a limited number of slots, and if attendees can see the same talk somewhere else, why should they come see you at this one? If you speak at a lot of events, be sure to note why this presentation is different
- Don’t assume that your company, department, or nonprofit’s name buys you cred. If you’re talking about something important that you have specific knowledge of because of what your company does, spell that out in the description
- Present something relevant. If you’re presenting a new way to do something that others have been doing for a decade or more, you need an angle on it that’s fresh or an explanation for why it’s important now. The hot things are hot, the cold things are cold, but there are interesting problems in almost everything. One of your challenges as a proposer is to demonstrate that you understand that attendees might need an extra reason to pay attention to something that they might otherwise think of as “settled”
- Avoid taking a scatter-shot approach to presentations if you submit more than one or two. Be focused, have something important to say on a worthwhile topic, and sell the topic (not just yourself)
Please keep in mind that this event is by and for professionals. Our participants expect that all presentations and supporting materials will be respectful, inclusive, and "safe for work."
- The submission deadline for all presentations is January 6, 2010
- Early registration opens in February 2010
- Standard registration begins April 2010