Govvies increasingly face technical problems without the right resource to help solve them. But sometimes all you need is a few geeks to give you some solid, practical advice and suggest some approaches. This non-traditional session format is not a lecture, but a venue for government folks to pitch their technical problems and ask advice from a cross-section of helpful technologists. We’re looking for attendees from both camps; come if you have a problem or think you may be able to help.
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media. His original business plan was “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.
Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, which is dedicated to the idea that government can work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. She is an Ashoka fellow, and received the Internet and Society Award from the Oxford Internet Institute in 2012. Government Technology named her one of 2011’s Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in Public Sector Innovation and the Huffington Post named her the top Game Changer in Business and Technology the same year. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and is a frequent speaker. Previously, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media, and co-chaired the successful Web 2.0 Expo. She is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Oakland, Calif. with her daughter and eight chickens.
Matthew Burton is a technology consultant to the U.S. Government. He writes frequently on technology’s impact on democracy and government, and authored the opening chapter of O’Reilly’s “Open Government.”
His newest project, launched this August, is competinghypotheses.org, an open source research and problem solving tool created originally for the intelligence community but with broad applications throughout all levels of government.
Phil is the Open Government Program Manager at OpenPlans, a non-profit organization that develops technology and media to improve civic services, urban livability, and local democracy. Phil’s specific focus is to facilitate collaboration between cities on the development of open standards and best practices around open government initiatives. Recently Phil has been helping to direct and mediate the development of the Open311 standard so that cities can leverage web enabled 311 services in an open and interoperable way.
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