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.
Tim is also a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, a founder and board member of Safari Books Online and Maker Media, and on the boards of Code for America and PeerJ.
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
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 helps create digital civic infrastructure to support civic engagement and open government. He’s spearheaded community-driven civic technology initiatives with global reach like the Open311 standard for interacting with government through an open feedback channel. He is currently the Chief Architect at Data.gov where he leads an open development process and helps implement a federated architecture to support open data and APIs across government. Previously, he served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow working with the GSA and the White House Office of Digital Strategy on Project MyUSA.
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