Government Technology’s GTC West conference kicked off Tuesday, August 20 in Sacramento, Calif. The event, which continues on August 21, features nearly 20 sessions, covering topics on the minds of public-sector IT leaders, ranging from smart infrastructure and big data, to cybersecurity and cloud computing.

Among the speakers on Tuesday was former Manor, Texas CIO Dustin Haisler. At Manor, Haisler launched groundbreaking citizen engagement and crowdsourcing initiatives that set the standard for innovation in small local governments. Haisler is now president of KlabLab, Inc., a California-based tech startup.