PAST EVENT

May 22 - 23, 2013

"When citizens interact with their government, they do not compare their experiences to other public sector services. They compare government to private industry leaders who exemplify customer centricity and quality commitment. Come join us at this year's Digital Government Summit and learn how technology can enable the modernization of government and the services we provide."

- Aaron Sandeen, Chief Information Officer, State of Arizona

Arizona Digital Government Summit 2013 Overview

For speaker contact information, click on Speakers link at left of page and locate speaker profile.

For speaker presentations (where available), click on Agenda link at left of page and locate session.

Keynote Speakers

International explorer, photographer, author, and television host Josh Bernstein has traveled more than 1,000,000 miles by train, plane, bus, bike and camel to over 65 countries, exploring the biggest mysteries of our planet in pursuit of knowledge and discovery.

Josh has traced the Ark of the Covenant from the caverns of Jerusalem to the mountains of Ethiopia, searched for the Holy Grail in the bowels of Nazi Germany, and communed with tribal chiefs in the darkest jungles of the Amazon Rainforest. He has ventured deep underground with NASA scientists to explore the origins of life on Earth and has hunted with alleged cannibals by moonlight in the forests of Papua New Guinea--all in a quest to uncover some of the most fascinating mysteries of our planet.

Josh's television career began when he debuted as the host of a new adventure-archaeology series called Digging for the Truth on The History Channel. The series quickly became the highest-rated original series in the network's history. Later, Josh moved to Discovery Channel, where he served as host and executive producer of Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein. Josh is currently developing a number of new projects.

In addition to his work on television, Josh is also the president and CEO of the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, the oldest and largest wilderness survival school in the world. Josh is a fellow of The Explorers Club and The Royal Geographical Society and a patron of the American Museum of Natural History.

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Sessions

Kristy Fifelski is recognized as a national leader in government social media and digital strategy.

Kristy works closely with e.Republic Inc., the parent company behind popular industry publications such as Government Technology and GOVERNING magazines. She is also the creator and host of GovGirl, a unique online video show focused on government innovation. What started off as a small blog about her experiences during her 10-year career in government turned into a popular video series followed by government employees all over the country.

She served on the board of directors of the National Association of Government Web Professionals, and her government career included being the web manager for the City of Reno, NV, public relations coordinator for the City of Wheaton, IL and deputy clerk for the Town of Cortland, IL.

Kristy holds a Master's Degree in Communication from Northern Illinois University, where she graduated with honors.

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Sessions

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Sessions

Wednesday May. 22 2:30PM

IT Skill Sets of the Future

Good IT people are hard to find...and even harder to keep. Impending retirements are pushing organizations to solve this challenge sooner rather than later. To... more

Aaron Sandeen, Deputy Director and State Chief Information Officer
Aaron Sandeen is a visionary executive-level leader with over 17 years in technology. Serving as the Deputy Director of the Department of Administration (ADOA) and State Chief Information Officer (CIO), he oversees the Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology (ASET) office where he is responsible for leading the state's technology vision and strategy.
With a distinctive mix of private and public sector experience, Aaron was appointed by Governor Janice K. Brewer. As the State CIO, he drives the continuity of mission critical and essential systems to over 130 state agencies with over 31,000 state employees. Leading the ASET office, he is responsible for defining and executing the states strategic IT plan and setting the strategic direction for the efficient delivery of state-wide information technology (IT).
Prior to his appointment, Aaron gained valuable state experience at the Governor's office in varying leadership roles where he successfully led key initiatives in technology, economic recovery, health information exchange, and campaign propositions.
Preceding his work with the state, Aaron obtained a solid technology foundation and efficient business processes from working at industry leaders such as Intel, Microsoft, Syntellect, and UnitedHealth Group. With a technology focus he worked in the areas of engineering, training, marketing, and project management. This extensive experience gives him a unique perspective and aids his vision of leapfrogging capabilities to transform state government.
Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Operations from DeVry University.

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Sessions

Wednesday May. 22 9:00AM

Opening Remarks

Wednesday May. 22 11:00AM

The Changing Role of the CIO

Leading in the public sector has always been challenging, but perhaps even more so today. Revenues have been decreasing for years, public sentiment about government... more

Thursday May. 23 10:45AM

Dealing with Shadow IT - Point/Counterpoint

The "Shadow IT" environment creates a host of management and cost issues for enterprises and usually leaves IT departments holding the bag. IT departments can... more

Wednesday May. 22 1:00PM

General Session - CIO Panel: Live Tweet Q&A

Got a question for a CIO? Now is your chance to ask! Use your mobile device to participate in a question and answer... more

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Sessions

Wednesday May. 22 1:00PM

General Session - CIO Panel: Live Tweet Q&A

Got a question for a CIO? Now is your chance to ask! Use your mobile device to participate in a question and answer... more

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