Oct 28, 2014

"The Bay Area Digital Government Summit is a unique opportunity for you to exchange the freshest insights and share best practices with peers and industry leaders.  Whether it’s Open Data or Cloud initiatives; CIO’s need to evolve their IT organizations to ensure their jurisdictions use technology to engage with residents and to foster a culture of innovation.  I encourage you to attend and collaborate with us, as we continue to transform technology in government."

- Bryan Sastokas, Chief Information Officer, City of Oakland


Tuesday, October 28


8:00 am

Registration and Morning Refreshments


9:00 am

Opening Remarks

Bryan Sastokas, Chief Information Officer, City of Oakland

9:15 am

Keynote Speaker

From Analyst to Hero: How Big Data Led to Bin Laden

Cynthia Storer, Former CIA Senior Analyst

Cindy was part of a team of CIA intelligence analysts – dubbed "The Sisterhood" – who discovered obscure data patterns signaling that Al-Qaeda was a coordinated and highly dangerous threat. Though the team raised the alarm, few people listened. Then 9/11 changed the world. Cindy became a key strategic analyst, helping the nation’s policymakers frame their understanding of terrorism and Al-Qaeda. Her pioneering work helped lay the foundation for the efforts of the analysts and targeting officers who eventually found Bin Laden’s hideout, as depicted in the movie Zero Dark Thirty. In this riveting keynote address, Cindy tells the inside story of how Big Data helped lead to the identification and capture of Al-Qaeda leaders, including the most wanted man in history. Her inspirational messages include: believe in what you do, take responsibility, trust your instincts, and think outside the box.

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10:15 am



10:45 am


Open Data, Crowdsourcing and Mitigating Information Requests

Although the debate about open data is still evolving, transparency and open government are clearly here to stay. Simply making data available to the public isn’t enough. It has to be useful, which requires a specific approach based on the agency releasing it, the kind of data being released, the means of delivery and the targeted audience. This session discusses trends, standards, policies, and lessons learned.

Steve (Spike) Spiker, Executive Director and Co-Founder, OpenOakland
Eddie A. Tejeda, Co-Founder and Director of Technology, OpenOakland

Disaster Recovery – Why Should You Care?

“Why should you care?” is a legitimate question. Most of us don’t deal directly with the ins and outs of disaster recovery and continuity. But it’s not just a “data center issue”. A disaster becomes everyone’s problem, and it behooves everyone to be on the same page. This session discusses the state of Bay Area Counties and Cities, including interoperability efforts.  

Jon Gjestvang, Chief Information Officer, County of Napa
Dan Morris, Senior Solutions Architect, Solutions Architecture, Kovarus 

Optimizing Stoarge Environments for Virtual Workloads

As density grows and an increasing number of mission-critical workloads are being virtualized, the need to build an environment optimized for mixed workloads continues to increase. If paperless government is to ever become a reality, we have to do an even better job of leveraging new technologies for storing and securing digital records. We may be closer than it seems and maintaining the capacity needed while having performance fast enough to meet SLAs will be essential.  This session focuses on tools and technologies for dealing with an ever-expanding range of digital information.

Blake Scott, Principal Systems Engineer, Fusion-io

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11:45 am



12:30 pm

General Session

Creating the Responsive City

Stephen Goldsmith, Professor of the Practice of Government and Director of the Innovations in American Government Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Government is on a mission to reinvent itself by becoming more responsive, effective, and efficient. Technology makes it possible, and the impact will be felt at every level of government. Through the use of data analytics and community input, governments can build trust and civic engagement, reshaping the relationship between government and citizen; preempt and predict problems; save taxpayer money; and enter a new era of governance. In this session, nationally recognized governance and innovation expert and author Professor Stephen Goldsmith explores the critical role and the challenges that data will play in creating a responsive government.


1:20 pm



1:40 pm



Mobility and Wireless Trends

As the Internet continues its transformation from a web of information to a web of connected people and things, the bar keeps rising for delivering services and means of access that are up to the task. Wireless, smart devices, convergence, social media and self-service present both challenges and unprecedented opportunities. This session takes a look at tools and strategies that are effective and secure.


Eric Hutson, Director, Mobility GovED West, AT&T

Cloud: Is It Ready for Prime Time?

The cloud is all about speed, scalability, and affordability but there are other factors that can make moving to the cloud a difficult decision for government adopters, particularly concerns about security, accountability and continuity. Some processes and information are more appropriate for the cloud than others, and some cloud platforms are more suitable than others. This session explores whether (and where) the cloud is ready for prime time in government.

Rich Campbell, Cloud Solutions Architect, ViON Corporation

The Image of IT

How does an IT organization best communicate their value? The answer may lie in branding. Establishing and maintaining a technology brand in today’s interconnected world requires creativity, vision, and business agility. Join an interactive session which will explore how branding can transform the internal and public perception of your IT organization.   

Bryan Sastokas, Chief Information Officer, City of Oakland
Jon Walton, Chief Information Officer, San Mateo County

Bryan Sastokas, Chief Information Officer, City of Oakland
Jon Walton, Chief Information Officer, City of San Mateo

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2:40 pm



3:00 pm



Personally Identifiable Information (PII) 101

Few people realize the sheer amount of personal information that passes through their fingertips every day, much of it in places you would never imagine. An understanding of the risks and vulnerabilities is critical not just in your personal life but also in your role as a steward of citizen information. This session sheds a light on exactly what PII is and discusses the relationship of security to privacy.

Matt Cagle, esq., Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Fellow, American Civil Liberties Union
Brian Hofer, Chair, Domain Awareness Center Ad Hoc Privacy and Data Retention Policy Committe and Member, Oakland Privacy Working Group
Renee Domingo, Director of Emergency Services and Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Services, Oakland Fire Department, City of Oakland

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IT Game Plan - Securing Levi's Stadium With Technology

The opening of the world class, high-tech, Levi's Stadium with a capacity of 68,500 brings with it a range of public safety and traffic management opportunities and challenges. This session will discuss how the City of Santa Clara is meeting those challenges using a mix of collaboration and technology.

Gaurav Garg, Chief Information Officer, City of Santa Clara  

Measuring the Value of IT

IT metrics, dashboards and scorecards abound, but what do people really want to see when assessing IT performance? This session takes a look at government performance metrics and will provide you with insight on how to gather the data you need and how to communicate those results to the folks that matter.  

Lisa Bolger, IT Chief of Staff, City of Palo Alto

4:10 pm

Executive Reception

Network with your colleagues and discuss technology solutions with the event exhibitors.

Conference times, agenda, and speakers are subject to change.