PAST EVENT

Sep 9 - 10, 2013

"Information technology is extremely important to the Commonwealth of Virginia and our effort to restructure and reform government operations. I encourage you to participate in the 2013 Commonwealth of Virginia's Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS), the state's preeminent forum for collaboration and participation in government technology. We hope you can attend this year's event!" - Bob McDonnell, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia "The one chance each year for state and local technology professionals to gather in one place is upon us again. The Commonwealth of Virginia's Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) is the premier forum for collaboration and idea sharing in government technology. More than ever these partnerships and cross-boundary relationships are needed to continue to move the Commonwealth forward. We look forward to seeing you at this 16th Annual COVITS!"

- Jim Duffey, Secretary of Technology of Virginia

Agenda

Monday Sep 09

Time Session
8:00 - 9:00AM

Registration and Morning Refreshments

9:00 - 9:15AM

Opening Remarks


Speakers:
9:15 - 10:15AM

Opening Keynote - Exploration is a State of Mind

In a fast-changing world, everyone is an explorer whether they know it or not, particularly in government IT. We are constantly traveling across uncharted terrain:... more


Speakers:
10:15 - 10:45AM

Break

10:45 - 12:00PM

Concurrent Sessions

 

BYOD and Mobile Device Management

Though few would admit it, their most faithful and intense relationship in life just might be with their mobile devices. According to research, the average... more


Speakers:
 

IT Skill Sets of the Future

The IT landscape is changing, particularly for managers. Specialization is rapidly becoming a thing of the past as technology evolves too quickly to permit skills... more


Speakers:
  • Gena Pirtle - Marketing and Workforce Programs Manager, Cisco
  • Dr. Nicole Radziwill - Assistant Professor, Integrated Science and Technology, James Madison University
  • David Taylor - Vice President, State, Local & Provincial Government Solutions, Software AG
 

Winning the Cyber Security Battles

In The Art of War, 6th century BC, it is written: If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in... more


Speakers:
  • Geoff Hancock - Executive Director of Cyber Security, CGI
  • Kevin Reardon - Office of the CTO, Worldwide Value Strategy, McAfee
  • Mike Watson - Chief Information Security Officer, Virginia Information Technologies Agency, Commonwealth of Virginia
 

Power of Sharing Data

For more than a decade, pressure has been intense on government organizations to share data with other agencies and the public at large. As the... more


Speakers:
  • Joe Grubbs - Data Governance Service Lead, Virginia Information Technologies Agency, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Joe Kennedy - Vice-President, Unity Business Systems
  • Lisa Wallmeyer - Senior Attorney, Division of Legislative Services, Commonwealth of Virginia
12:00 - 12:45PM

Lunch

12:45 - 1:45PM

General Session - Should Government Try to be Cool?

Getting the attention of citizens in today's world is a challenge, to say the least. Government organizations can struggle in vain to get their messages... more


Speakers:
1:45 - 2:15PM

Break

2:15 - 3:30PM

Concurrent Sessions

 

Does the Device Really Matter?

Is the desktop dead? Not by any means. But its use shrinks every day as more and more people use feature-rich smartphones and tablets as... more


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Big Data - You Got It, Now What?

The problem with data is that there's too much of it, too many kinds of it, and it arrives too quickly to be properly utilized.... more


Speakers:
 

Mobile App Development in Government

A surprising 25% of Internet users in the U.S. are mobile-only, and 120 million citizens now own smart phones. This is actually good news for... more


Speakers:
  • John Inkley - Government Industry Solutions Practice Manager, AT&T Mobility
  • Charles Sheldon - Web Master, Department of Motor Vehicles, Commonwealth of Virginia
 

Disaster Recovery and Emergency Technologies

Recent disasters have shown more than ever the critical role of technology in ensuring public safety and continuity of government operations. Significant advances are being... more


Speakers:
  • Jeremy Abreu - Vertical Account Manager, Verizon Wireless
  • Robert Conley - Regional Manager, Security, Risk Management, Safety and Business Continuity, Cox Communications
3:30 - 4:30PM

Governor's Technology Awards Reception

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

4:30 PM

Governor's Technology Awards Ceremony

Applaud the winners of the annual Governor's Technology Awards. This awards program honors outstanding achievements and recognizes innovative technology initiatives in the public sector throughout... more

Tuesday Sep 10

Time Session
9:00 - 9:15AM

Opening Remarks


Speakers:
9:15 - 10:15AM

Keynote Speaker - Extreme Makeover - Government Edition

Government is under incredible pressure right now. The economic crisis hit us with a double whammy: exponential increases in demand and dramatically reduced resources. Government... more


Speakers:
  • Bill Bott - Consulting Partner, Change and Innovation Agency
10:20 - 10:50AM

Break

10:45 - 12:00PM

General Session

In keeping with a COVITS tradition, gubernatorial candidates Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe will share their views on the role technology will play during their... more


Speakers:
12:00 PM

End of Conference

 

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

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