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Sep 9 - 10, 2015

"Virginia is 100% committed to enriching its citizen services through the innovative use of technology, so we are redoubling our efforts to accelerate the Commonwealth to new heights in digital government. The 18th annual COVITS is integral to our planning because it is one of the few times during the year when we will gather in one place to discuss strategies, possibilities, collaborations and lessons learned. The day and a half at COVITS is indeed time well

-spent, and we encourage you to be an active part of the proceedings. We hope to see you there!


– Karen Jackson, Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia

COVITS 2015

 

Overview


Government Technology’s passion is helping spread best practices and spurring innovation in the public sector. COVITS is designed to do just that. The summit has an advisory board that gathers public- and private-sector leaders to create an agenda designed to make that passion relevant and actionable to the state and local government organizations attending the summit. Participants tell us they use the inspirational keynotes, leadership discussions, networking breaks, and the timely topics discussed in the numerous breakout sessions to help advance the goals of their organizations.
 
If you influence or participate in technology decisions or implementations at any level, you will want to attend.  Don't miss this opportunity to see the latest in digital government solutions, keep abreast of current policy issues, and network with key government executives, technologists and industry specialists.

This Year’s Topics Include:

  • Cyber Virginia
  • Mobile Apps the Smart Way
  • Enterprise Analytics – Turning Data into Knowledge
  • Next Generation Contracts and Partnerships
  • Internet of Things
  • Next Generation Workforce – How to Recruit, Retain and Survive
  • Information Governance
  • You’ve Been Breached! Now What?
  • Game of Drones
  • Next Gen 911
  • Innovation and Ideation

 

 

Opening Keynote - Find Your Voice


     


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Jim Meskimen, Master Impressionist and Communication Coach

@jimrossmeskimen
Today’s culture emphasizes the value of teamwork and collaboration, sometimes at the expense of the individual. This is particularly true in the IT arena where you can sometimes find yourself stereotyped, or even worse, not taken seriously by potential stakeholders. What good are insights and solutions if your words get lost in the crowd? You need to make sure that you’re heard! Jim Meskimen has spent the past 30 years studying the most famous, creative and interesting people in modern times. In this fascinating and hilarious session, Jim discusses – and illustrates – the traits and methods used by some of the best and most charismatic communicators in the world. Don’t settle for being “one of the crowd”. YOU have a unique identity. YOU have a voice!

 

General Session – Breach! When Bad Things Happen to Good People (and Their Organizations)

 

Cyber security is the new front line of financial crime and social upheaval. It is the new Wild West, with hackers divided among the "white hats" and "black hats." Stage coach and bank robberies of old have been replaced by heists of personally identifiable information from major retailers, insurers and governments. Political protests are increasingly taking the form of denial-of-service attacks by so-called “hactivists” to disrupt the normal order of things. Such things can and do happen anywhere, and everybody has a role in preventing, preparing for, and responding to cyber threats. This interactive session unpacks key lessons and learnings from real-life cases with the help of a panel of local experts and engaged audience members.

 

Second Day Keynote  - Communicating in a Crisis - 30 Years of Work Destroyed in 30 Seconds

 

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Anthony Huey, President, Reputation Management Associates

Somewhere within every organization, a crisis is waiting to happen. Maybe tomorrow, maybe next year or even in five years; you can’t be sure what the crisis will be or when it will strike. But you can be sure that a crisis will put your organization’s (or your own) hard-earned image and reputation up for grabs. Learn how to control the flow of information and communicate with the media, stakeholders, bosses, peers and other audiences during a crisis.

 


 

Registration Information

 

Open to Public Sector only.

Registration Fee per person: $85.00

Registration by credit card only; no billing.

If you represent a Private Sector organization and are interested in attending the Event, please contact Heather Earney, Sales Operations Manager (916) 932-1435.

 

Contact Us

 

For registration and general assistance contact:

Jennifer Caldwell, Sr. Registration Coordinator
Government Technology
Phone:  (916) 932-1435
E-mail:  jcaldwell@govtech.com

 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney, Sales Operations Manager
Government Technology
Phone:  (916) 932-1435
E-mail:  hearney@govtech.com