Sep 3 - 4, 2014

"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 17th 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



Government Technology’s passion is helping spread best practices and spurring innovation in the public sector. The Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (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:

  • Virginia’s Leadership in Cyber Security
  • Cloud Therapy
  • Innovative Technologies in the Workplace
  • Turning Data into Actionable Information
  • A Legislative View of Technology and Public Policy
  • Transformative Technologies for Citizen Engagement
  • Farewell to the Desktop!
  • Open Data, Transparency and Mitigating Information Requests
  • Generational Attitudes in the Workplace
  • Collaboration in Virginia – It’s Alive!
  • Hot Trends and Cool Devices
  • Datathon Showcase


Featured Speakers/Keynotes:

Welcoming Remarks

Governor Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe is the 72nd Governor of Virginia. Since being sworn into office, the Governor has worked to grow and diversify Virginia’s economy and encourage more businesses across the nation and globe to locate in the Commonwealth. In politics and business, the Governor has worked with people from all walks of life and different political backgrounds. Since becoming governor, he has focused on working in a bipartisan way to help grow Virginia’s economy, expand access to health care, and increase educational opportunities for students. Governor McAuliffe previously served as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign. Terry and his wife Dorothy were married in 1988 and have five children.


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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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Everything Is Connected

Chad Vander Veen, Editor, FutureStructure

Each day new headlines remind us of just how rapidly the fabric of our society is changing. The next great revolution is already underway – the cities and regions we inhabit are being transformed by bold and innovative ideas and by the critical need for infrastructure investment, all of which are catalyzed by trailblazing technologies. Energy, transportation, housing, waste, water and the built environment – along with technologies like the Internet of Things, Big Data, and ubiquitous sensors – will converge into a new foundation on which we build cities of the future. FutureStructure is about what we build, how we build it, and how the things we build connect with everything else. This session offers a powerful glimpse into the future of our society, our cities and our homes.


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Future Skills – Government IT Edition

Paul W. Taylor, Ph. D., Chief Content Officer, Center for Digital Government

There’s a lot of conflicting information out there. On one hand is a terrible shortage of technology workers. On the other hand we hear that government IT jobs might not exist for long, at least not in their current form. So which is it? The truth is that there will always be a shortage of technology know-how. But the definition of “know-how” keeps shifting and the half-life of IT skills seems to get shorter and shorter. The key is to keep your skills sets valuable and marketable, and if you’re a manager, doing the same for your team. This session examines a variety of mega-trends that are shifting the landscape for the government IT workforce. Some might surprise you. For example, “let’s just outsource everything” is rarely the answer and never a simple one. And the grey tsunami, while most certainly disruptive, is also a time of unprecedented opportunity – if you’re prepared. Done right, you can remain forever in demand in a profession that never goes out of style.


Registration Information

Please Note: Online Registration for this event is now closed. Please register On-site. Thank you!


Contact Us

For registration and general assistance contact:

Jennifer Caldwell, Registration Coordinator
Government Technology
Phone:  (916) 932-1345

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney, Sales Operations Manager
Government Technology
Phone:  (916) 932-1435