Jun 3 - 4, 2013

"Please join me at the GTC Southwest 2013 conference. Some of this year's educational topics include: Innovation, New Technologies, Leadership in Times of Change, and one of my favorites, Shared Services and Collaboration. This event is also an excellent opportunity for state and local governments to engage in discussions and share best practices on the use of information technology. I encourage you to attend what I consider to be one of the best technology events produced in Texas. I'm looking forward to seeing you there!"

- Karen Robinson, Executive Director, Texas Department of Information Resources, CIO, State of Texas

GTC Southwest 2013 Overview

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

Speaker Presentations:

The Future of Texas IT Workforce
Speaker: Richard Froeschle >> Download Presentation

Texas Public Safety Broadband Network
Speaker: Lesia Dickson >> Download Presentation

Cool Mobile Apps in Government
Speaker: Ryan Keough >> Download Presentation

To view our photo galleries from GTC Southwest 2013, click on the event title:

GTC SW Best of Texas

GTC SW Bob Bullock Awards

Keynote Speakers

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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Byron Reese brings his vast technical understanding to illuminate how today's technology can solve many of our biggest global challenges. Author of "Infinite Progress: How Technology and the Internet Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, Poverty, and War," Byron's enthusiasm and talent for deciphering our common destiny is overshadowed only by his inspiring sense of optimism.

Exploring the intersection of history, technology and the future, Byron shares his technological visions for solving many of our global problems and speaks with the unrivaled authority of an accomplished high-tech trailblazer, inventor, entrepreneur, and the wisdom of a life-long historian.
Reese started his first business as an undergraduate at Rice University. Two companies he started were later sold: Hot Data, ultimately to Pitney Bowes; and PageWise, the parent company of, to Demand Media.

He currently serves as Chief Innovation Officer for Demand Media, overseeing research and development. The company has filed and received patents on Reese's work in disciplines from crowdsourcing to content creation to psychographics.
Reese has served on both public and private boards of directors, and has started several non-profit organizations.

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Monday Jun. 3 3:10PM

What's the Big Deal with Big Data?

Everybody says "Big Data," but do we really know what it means? How big it really is? Today's reality is that data records are in... more

Lt. Col. (ret.) Rob "Waldo" Waldman - The Wingman - is a professional leadership speaker and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot and businessman.

In addition to his speaking business, Waldo is also founder and President of The Wingman Foundation, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to build funds and awareness for soldiers, veterans and their families in need.

He is a highly experienced combat veteran with over 2,650 flight hours and sixty-five real world combat missions, having flown both in Iraq enforcing the "No-Fly Zone" and in Yugoslavia during Operation Allied Force in 1999. Some of his military honors include five Air Medals, two Aerial Achievement Medals, four Air Force Commendation Medals, and two Meritorious Service Medals.

Waldo overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a fighter pilot and believes that the key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen - the men and women in your life who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and achieve success. In business and life, you should never fly solo!

Waldo is a graduate of the U.S Air Force Academy and also holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior. A Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), he is past President of the GA Chapter of the National Speaker's Association and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon Wireless, New York Life, Siemens, Home Depot, Aflac, and Johnson & Johnson.

Voted one of the Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders in Georgia, he's been featured on Fox & Friends, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, The Harvard Business Review, Investor's Business Daily, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, INC. Magazine, and Business Week.

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Tuesday Jun. 4 9:00AM

Keynote - Never Fly Solo! The Leader's Flight Plan to Win

Lt. Col. Rob "Waldo" Waldman - The Wingman - Real winners never fly solo. Today in our super charged, highly competitive world of rapid and constant... more