Sep 18 - 19, 2014

"Rapidly changing technology is transforming our world. It’s disrupted the way major industries do business, and there’s no doubt that it’s also changing the way government does business. The Georgia Digital Government Summit offers us a valuable opportunity to investigate ways to take advantage of these changes. State agencies and local governments alike can benefit from keynote presentations, breakout sessions and vendor exhibits, and it’s a great forum for strengthening relationships and collaboration between state and local agencies. The Summit is targeted to both IT staff and business leaders, with a strong agenda aimed at exploring how technology can support business objectives. I hope you’ll plan to attend the Summit – it will be time well spent."

– Calvin Rhodes, Chief Information Officer, State of Georgia

Georgia Digital Government Summit 2014


Government Technology’s passion is helping spread best practices and spurring innovation in the public sector. The Georgia Digital Government Summit 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:

  • Big Data Today – What’s In It for You?
  • Cool Mobile App Strategies
  • Future of the Desk and Desktop
  • Leveraging Social Media for Citizens
  • Cloud – How to Get In and How to Get Out
  • Security Awareness 101
  • Maximizing the Mobile Experience
  • IT Training for Georgia’s Future Needs – Strategies and Opportunities
  • Protecting Privacy – What is the Right Balance?
  • The Emerging Role of the Data Scientist


Featured Speakers:



Cynthia Storer HeadshotFrom 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 be willing to think outside the box.


Chad Vander Veen headshotEverything Is Connected

Chad Vander Veen, Editor, FutureStructure

Each day new headlines remind us 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.


Paul Taylor headshot

Future Skills – Government IT Edition

Paul Taylor, Ph.D., Chief Content Officer, e.Republic

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:

Jeremy Smith, Registration Coordinator
Government Technology
Phone:  (916) 932-1402

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

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