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Dec 1 - 2, 2014

"Today, government no longer simply uses IT as a tool. It is now a truly digital business. As public sector thinkers and doers focused on technology, we have an unparalleled – and unprecedented – opportunity to make Massachusetts a better place to live, work, and play. So how can we bring the best in technology and innovation to bear on our work?  How can we take our examples of collaboration and turn it into something much bigger, so that we truly are sharing our resources across government? I look forward to discussing these important questions – and more – with you at this year’s Digital Government Summit. I hope you’ll join me."   

- Bill Oates, Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Digital Government Summit 2014


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

  • Moving Infrastructure to the Cloud
  • The Impact of Open Data
  • Mobile Services – The Best Candidates
  • Agile Methodology
  • Analytics in the Age of Big Data
  • Security – Emerging Megatrends
  • Digital Services Playbook
  • Creative Approaches to Digital Engagement
  • Educational Technologies Today and Tomorrow
  • Future Skills


Featured Sessions:

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.

"If I Knew Then What I Know Now…"

Hosted by:
Bill Oates
, Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Chief Information Officer, City of Boston

Craig Burlingame,
 Chief Information Officer, 2000-2004, City of Boston
Louis Gutierrez, Chief Information Officer, 1996-1998, and 2003-2005, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
John Letchford, Chief Information Officer, 2010-2013, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
David Lewis, Chief Information Officer, 1998-2002, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Anne Margulies, Chief Information Officer, 2007-2010, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

This year is the Summit’s 20th anniversary! To celebrate the occasion, Bill Oates and Jascha Franklin-Hodge host a reunion of former CIOs of the Commonwealth and the City to reflect on all that has changed (or stayed the same) over the years. It’s a chance for the veterans to laugh, boast and cringe about the old days and to ponder what they would have done differently if they had it to do all over again. And it’s a great opportunity for the new CIOs (and the rest of us) to get some free advice!


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.




Registration Information

Open to Public Sector only.

Registration - Free

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:

Raquel Figueira, Registration Coordinator
Government Technology
Phone:  (916) 932-1341

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

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