Sep 9 - 10, 2014

"Michigan’s comeback is in full swing and IT is playing a huge part, so don’t miss this year’s Michigan Digital Government Summit. We are celebrating the twelfth year of Michigan’s premier IT event for public sector professionals. State government is now making ongoing strategic investments in IT to the tune of nearly $50 million annually, so it’s more important than ever that we collaborate and network to ensure we are all working together to guarantee success. Don’t miss this chance to think strategically and help set the direction for better government."

- David Behen, Chief Information Officer, State of Michigan

Michigan Digital Government Summit 2014


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

  • The Internet of Things
  • Continuous Monitoring of Cyber Threats
  • Improving Citizen Access and Engagement
  • Agile Development – How to Pull It Off
  • Mobile Trends, Frameworks and Best Practices
  • Analytics in the Age of Big Data
  • Basics of Disaster Recovery: Strategies, Tools and Drills
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning – The Future of IT?


Featured Speakers:


Opening Keynote

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.


General Session

David Behen headshot

Michigan’s Strategy for Reinvention

David Behen, Director, Department of Technology, Management & Budget, State of Michigan

The State is on a mission to reinvent itself by becoming one of the most innovative, efficient and responsive governments in the world. Technology makes it possible, and the impact will be felt at every level of government. This session takes a look at challenges, plans, priorities and the critical role of IT in Michigan’s future.

Second Day Keynote:

Elizabeth Parkinson headshot

The Detroit Lions – All about Engagement

Elizabeth Parkinson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships, Detroit Lions

No product sells itself. Not even in the NFL. The old adage “If you build it they will come” no longer applies in today’s uber-noisy world where too many things are screaming for too much of our attention and hard-earned dollars. It’s not enough to merely create a brand. In this regard, government and the NFL have a lot in common. Each is a monopoly of sorts yet each might find itself suddenly (or slowly) losing appeal, engagement and relevance. In this eye-opening session, Elizabeth Parkinson tells the story of the surprising extent to which the Detroit Lions go in order to meet this challenge and why their ultimate success relies on much more than what happens on the field.


Registration Information

Please Note:  Registration for this event is now closed, as we have reached capacity.

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:

Michael Shane, Registration Coordinator
Government Technology
Phone:  (916) 932-1410

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

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