Aug 1, 2013

"Now is an exciting time to work in the IT industry, and most especially in the public sector. In order to best serve our citizens, we are making collaborative, innovative decisions every day - decisions that will set the bar for how technology can support and strengthen government services. This work requires dedicated leadership from people who are passionate about the role they play. The 2013 Minnesota Digital Government Summit brings us together to collaborate on ideas and energize one another for important work throughout Minnesota's public sector."

- Carolyn Parnell, Chief Information Officer, State of Minnesota


Thursday Aug 01

Time Session
8:00 - 9:00AM

Registration and Morning Refreshments

9:00 - 9:15AM

Opening Remarks

9:15 - 10:15AM

Opening Keynote - Exploration is a State of Mind

In a fast-changing world, everyone is an explorer whether they know it or not, particularly in government IT. We are constantly traveling across uncharted terrain:... more

10:15 - 10:45AM


10:45 - 11:45AM

Concurrent Sessions


Data Governance - Turning Data into Insight

While we know that the velocity, variety and volume of data continues to increase, do we really know how to handle it and what to... more

  • Ken Jacquier - North America Sales Leader, Information Governance Practice, IBM Software Group

Aligning IT with Business and the Role of the Business Analyst

This panel of expert business analysts will focus on business analysis techniques to bridge the gap between the "as is" system and the solution your... more

  • Mary Ruth Harsha - Project Manager, MN.IT Services, Department of Human Services, State of Minnesota
  • Greg Poehling - Director, Program Management Division, MN.IT Services, Department of Human Services, State of Minnesota

Government on the Go: Changing the way Government Works!

The methods by which citizens interact with government and government interacts with citizens are rapidly evolving. Mobility is the operative word. We are now in... more

  • Nadir Khan - Application Sales Manager, AT&T Mobility
  • Ken Quinton - Alliance Partnership Director, Stoneware, a Lenovo Company


Accessibility of online content is an increasingly important topic. This includes more than just websites; it includes any document that you put on the web... more

  • Jay Wyant - Chief Accessibility Officer, MN.IT Services, State of Minnesota
11:45 - 12:30PM


12:30 - 1:30PM

Lunch Keynote - Should Government Try to be Cool?

Getting the attention of citizens in today's world is a challenge, to say the least. Government organizations can struggle in vain to get their messages... more

1:30 - 1:50PM


1:50 - 2:50PM

Concurrent Sessions


Managing and Mitigating Risk

President Obama has declared that the "cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation" and... more

  • Chris Buse - Chief Information Security Officer, Information Standards and Security Risk Management Division, MN.IT Services, State of Minnesota

Driving Innovation

Much of the value of and impetus for government reform lies in fundamental rethinking at the program level to - as Governor Mark Dayton describes... more

  • James Kauth - Director of Application Management, MN.IT Services, State of Minnesota
  • Mel Stockwell - Deputy Chief Cloud Strategist, VMware Public Sector

The Power of Video and Next Generation Training Tools

Technology has brought us to a point where video is almost as good as being there - and in some ways even better. Non-visual forms... more

  • Mark Koxlien - Collaboration Product Specialist, Government and Education, Cisco Systems
  • Krisann Lucrezi - Video Sales Director, Avaya
2:50 - 3:10PM


3:10 - 4:15PM

Fast Track Sessions


Minnesota's Broadband Efforts

Governor Dayton and policy makers have identified broadband as a critical infrastructure to help grow the state's economy. It can be a catalyst for businesses... more

  • Margaret Anderson Kelliher - President and Chief Executive Officer, Minnesota High Tech Association and, Chair, Governor's Task Force on Broadband

The Future of Minnesota's IT Workforce

The economy in Minnesota and around the world is rapidly shifting. "Talent" - higher-order skills and education - is increasingly the key that allows... more

  • Andi Egbert - Senior Research Analysis Specialist, Department of Administration, Minnesota State Demographic Center

Location Based Services/GIS

Geography, space, location, place. With a mobile device in hand, consumers want information about who or what is near them - their current location is... more

  • Mike Cowger - Director, Business Development, Location Technologies, a Sprint business partner
4:15 PM

Executive Reception

Everyone is invited! Please join in networking with your peers over refreshments.... more


Conference times, agenda, and speakers are subject to change.