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Sep 24, 2014

"We are working in exciting times in the IT industry and most especially in the public sector. In order to best serve our constituents, we are making collaborative, innovative decisions every day – decisions that will set the bar for how technology can support and strengthen government services. The Annual Mississippi Digital Government Summit is the leading event that brings together dedicated leadership who are passionate about the role they play in enabling technology to be an effective tool to streamline government and provide vital services to our citizens. It’s a unique opportunity to learn and network with your peers and I hope to see you in Jackson at the 3rd annual Mississippi Digital Government Summit!" 

- Dr. Craig Orgeron, Executive Director, Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services

Mississippi Digital Government Summit 2014


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

  • Information Security Today and Tomorrow
  • Electronic Records – Challenges and Solutions
  • Citizen Engagement: Resources for Government
  • IT Modernization – It's Here
  • Cloud: Is It Ready for Prime Time?
  • Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
  • Innovation in Government
  • Successful Websites and Apps: Getting it Right the First Time
  • Cool Devices and Hot Trends
  • Measuring the Value 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 think outside the box.


General Session:

Jefferson "Beak" Howell headshotLessons in Leadership

Jefferson “Beak” Howell, Former Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center; Adjunct Professor at LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas

The Johnson Space Center is NASA’s center for spaceflight training, research and mission control. Its workforce of 15,000 includes a hundred astronauts, hundreds of scientists and thousands of engineers. It is perhaps the most exhilarating organization in the world – and at times the most daunting. Lieutenant General “Beak” Howell was the Director of the Space Center when the worst imaginable thing happened: the Columbia shuttle explosion in 2003. It was a demanding test of leadership, but one that Beak was uniquely qualified to meet after a career of profound – and often astounding – experiences. In this fascinating session, he shares the challenges and lessons learned that led to his legendary “Beak’s Rules of Leadership”.


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:

Lee Vang, Registration Coordinator
Government Technology
Phone:  (916) 932-1407

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

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