Oct 30 - 31, 2014

"This is a major transition year for Ohio’s IT Optimization efforts and transforming how we do business within the State. Our focus continues to be the expansion of the State’s private cloud, enterprise shared solutions and online government services. Together we are making a difference and we have seen significant progress with these efforts. We have gotten to this point working from an enterprise perspective and I look forward to addressing the next series of challenges together. Come to the 14th Annual Ohio Digital Government Summit and share your ideas, solutions and lessons learned and become part of the solution. I encourage you to not only attend this year’s Summit but to be an active part of the discussion. I look forward to seeing you all there!"

– Stu Davis, Chief Information Officer, State of Ohio

Ohio Digital Government Summit 2014


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

  • Open Data: Transparency, Crowdsourcing and Reducing Information Requests
  • Transformative Technologies for Citizen Engagement
  • Managing, Monitoring and Securing Applications
  • Disaster Recovery Incident Lab
  • Digital Record Trends in Storage, Retention and Compliance
  • Mobility and the Workforce
  • Developing Applications at the Speed of Consumerism
  • Cyber Security Incident Lab
  • It’s all about the Cloud


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.

Opening Day General Session:

General Session – Skating to Where the Puck Is Going to Be

Hockey and technology have a lot in common. Both are fast-moving, dynamic, strategic, chaotic and sometimes bloody. And both require a particular type of vision to excel. The great Wayne Gretzky once said: “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been”. This maxim also holds true for Information Technology. Otherwise there can be a lot of hectic activity without scoring (or attaining) actual goals. In this illuminating session, a panel of top IT leaders discuss why they don’t put much stock in where they’ve been but instead set their vision on where technology - and their organizations – should be skating in the years ahead.
Moderator: Randy Cole, Controlling Board President and Policy Advisor, Office of Budget and Management, State of Ohio
David Behen, Director, Department of Technology, Management & Budget, and Chief Information Officer, State of Michigan
Stu Davis, Chief Information Officer, State of Ohio
Tony Encinias, Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Second Day Keynote:

Roger Duncan HeadshotEnergy, Technology and the Future

Roger Duncan, Research Fellow, Energy Institute, University of Texas

Technology and energy are inextricable. They evolve – or fail to evolve – mutually, and their combined impact on society is incalculable. Today we are headed for an entirely new form of “Industrial Revolution”. Technology megatrends such as nanotechnology, robotics, embedded intelligence, smart buildings and the “Internet of Everything” will dramatically alter the social landscape, as will extraordinary advances in energy production and storage. Some of it may be more hype than reality at this point, but there are some serious game-changers already in play and many more to come! In this session, nationally known energy expert Roger Duncan explores the road ahead and discusses government’s complex balancing act in keeping our nation safe, secure and prosperous.


Second Day General Session: 

It’s all about the Cloud

Today, it’s tough to find an organization that doesn’t depend on the cloud for something critical. The question is no longer whether to venture into the cloud, yes or no. Now it’s a matter of “How, what, when and where?” Valuable lessons have been learned by both government and private industry in recent years. This fast-paced session focuses on practices that work, pitfalls to avoid, and how to extricate oneself if necessary. (See Agenda for more details)

  • How to Get In
  • What’s Inside
  • How to Get Out
  • Clearing the Air

Moderator: Spencer Wood, Deputy State Chief Information Officer, State of Ohio



Registration Information


Please note: Online Registration for this event is now closed. Please register on-site. Thank you!

Open to Public Sector only.

Registration Fee per person: $50

Registration by credit card only; no billing.

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:

Jeremy Smith, Registration Coordinator
Government Technology
Phone:  (916) 932-1402
E-mail:  jsmith@govtech.com

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney, Sales Operations Manager
Government Technology
Phone:  (916) 932-1435
E-mail:  hearney@govtech.com