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Oct 9 - 10, 2014

"Information technology is transforming government, from mobility to modernization to the consumerization of IT to how we secure the personal information of the people we serve. The Digital Government Summit provides an ideal forum to connect with government and industry leaders who are dedicated to making government more efficient, effective and personal through technology."

- Michael Cockrill, Chief Information Officer, Office of the CIO, Washington State

Pacific Northwest Digital Government Summit 2014


Government Technology’s passion is helping spread best practices and spurring innovation in the public sector. The Pacific Northwest 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 Threatscape
  • Open Data, Crowdsourcing and Mitigating Information Requests
  • Disaster Recovery and Preparedness
  • Measuring the Value of IT
  • Turning Big Data into Actionable Information
  • Cloud Therapy
  • IT Transformation: People and Processes
  • Drones and Our Future
  • Death of the Desk?
  • Mobile Inspections


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.

Lunch Keynote:

DDustin Haisler headshotisruptive Innovation in Government

Dustin Haisler, Chief Innovation Officer, e.Republic

Where there's a will there's a way. Technology has reached the point where it can support just about anything that anyone wants to do. The toughest challenge for a government organization is to embrace the process of reinventing itself, but sometimes external pressures leave you no choice.  In this eye-opening session, noted innovator Dustin Haisler will discuss emerging trends and technologies that are disrupting the way citizens interact with businesses and government agencies.


Second Day Keynote:

Paul Taylor headshotFuture Skills – Government IT Edition

Paul W. Taylor, Ph.D., Chief Content Officer, e.Republic

There’s a lot of conflicting information out there. On one hand is a terrible shortage of technology workers. On the other hand we hear that government IT jobs might not exist for long, at least not in their current form. So which is it? The truth is that there will always be a shortage of technology know-how. But the definition of “know-how” keeps shifting and the half-life of IT skills seems to get shorter and shorter. The key is to keep your skills sets valuable and marketable, and if you’re a manager, doing the same for your team. This session examines a variety of mega-trends that are shifting the landscape for the government IT workforce. Some might surprise you. For example, “let’s just outsource everything” is rarely the answer and never a simple one. And the grey tsunami, while most certainly disruptive, is also a time of unprecedented opportunity – if you’re prepared. Done right, you can remain forever in demand in a profession that never goes out of style.


Registration Information

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:

Jennifer Caldwell, Registration Coordinator
Government Technology
Phone:  (916) 932-1345

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

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