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Dec 4 - 5, 2014

"IT leadership skills are evolving by necessity as we are faced with entirely new sets of tools, rapidly changing social media, high demand for mobility, opportunities in the cloud, and a new wave of security concerns. Breadth of knowledge is essential to today’s IT manager. It requires us to step back once in a while and move outside the box to consider new and innovative ways to get things done. This forum is the perfect place to do it. Whether you are currently a manager or plan to become one, I encourage you to join us at this year’s Digital Government Summit."

– Tony Encinias, Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Digital Government Summit 2014


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

  • Single Face of Government – How to Get There
  • Analytics in the Age of Big Data
  • Creative Approaches to Citizen Engagement
  • Agile yet Secure Application Development
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Cyber Threat Landscape
  • Digital Services Playbook
  • Drones and Society
  • Ideation and Innovation
  • Future Skills


Cynthia Storer HeadshotOpening Keynote: From 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.

Day One General Session - Open Data – Get Ready!

Although the debate about open data is still evolving, transparency and open government are clearly here to stay, as are the seemingly endless requests for information and discovery. Simply making data available to the public isn’t enough, however. It has to be useful, which requires a sensible approach based on the agency releasing it, the kind of data being released, rules of compliance, the means of delivery and the targeted audience. Key questions include: Is there a difference between open data and open government? Which is the highest priority: external or internal data sharing? What are the most important considerations when setting up an open data program? This session discusses the trends, issues and opportunities facing government today.

Moderator: Kelly Logan, Secretary of Administration, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Adel Ebeid, Chief Innovation Officer, City of Philadelphia
Tony Encinias, Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Anthony Fung, Deputy Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia
Michael Powell, Chief Innovation Officer, State of Maryland

Roger Duncan HeadshotSecond Day Keynote - Everything Is Connected

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. There are some serious game-changers already in play and many more to come. In this session, nationally known energy and technology expert Roger Duncan explores the road ahead and discusses government’s complex balancing act in keeping our nation safe, secure and prosperous.


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:

Lauren Anderson, Registration Coordinator
Government Technology
Phone:  (916) 932-1378

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

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