Digital innovators from across government were asked to think of technology as digital service for their country at today’s DigitalGov Citizen Services Summit.
The theme of this year’s Summit was “open.” The agenda was packed with presentations about how “opening” data, content, contracts, and talent makes digital citizen services better, more effective or even cheaper. A diverse array of topics were addressed, including privacy and identity management, 3D printing, and agile methodology.
Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, opened the Summit, challenging all techies in government to help solve problems and be part of decision-making at the highest levels of government.
@uscto Lots of different talents are shifting and moving to solve the real problems of today #digitalgov15— Janet S (@JanetBS) May 21, 2015
She also said that young people have found ways to serve their country through the Peace Corps and Teach for America and invited the group to think how they could serve digitally.
— Jeffrey Peel (@JeffreyPeel) May 21, 2015
Dr. David Bray, Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission and Eisenhower Fellow, discussed the Internet of Everything.
The Internet of things is already here, but how do we get to a world where everything is connected? #digitalgov15— Vanessa Varin (@VLVarin) May 21, 2015
This dependency on technology will generate new issues, he warned.
— Jeffrey Levy (@levyj413) May 21, 2015
The Summit attracted over
500 1,100 attendees, both in-person at GSA headquarters in Washington, DC, and via our Summit live stream. Summit speakers and expo table participants represented 30 federal agencies, and the Twitter handle for the event, #DigitalGov15, was trending nationwide throughout the Summit.
The full livestream video will be posted to DigitalGov in the coming days, and over the coming months we will be revisiting each of the topics that were presented.
Thanks to all of you who helped make this event a success! Let’s keep the discussion going!