Dec 5, 2014

"There are few priorities in Illinois more important than cyber security and we are giving it significant attention in our plans and strategies. The fourth annual Illinois Cyber Security Forum is the perfect place to discuss challenges, strategies and trail

-blazing solutions. I encourage you to join us, hear from the experts, and help us stay ahead of the curve!"  

– Sean Vinck, Chief Information Officer, State of Illinois




"Public sector IT - no matter how large or small - has a shared goal of providing ever more effective and innovative solutions that meet our communities' needs. The Colorado Digital Government Summit provides us with the opportunity to network, learn from one another and explore the possibility of partnerships to tackle our common challenges and ensure success. I hope you will join me at the 15th annual Summit; I look forward to seeing you there!"

- Suma Nallapati, Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer



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

  • Meeting the Challenge of a Mobile and Remote Workforce
  • Big Data and Analytics
  • Cyber Security Incident Response – “Are you ready?”
  • Applications – Bridging the Old to the New
  • Transformation to “As a Service”
  • Disaster Recovery and Continuity – Where Do We Stand Today?
  • Social Media, Citizen Engagement and Crowd-Sourcing
  • Collaborative IT Architecture – “It’s About Planning, Not Gadgets”
  • IT Skills Q&A - Now It Gets Personal
  • Drones and Our Future

Please note: Registration for this event is now closed, as we have reached capacity. Thank you.


Opening Keynote:

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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 think outside the box.


General Session:

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Everything is Connected

Chad Vander Veen, Editor, FutureStructure

Each day new headlines remind us how rapidly the fabric of our society is changing. The next great revolution is already underway – the cities and regions we inhabit are being transformed by bold and innovative ideas and by the critical need for infrastructure investment, all of which are catalyzed by trailblazing technologies. Energy, transportation, housing, waste, water and the built environment – along with technologies like the Internet of Things, Big Data, and ubiquitous sensors – will converge into a new foundation on which we build cities of the future. FutureStructure is about what we build, how we build it, and how the things we build connect with everything else. This session offers a powerful glimpse into the future of our society, our cities and our homes.


Second Day Keynote:

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IT Skill Sets of the Future – Government Edition

Todd Sander, Executive Director, Center for Digital Government

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

The registration fee is $995 per person.

Group discount: Register 4 or more from your company and receive a group discount! $695 per person. Contact Jen Caldwell for Group Discount registration assistance.

Contact Us

For registration and general assistance contact:

Jen Caldwell, Registration Coordinator
Phone: 916-932-1345

Sponsorship Opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Erin Waters, Publisher
Phone: 202-862-1453