FedVIPs, IT Leaders and Media Giants unite at FedTalks 2010.
“We set out to create a different kind of Government VIP gathering,” said Goldy Kamali, CEO and Founder of FedScoop and host and organizer of FedTalks 2010, the all-day conference at Sidney Harman Hall that focused on how technology supports and improves our government’s key goals and initiatives. “We did the event in an amphitheatre so it was like a show; we had Donald Syriani ‘DJ to the White House’ play music all day in between each session; and we had comedian GoRemy perform throughout the day. But most important was the extraordinary lineup that we had and the significant content that was covered,” Kamali added.
“We had top executives from the White House and federal agencies, Government IT leaders and media giants who all came together to talk about how technology can change government,” Kamali said.
Keynote speakers from the White House started and ended FedTalks 2010, which, according to attendees, was valuable especially if you could only stay for a certain portion of the day. Andrew McLaughlin, US Deputy CTO in the Executive Office of the President, began the morning’s lineup while Arianna Huffington, who spoke about how “we’re moving from government in charge to the new era where the people become the pro-creators of government,” introduced the day’s final speaker, Vivek Kundra, US CIO from the White House. Additional speakers and panelists included Linda Cureton, CIO of NASA, Chris Kemp, CTO of IT from NASA, Dr. Peter Levin, CTO of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Congressman Jim Moran, Craig’s List founder Craig Newmark, and several other top Government and IT leaders.
With the extraordinary lineup, VIP networking, exclusive agency announcements, gorgeous venue, top-notch music and entertainment, fabulous catering and use of cutting-edge technology throughout the event, the conference was one of the most exciting VIP Government IT gatherings of this decade. From MingleSticks that connected the conference’s VIPs with the FedTalks attendees, to Government online “blue buttons” that help Veterans download and print their health records, to Ana Marie Cox from Wonkette tweeting a photograph of the audience she took before discussing modern media, the conference was well received and well attended. New government Apps and websites, cyber security initiatives and citizen involvement were hot topics.
At the end of the conference, FedScoop celebrated its second anniversary with FedTalks 2010 VIP speakers, attendees and sponsors including Diamond Sponsors Intel, HP and Microsoft and Platinum Sponsor Symantec, govWins and Clear Wireless. In addition Washington Life, Media Sponsors were included Federal News Radio and TECH Cocktail and Community Sponsors included Frosting A Cupcakery, Pop Chips and Pirate’s Booty.
Can government and IT be sexy? At FedTalks 2010, yes they can.
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