Government Innovators Virtual Summit: Solving Your Agency's Biggest Challenges

Governments at all levels are facing some of the toughest challenges we've seen in a lifetime, including a global public health crisis, a racial equity reckoning, and an upcoming election. How is your agency meeting the moment while meeting its mission?

The only way to move forward is to modernize and innovate. But, many agencies are saddled with slow legacy systems, untrained personnel, and outdated processes - compounded by a climate of deep uncertainty.

Join us for our free Government Innovators Virtual Summit: Solving Your Agency’s Biggest Challenges on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. ET/6:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PT. You’ll hear from government and industry experts about how agencies have turned to innovation, data-driven insights and new solutions to deliver on their missions even in the midst of dramatic change.

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Virtual Summit Schedule

Review the schedule below for details and check back for speaker updates.

[9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT]
Virtual environment is open!

Download resources on cyber, cloud, digital services, customer experience, leadership and more throughout the environment. These resources will help you solve some of your agency's biggest challenges.
[10:00 - 10:20 a.m. ET/7:00 - 7:20 a.m. PT] 
Opening Government Keynote: Rising to the Gov 2020 Challenge

Speaker: Louis Stewart, Chief Innovation Officer, Office of Innovation and Economic Development, City of Sacramento

2020 has put historic pressure on governments across the country to serve citizen needs in new ways. As agencies shuttered their physical doors during the COVID-19 outbreak, agencies needed to find ways to still deliver critical government services. In this opening keynote, you’ll hear how one agency uses new technologies to meet mission objectives in the time of COVID-19.
[10:30 - 11:20 a.m. ET/7:30 - 8:20 a.m. PT]
Session 1: DevSecOps: The Future of Software Development and Delivery
Session attendees can earn one CPE

Speaker: James Harmison, Senior Solutions Architect, Red Hat

In this presentation, you'll learn about the nature of software delivery in government today and the way development teams are organized and funded. Before proposing DevSecOps as a mindset and methodology, governments should explore the history of development, operations and security models. By taking a look at where this movement comes from, what it means to those who started it, and where it is heading, agencies can use lessons already learned by others and apply them to their own processes.
[11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m ET/8:30 - 9:20 a.m. PT] 
Session 2: How AI-Driven Analytics Are Transforming Gov
Session attendees can earn one CPE

  • Greg Little, Director of the Chief Financial Officer Data Transformation Office, Office of the Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
  • Monica McEwen, Vice President Public Sector, ThoughtSpot
  • Brian Shealey, Director, DoD/IC, Trifacta

The Presidential Management Agenda and the Cross-Agency Priority Goals featured clear guidance for using, optimizing and modernizing with artificial intelligence (AI) driving analytics. What are AI-driven analytics? And how are they able to help the government transform? In this engaging session, you will hear from government and industry experts, about how agencies use analytics as a true strategic assist.

Specifically, you’ll learn:
  • How agencies are leveraging the increasing volume, variety, and importance of data as a strategic asset.
  • To shift from low-value to high-value work, increasing efficiency and lowering cost.
  • How to equip the 21st-century government workforce, from executives to front-line workers, to instantly analyze vast amounts of data to make informed decisions.

[12:30 - 1:20 p.m. ET /9:30 - 10:20 a.m. PT] 
Session 3: Fearless, Secure and Compliant: Optimizing the Cloud
Session attendees can earn one CPE


  • Brad Beaulieu, Cloud Security Architect, Booz Allen
  • Faisal Iqbal, Manager of Federal Solutions Architecture, Amazon Web Services
  • Drew Epperson, Director, Solutions Architecture, Palo Alto Networks Federal

The cloud allows your agency to capitalize on efficiency, agility, and flexibility to transform operations – even within highly secure and regulated environments. Successful migration is the goal for government agencies looking to transition to, and optimize within, the cloud.

Fearless migration to the cloud includes a continuous security and compliance strategy that bakes these elements into overall cloud maintenance and operations. In this engaging panel discussion with government and industry experts, you’ll hear how agencies are using automation tools to securely audit and manage resources in the cloud.

Specifically, you’ll learn:

  • How fearless migration empowers government agencies to adopt cloud technologies. 
  • The benefits of using automation tools to audit, maintain, and effectively operate in the cloud/ 
  • Examples of how cloud managed service providers can help automate operation models to achieve continuous compliance.
  • Methods for producing efficiencies and providing mission-driven, high-quality experience for end users.

[1:30 - 2:20 p.m. ET/10:30 – 11:20 a.m. PT]
Session 4: Proactively Detect and Prevent Security Threats with AI-driven Analytics
Session attendees can earn one CPE.

  • Matt Porco, Principle System Engineer, Citrix Public Sector
  • G. Nagesh Rao, Chief Information Officer (Acting), Bureau of Industry and Security, US Department of Commerce

The risk of data breaches has never been higher for government agencies, especially with large numbers of employees working from home. One bad actor with access to sensitive data can compromise IT systems leading to mission degradation and loss of citizen confidence. Key to mitigating this risk is continuous monitoring of user behavior for proactive threat detection.

Learn how analytics leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to provide complete visibility into user activity for real-time threat assessment and risk management.

Specifically, you’ll learn:
  • How to go beyond rules-based security monitoring by using powerful AI and ML.
  • Why user behavior analysis is critical for countering insider threat.
  • How to integrate analytics into a broader security framework.

[2:30 - 3:20 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. PT] 
Session 5: Data + Analytics = Digital Transformation
Session attendees can earn one CPE.

  • Andy MacIsaac, Director, Solutions Marketing, Public Sector, Alteryx, Inc.
  • Scott Beliveau, Branch Chief of Advanced Analytics, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Agencies are working hard to modernize legacy systems to meet new federal mandates. The ability to democratize data, automate processes and upskill resources are the keys to these digital transformation efforts.

In this engaging panel discussion, you will hear from government and industry experts about how agencies are looking to elevate their analytics capability through process automation to accelerate mission outcomes, improve service delivery and modernize operations.

Specifically, you will learn:
  • How to manage challenges agencies face when modernizing and automating processes.
  • How successful organizations have been able to meet federal mandate standards with automation and data analytics.
  • Why the convergence of data, process and people is critical to successful digital transformation efforts in government.

[3:30 - 4:20 p.m. ET/12:30 – 1:20 p.m. PT]
Session 6: Accelerating Government’s Data Storage Options in the Wake of COVID-19
Session attendees can earn one CPE

  • Nick Psaki, Principal Engineer, Pure Storage
  • Jim Leverso, Director, CIO Workforce Productivity & Mobility Division, General Services Administration
COVID-19 has upended the way that agencies work. The move to remote work has challenged how governments think about securely storing, sharing and utilizing their data. To optimize their data services, agencies need to take advantage of a storage-as-a-service subscription model so that they pay for only what they use on-demand.

In this engaging panel, you will hear from government and industry leaders about upgrading agencies’ legacy storage services without disrupting workflows.

Specifically, you’ll learn:
  • How agencies using a storage-as-a-service model have been able to reduce downtime by more than 99%.
  • The biggest barriers facing the newly remote workforce in accessing and storing information.
  • How successful organizations have been able to properly scale and budget their storage needs.

[4:20 - 4:30 p.m. ET/1:20 – 1:30 p.m. PT]
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Why Should You Attend?

  • Learn virtually and network with your peers.
  • Earn up to 6 CPEs by attending and participating in the live sessions.
  • Grow your network by connecting virtually with your government peers.
  • Download free resources all about innovation and problem-solving in government.
  • Chat with GovLoop and learn how our free resources can open up a new world of learning.