Gov's 2020 Tech Focus

Are you up to date on the latest technologies and trends poised to make significant impacts in government?

If not, you should attend GovLoop’s Virtual Summit, Gov's 2020 Tech Focus: Trends to Keep Your Eye On. From open-source to artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity, our free, full-day virtual summit will highlight key trends you and your agency should be aware of to effectively deliver on your mission in 2020.

Join more than 2,000 federal, state and local government employees on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET/6:30 a.m.-2 p.m. PT to learn what’s on the horizon in emerging tech, how agencies are getting rid of outdated legacy systems and how governments are staffing and training their personnel to use the new technology. You'll hear from government and industry experts about what new technology is actually helping govies do their job better.

Virtual Summit Session Descriptions

9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT
Virtual Environment is Open!

Network with your peers in the Networking Hub and download resources on cyber, cloud, digital services, CX and more in the Resource Library. These free resources will help you solve some of your agency's biggest challenges.

10:00 - 10:40 a.m. ET/7:00 - 7:40 a.m. PT
Opening Keynote: 4 Things Gov is Doing Right and 4 Things Gov Could Do Better
  • Craig Fischer, Program Manager, Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation, Bureau of Fiscal Service, Treasury Department
Governments across the country have more opportunities to innovative than ever before. Transformative technologies and processes abound. But how can agencies effectively take advantage of these emerging technologies and actually transform the way government works? In this engaging keynote, the Treasury’s Fiscal Service’s Craig Fischer will walk through four things the government is doing well, and four areas where it could improve.
10:40-11:00 a.m. ET/7:40-8:00 a.m. PT
Resource Challenge

Download as many resources as you can to compete in our Resource Challenge! The winners will receive special Virtual Summit swag!
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. ET/8:00 - 8:50 a.m. PT
Trend 1: Approaching Security and Compliance with DevOps

Session attendees can earn one CPE.


  • Khary Mendez, Principal Consultant, Red Hat
  • Greg Tinsley, Senior Consultant, Red Hat
The speed of technology advancement is rapidly increasing in government. And leading agencies are leaning on agile implementations and DevOps to embrace new technologies and manage workloads. However, these changes create some challenges regarding security and compliance. One way to realize the full potential of agile and DevOps is to deploy containers that create a robust infrastructure to guard against threats. But how?

Join us to learn how agencies can address their security concerns, compliance issues and platform challenges with containers.

Specifically, you’ll learn:
  • How agencies can secure their containers, orchestration platforms and the underlying infrastructure from cyberthreats.
  • The biggest barriers facing agencies looking to take advantage of agile and DevOps implementations.
  • Why agencies are looking to containers to ease workload constraints.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m ET/9:00 - 9:50 a.m. PT
Trend 2: Data Modernization's Impact on Citizen Experience
Session attendees can earn one CPE.

Government agencies know they must modernize their tools and processes if they want to launch modern, data-driven applications that advance their operations, citizen services, and mission success. These ambitions are fueling government’s broadening adoption of DevOps practices, event streaming, and microservices.

Agencies are conditioned by consumer engagement with businesses, and the move to ultra-responsive consumer-driven technology is shaping how government is engaging with citizens.

Specifically, you will learn:

  • How successful agencies are uniquely addressing data management challenges.
  • Why agencies are adopting enterprise streaming technology for citizens.
  • Use case scenarios for the digital modernization of citizen engagement.

1:00 - 1:50 p.m. ET/ 10:00 - 10:50 a.m. PT
Trend 3: How Data Optimization Lays the Groundwork for AI
Session attendees can earn one CPE.


  • Davis Arnette, Technical Marketing Engineer, NetApp

Agencies want to use AI to increase efficiency and make smarter decisions. For that to happen successfully, agencies need to have an optimized infrastructure that is able to feed accurate and relevant data to agencies. How do you know if your agency has the right architecture to make that happen?

In this session you'll learn how agencies can get started on their AI optimization journey. Here's a hint, it starts with good data.

Specifically, you'll learn:

  • How successful organizations are using machine learning and AI to accelerate their insights.
  • The biggest barriers facing agencies with outdated IT infrastructures.
  • Tips for how agencies can get started on their AI journey by starting small.

2:00-2:50 p.m. ET /11:00-11:50 a.m. PT
Trend 4: Modern Digital Services Help Manage Unstructured
Session attendees can earn one CPE.


  • Seth Engel, Senior Product Marketing Manager, DocuSign
  • William Eggers, Executive Director, Center for Government Insights, Deloitte

Government is awash in unstructured data e.g. forms, contracts, and paper documentation). Yet with the clerical workforce approaching retirement and greater expectations from citizens and staff to reduce hassle and provide better service, government can no longer afford to operate in this way. Agencies that succeed in this new world need to figure out how to bring order to their unstructured data with technology.

In this session you'll learn how ordering unstructured data with electronic signatures, digital forms, and advanced workflows can help agencies at all levels reduce paperwork, which will cut costs, improve efficiencies and improve the overall citizen experience.

Specifically, you'll learn:

  • How ordering unstructured data can help agencies save resources.
  • Why modern digital services will transform the citizen experience.
  • What leading agencies are doing to bring order to their unstructured data.

3:00-3:50 p.m. ET/12:00-12:50 p.m. PT
Trend 5: How Enterprisewide Security Enhances Visibility and Automation
Session attendees can earn one CPE.


  • Drew Gidwani, Director of Analytics, ThreatConnect

Protecting government networks has never been easy, but it's getting even harder. Coupling the rapid pace of technology innovation with siloed cyber defense and manually intensive processes, agencies are at increased risk from cyberattacks.

How can agencies overcome disjointed systems that leave their data vulnerable to cybercriminals?

In this session, you'll learn how agencies can work towards an automated, intelligent cyber platform that can work throughout a network.

Specifically, you'll learn:

  • How agencies can create more visibility into their cyber operations.
  • The biggest barriers facing agencies looking  to add automation and intel-driven operations to their cyber platform.
  • How successful organizations can take a more holistic and enterprisewide view of cybersecurity.

4:00-4:50 p.m. ET/1:00-1:50 p.m. PT
Trend 6: New Cloud Environments Demand New Security
Session attendees can earn one CPE.

Office of Management and Budget's Cloud Smart guidance has reimagined the way agencies consider application and data management. However, in order to take advantage of the cloud's capabilities agencies need also a new approach to security. Agencies need to be able to react to the evolving threat landscape in real-time, respond in an agile and collaborative way, and have a better understanding of what is happening on their networks at any time.

In this final session, you'll learn how agencies are achieving compliance, optimization and security with the cloud.

Specifically, you'll learn:

  • Why agencies need real-time identification of cyber incidents.
  • How agencies are able to use automation and other tools to help streamline security incident response.
  • How agencies can use DevOps strategies to implement better security responses.