Gov Innovators Virtual Summit

Governments at all levels are being tasked to think outside the box to meet today's ever-growing list of challenges. From new legislation like the 21st Century IDEA Act, to NIST Cybersecurity Framework updates, to the new Cloud Smart policy, agencies are being asked to transform.

But despite these mandates to modernize, many agencies are still struggling with common challenges like slow legacy systems, untrained personnel and outdated processes. Government organizations at all levels need to find creative solutions to these problems, which often means looking at new technologies and solutions.

So how can you think outside the box to meet your mission and better serve your customers? Join us for our free Government Innovators Virtual Summit on Wednesday, May 15 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 to transform your agency with creative solutions and innovative ideas.

What Past Attendees Are Saying:

"This was my first vitual summit and I enjoyed the flexibility to multitask from my office, yet felt like I could interact and participate as-if I were attending in person. Thanks for making this possible!"
- D. Durbin, Associate Director of Business, Mid-East Ohio Regional Council

"I cannot say enough how much I am enjoying this virtual summit. Relevant and forward thinking."
- L. McAdams, Program Technician, USDA

"I appreciate all the available resources today, thank you!"
- E. Britnell, Senior Analyst, Town of Caledon

Virtual Summit Schedule

Attendees can earn up to five CPEs. Please refer to the schedule below to see which sessions qualify for CPE credit.

9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT
Virtual environment is open! Stop by the partner booths and download resources on cyber, cloud, digital services, CX and more throughout the environment. These resources will help you solve some of your agency's biggest challenges. 

10:30 - 10:50 a.m. ET/7:30 - 7:50 a.m. PT
Opening Keynote: Public Sector Innovation in Silicon Valley

Speaker: Ann Dunkin, Chief Information Officer, County of Santa Clara

We hear a lot about Silicon Valley's innovative tech companies. But innovation in Silicon Valley isn't reserved for tech startups. Governments all around the Valley are developing innovative solutions to better meet the needs of their constituents. During today's keynote, you'll learn how the County of Santa Clara is transforming their IT culture to facilitate innovation and about several innovations that the County has deliver or has underway.

11:00 - 11:50 a.m. ET/8:00 - 8:50 a.m. PT
Session 1: Gov Says Goodbye to Paper and Hello to Electronic Signatures and Digital Forms
Session attendees can earn one CPE.

Speakers: Seth Engel, Senior Product Marketing Manager, DocuSign

Modern government requires modern ways to let the public digitally interact in ways they expect from any modern service provider. New legislation - the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act - calls on federal agencies to invest in modern digital services like electronic signatures and digital forms.

Join us at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT to learn how electronic signatures and digital forms can help agencies at all levels reduce paperwork, which will cut costs, improve efficiencies and improve the overall citizen experience.

Specifically, you’ll learn: 

  • What the government needs to do now to become compliant with the 21st Century IDEA Act quickly.
  • How reducing paperwork can help agencies save resources. 
  • Why modern digital services will transform the citizen experience.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m ET/9:00 - 9:50 a.m. PT
Session 2: Kubernetes, Istio, Kafka and Camel: The Glue to Your Agency's Cloud-Native Strategy
Session attendees can earn one CPE.

Speaker: David Cohn, Middleware Solutions Sales Specialist, Red Hat

Powerful tools are needed to design scalable, distributed systems that can take advantage of the agility and organizational efficiencies promised by microservices. Tools like Istio, and service mesh in general, solve some difficult problems like observability, security and resilience, and are highly encouraged for cloud-native application deployments.

Join us at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT for a discussion on how to "glue" your heterogenous environments, tools and approaches together in a cohesive cloud-ready strategy.

Join this session for:

  • An overview on the current cloud-native landscape from a technology perspective including technologies like Kubernetes, Istio, Kafka and Apache Camel.
  • Red Hat's approach to agile integration, including government case studies.
  • Reference architecture for an open hybrid cloud, supporting both current and cloud-native strategy.

12:50 - 1:30 p.m. ET/ 9:50 - 10:30 a.m. PT
Lunch Break
Chat with your government peers and industry experts in the Networking Hub. This is also a great time to visit partner booths and download resources for later.

1:30 - 2:20 p.m. ET /10:30 - 11:20 a.m. PT
Session 3: Purpose Driven Government
Session attendees can earn one CPE.

Speaker: Chris Atkins, Vice President for Digital Government Transformation, SAP Public Sector.

Government has lost its 'Why.' In our haste to innovate and create high tech agencies, we've forgotten our mission.

What if you could figure out a way to use the information you collect and manage daily to protect the community and provide citizen services that drive purpose. There are ways to turn the data your agency collects into your single most important resource. SAP has helped countless agencies do it.

Specifically in this session, you'll learn:

  • What is purpose-driven government and why is it important?
  • How governments across the globe have used data to change the way they interact with their citizenry and change the lives for the better.
We can help you get back your 'Why.'

2:30 - 3:20 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. PT
Session 4: From Good to Great: How Data-Driven Strategies Accelerate Successful IT Modernization
Session attendees can earn one CPE.

Speakers: Ashok Sankar, Director, Solutions Marketing - Public Sector, Splunk
Joanne Woytek, Program Manager, NASA SEWP Program
Daryl Robbins, Senior Enterprise Cloud Architect, Entrust Datacard Corporation

While initiatives such as the Modernization Act and Cloud Smart aim to encourage agencies to transform, many agencies continue to face challenges. Modernization isn’t a once-and-done process. Rather, it’s a progressive initiative based on desired mission outcomes. Successful agencies have found that data-driven strategies can help them navigate their complex IT landscapes and achieve modernization objectives, regardless of their environment whether on-premises, hybrid or cloud.

Join us at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT to discover insights from our new survey about the state of modernization within agencies.

Specifically, you’ll learn how:

  • Data-driven strategies can help ensure successful modernization regardless of the environment.
  • To overcome the common pitfalls of modernization and learn success strategies. 
  • To implement strategies, optimize your application environment and gain efficiencies.

3:30 - 4:20 p.m. ET/12:30 - 1:20 p.m. PT
Session 5: Accelerating Secure Government Digital Transformation with Guardrails
Session attendees can earn one CPE.

Speakers: Kent Cunningham, CTO, Enterprise Cloud Solutions, Microsoft
Raj Raman, CTO, Cloud, Unisys
Gary Wang, VP, Cloud and Infrastructure Services, Unisys Federal

Is your agency looking to begin your cloud migration or are you at a standstill due to security, compliance, governance risks that you’re unsure how to manage? 

Join us at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT for this online training where you’ll discover the ins and outs of successful cloud adoption utilizing a variety of automation tools and techniques to establish Continuous Compliance and Automated Governance. 

Specifically, you will learn how to:

  • Manage challenges agencies face migrating to the cloud.
  • Migrate quickly and efficiently while staying in control of your environments and applications.
  • Keep your data secure and at a cost that fits your budget and with services that meet your needs.

4:20 - 4:30 p.m. ET/1:20 - 1:30 p.m. PT
Last Chance Swag 

Stop by the partner booths to download resources on improving your internal and external communications, revamping your websites, using electronic signatures, how to leverage the cloud and more.


Why should you take time out of your day to attend?

  • Earn up to five continuing professional education (CPE) credits in specialized knowledge.
  • Grow your network by connecting virtually with your government peers and industry experts.
  • Get access to more than 100 downloadable resources all about innovation and problem-solving in government.
  • Win awesome swag by being active in the virtual environment.
  • Chat with GovLoop and learn how our free resources can open up a new world of learning.