Gov 2.0 Expo: Game on, baby

Gov 2.0 game on, baby.

Gov 2.0 Expo registration is officially open, and I’m feeling much better since my last post. With all this Open Government Directive stuff flying around, Feds are scrambling and no one here at the White House cares who tweets where anymore. This morning I saw a Secret Service guy on his smoke break DMing Willie Nelson (@willienelson) from the White House roof. Gigglegate really got things going, but Gov 2.0 Expo will …




(White) House.

Looked at the line-up and schedule, and all I can say is …



(Gov 2.0) Hook.

If Gary Vaynerchuk crushes it like he did at Web 2.0 Expo (and he will), Washington, DC, will never be the same. The number of times ‘shit’ gets tweeted in the #gov20 Twitter stream will be astronomical. @FCC will have a field day. By the end of his keynote, we’ll all be wearing American flag wristbands, pouring Pinot Noir, ready to #govcrushit regardless of how much snow is still in the streets.

Gov 2.0 2010 prediction:

By June 1, every public servant from Washington DC to San Francisco will have a Twitter account, Posterous blog, government-issued iPhone, iPad, Mac and personal idea collaboration tool.

People are pumped and here’s what some of the Program Committee members are saying:

Gov 2.0 Expo co-chair Laurel Ruma (@laurelatoreilly):

Open Government will sell like Eat, Pray, Love.”

Sunlight Labs director Clay Johson (@cjoh):


Booze Allen’s Steve Radick (@sradick):

“They will come to know I’m the Brian Solis of Gov 2.0.'”

FedScoop founder and CEO Goldy Kamali (@fedscoop):

“I’ll be the one on a cloud. Yes, a cloud.”

iStrategy Labs founder and CEO Peter Corbett (@corbett3000):

“Apps for Anything is going to be H.O.T.”

Gov 2.0 co-chair Mark Drapeau (@cheeky_geeky):

“I’ll show Steve Ballmer how to open an event.”

GovLoop founder Steve Ressler (@govloop):


Stay tuned. There’s still three months to go.

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Funding government technology

I’m always inspired talking and working with entrepreneurs trying to solve big civic problems, especially those who realize much of the challenge lies within modernizing and empowering internal government operations, so it was great to finally meet with Govtech Fund Founder and Managing Partner Ron Bouganim this week.

Government and the ’empowered product owner’

The 18F Delivery team released a “Partnership Playbook” that aims to help federal agencies understand what to expect when working with 18F, and the gem within is play number two, “We work with an empowered product owner.”

Benchmarking for better government

Citizens simply glaze over when they are confronted by a sea of large numbers with many zeros. These figures need to be relatable to the person reading the data. Otherwise, open data is just more data that dies on the vine.

Why local government must go digital

The Welsh Government released a report of its findings on how local government in Wales can better leverage digital technologies and realize significant savings while still providing quality, scalable citizen services.

‘No ugly, old IT.’

“No ugly, old IT” jumped out at me when I first reviewed DataSF’s strategic plan, “Data in San Francisco: Meeting supply, spurring demand,” and it still sticks, mostly because someone inside government was so bold as to make this a priority and openly communicate it and also because this should be a mantra for everyone building civic technology.

Why is a big deal

Enabling internal government tech shops to quickly stand up applications in a secure testing environment is fundamental to quick prototyping, and 18F’s new is a major step in realizing ultimate IT flexibility.

FCC launches beta

Based on “extensive user research,” the Federal Communications Commission has launched a beta version of that aims to make the site “more useful and accessible to FCC stakeholders.”


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