GovFreshest People, Places, Things of 2010
2010 was a great year for GovFresh and me personally. GovFresh held two fantastic events and was fortunate enough to have many wonderful contributors and supporters. Our family welcomed our second child, and I ended the year joining a great team.
The work I do with GovFresh inspires the idealist in me and the belief each of us can make a difference in our own small way. I’m excited about the opportunities in 2011 and hope in some way you and I will work together to make the world we live in a better place.
Before we begin a new year, I want to thank the people, places and things that made 2010 special for GovFresh and me.
Goldy Kamali (@fedscoop): Goldy and I have become great friends and we gel well in our approach to business and where we see the future of government technology and new media. As I recently wrote, you’ll see more of me at FedScoop. Look for great things to happen here, especially soon. Listen to Goldy and I talk about the future of FedScoop and GovFresh on Gov 2.0 Radio.
Dustin Haisler (@dustinhaisler): As CIO of City of Manor, TX, Dustin took open government by storm in 2010, and I was fortunate to watch it firsthand. We first worked closely together building the City of Manor Website and then produced manor.govfresh in September. Dustin has also regularly contributed to GovFresh, including the widely-referenced Gov 2.0 guide to a city makeover.
City of Manor, TX (@cityofmanor): Manor was the poster child for municipal innovation in 2010, and I was humbled when Dustin and City Manager Phil Tate asked if GovFresh would hold an event there. We did and manor.govfresh was one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career. Spending those few days in Manor, getting a key to the city and working with locals who are passionate about their small town helped me see America beyond my urban-to-densely-populated suburb filter.
Alex Howard (@digiphile): Alex is the hardest working man in Gov 2.0. He is prolific on O’Reilly’s Radar and GovFresh and one of the most energetic and valuable contributors to the open government/Gov 2.0 movement. Alex cares and thinks deeply about his work, and I’m fortunate to interact with him on a regular basis.
Adriel Hampton (@adrielhampton): Adriel is a model public servant who spends his after hours leading Gov 2.0 Radio, which I’ve been fortunate to serve as guest and co-host. I always enjoy meeting Adriel for coffee in Fox Plaza and discussing his latest ideas and projects and have frank conversations about where Gov 2.0 is going and what we can do to contribute. Adriel is passionate, out-spoken and genuine, and I’m honored that he’s contributed to GovFresh and let me reciprocate on Gov 2.0 Radio.
Gov 2.0 Radio (@gov20radio): Gov 2.0 Radio is one of the most important media outlets in the open government/Gov 2.0 space. Adriel was brave enough to let me design the logo and work on the first iteration of its Website. Every week, Gov 2.0 Radio brings an in-depth perspective on one subject you can’t find anywhere else.
Kevin Curry (@kmcurry): Kevin is the head and heart behind CityCamp. We’ve spent many hours discussing CityCamp (see below) and GovFresh, and Kevin was a huge part in making manor.govfresh a success. I count Kevin among one of the true friends I’ve met through my GovFresh experience and look forward to working with him more in 2011 and beyond.
Beth Noveck (@bethnoveck): Beth was generous enough to step outside the Beltway in her role as U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer and make the trek to small-town Manor for manor.govfresh to share the Obama Administration’s approach and work around open government. She was an inspiration to all of us, especially the Manor Tech High School students. She was kind enough to write about our DeLeon Gov 2.0 Makeover on the White House Blog. Beth is one of the most accessible senior-level federal executives and is at the top of my ‘best public servants’ list.
Jay Nath (@jay_nath): The City of San Francisco wouldn’t be what it is without Jay. SF Mayor Gavin Newsom and CIO Chris Vein get much of the credit for the city’s open data and open government work, but Jay is the man behind the scenes making it all happen. He was great to work with on sf.govfresh and is one of the unsung open government/Gov 2.0 heroes. I always enjoy meeting up with Jay and look forward to watching him do big things in 2011.
Chris Vein (@sfcitycio): Chris is one of the few CIOs that truly understands open government is more about organizational management than it is technology. Chris was a big part of sf.govfresh, and his insights on change and innovation in government are some every senior-level executive should pay attention to. As a California resident, I would love to see Chris become my state’s CIO and do for California what he did for San Francisco.
Adobe Government (@adobegov): Adobe has been supportive of GovFresh in a number of ways, especially playing host and sponsoring sf.govfresh. Adobe executives Bobby Caudill and Rob Pinkerton have contributed a number of insightful posts to GovFresh, including Rob’s controversial Will you read the Open Government Memo on an iPad?. It should go without saying that Beth Lovett has been invaluable to GovFresh, both on sf.govfresh as well as offering invaluable insights from an industry perspective (and we wish her the best of luck beginning in February :-)).
Alexis James (@alexis_james): Alexis has been a huge help here at GovFresh, including writing a number of great posts and working on a number of GovFreshTV videos, especially our adventure to NASA Ames to interview NASA IT CIO Chris Kemp.
Gunnar Hellekson (@ghelleks): Gunnar has also contributed a number of fantastic open source and open government posts to GovFresh, and answered a number of questions on the subject when we met in real life at Transparency Camp. He’s also very patient and helpful with me behind the scenes, answering many questions and always willing to help a neophyte in any way he can, especially in areas related to cloud computing and cybersecurity. I really look forward to working more with Gunnar in 2011.
Andrew Krzmarzick (@krazykriz): Andy was another big reason manor.govfresh was a success. He led the social media session and was tireless in making sure it was nothing short of excellent. My day is always made better when Andy pops up in Skype to chat and ask how things are going. Andy has a big heart and is one of the most sincere and genuine people I’ve met in this industry.
Sarah Granger (@sairy): Sarah’s work spans politics, women in technology, cybersecurity and open government. Her GovFresh post 100+ Women in Government & Technology was one of 2010’s most popular. I enjoyed working with her on her SXSW panel proposal, Startup.gov: Reworking Government Through Technical Innovation, and know she’s going to knock it out of the park.
Sid Burgess (@sidburgess): Sid and I have spent many hours on Google Chat discussing GovFresh and Gov 2.0 as an industry. In 2010, he produced Gov 2.0a and was another key contributor to manor.govfresh. I’m honored to be working with him on a number of projects in the new year (stay tuned!). Look for big things from Sid in 2011.
CityCamp (@citycamp): I was fortunate enough to work with founder Kevin Curry on the new CityCamp logo and WordPress theme that we opened up to anyone who wanted it. Citizens organized camps in San Francisco, London, Colorado and a number of other places around the world. Learn how you can start a CityCamp where you live.
City of DeLeon, TX (@cityofdeleon): DeLeon did what every local government should do: They took a leap of faith on a small group of civic developers and entrepreneurs and re-did much of their technology. It was an honor to work with DeLeon officials building their new site and addressing many of the technology issues local governments face in these times. Learn more about the DeLeon Gov 2.0 Makeover in Gov 2.0 guide to a city makeover and U.S. Deputy CTO Beth Noveck’s White House Blog post. I hope we see more BetaCities like DeLeon in 2011.
Hillary Hartley (@quepol): It’s always a pleasure working at CitizenSpace and hanging out with Hillary. Her work with NICUSA gives her invaluable insight into how government is leveraging technology and how businesses can be partners in that process. Whether we’re exchanging kid stories, eating burritos in South Park or grabbing coffee in SOMA, I look forward to learning and spending more time with Hillary in 2011 (and perhaps that live weekly Web show?).
Justin Herman (@justinherman): I first met Justin at Gov 2.0 LA and this picture I took of him then is one of my favorites. Justin has a big, BIG heart, is full of passion (and vinegar). There’s nothing I enjoy more than a DM from Justin offering insights, ideas and moral support.
Brian Purchia (@brianpurchia): Brian served as SF Mayor Gavin Newsom’s communications director and was the man behind scenes in getting Newsom on Twitter. He’s contributed a number of well-received posts here and has always been an energetic GovFresh supporter.
Mike Rupert (@rupertmike): Mike is a former DC public servant, founder of LocalGovChat and a great supporter of GovFresh. Mike was also kind enough to let me host #localgovchat and discuss WordPress and government.
Jake Brewer (@jakebrewer): Who doesn’t like Jake Brewer? While at Sunlight, Jake contributed a number of open government posts and has always been a great person to talk with about anything and everything. As he moves on to other ventures, I look forward to seeing him have a bigger impact inside and outside the Beltway.
Jeff Walpole (@jeffwalpole): Jeff’s GovFresh Drupal series was one of the most popular and one of the first on the subject of Drupal and government. Watch out for Phase2’s Open Public release early in 2011.
Gretchen Curtis (@gretcurtis): Gretchen’s Gov 2.0 guide to cloud computing is one of the most accessible posts on government and cloud. She was kind enough to host us at NASA Ames and give us the Nebula grand tour earlier this year. Gretchen has always been supportive and helped out when it comes to finding the right people at NASA. She’s another one in the open government movement I hope sees more of the limelight in 2011.
Steve Lunceford (@dslunceford): Steve and I worked together on the new GovTwit logo and blog and is a regular co-host on Gov 2.0 Radio. He has always been a great supporter of GovFresh, always willing to think through ideas and is an all-around great person to have as a friend.
Mark Drapeau (@cheeky_geeky): Mark’s GovFresh video blog series was a great experiment in video and social media. His insights, at times controversial, are important to the general discussion around what’s happening in Gov 2.0 and, love him or hate him, can be a great reality check to the status quo thinking. He seems to be less prolific of late, but I hope we see more of his writing in 2011.
Nancy Scola (@nancyscola): Nancy and I don’t talk much, and we’ve never met in real life, but I read her TechPresident posts every day. When I’m done, I’m inspired to be a better writer and thinker in this area, and I hope a little of that is reflected here on GovFresh.
Sustainable Websites (@sustainableweb): Much thanks to our host, Sustainable Websites, and its founder and good friend Ivan Storck for all the support you’ve given GovFresh over the past year. I know it’s a challenge working with a Luddite, but you guys are a big reason we’ve stayed online and managed to weather many technological storms since our inception.
That’s it for 2010. Thank you for reading, contributing, believing. Here’s to a fresh start in 2011.
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.
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.”
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.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released a beta version of Vets.gov, and it’s the future of federal government digital development.
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.
A California bipartisan oversight committee, the Little Hoover Commission, has issued recommendations on how the state can bring a more customer-centric government to residents and visitors.
Seneca Systems CEO Chris Maddox shares the inspiration behind the new constituent relationship management system, Romulus.
“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.
Enabling internal government tech shops to quickly stand up applications in a secure testing environment is fundamental to quick prototyping, and 18F’s new Cloud.gov is a major step in realizing ultimate IT flexibility.
Based on “extensive user research,” the Federal Communications Commission has launched a beta version of fcc.gov that aims to make the site “more useful and accessible to FCC stakeholders.”