The 3 coolest things we saw at the SmartAmerica Expo

Originally posted on FedScoop by Greg Otto.

The Internet of Things is so much more than a Google-backed thermostat or a refrigerator that connects to Facebook.

The expansive possibilities of IT were on display Wednesday at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, as the first-ever SmartAmerica Expo showcased 24 projects from more than 100 different public agencies, private companies and academic institutions. The expo was part of the SmartAmerica Challenge, which launched in December as a call to action to show how the Internet of Things, or cyber-physical systems, can have serious socio-economic benefits for the country.

“This isn’t gee-whiz technology for the sake of technology,”  said White House Chief Technology Officer Todd Park during a keynote session. “As you listen to presentations and watch demonstrations, think about the potential massive societal benefits of the technology involved.”

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FOSE 2014: Day One

foseMay 13, 2014 – FOSE kicked off yesterday in Washington, D.C., offering more than 60 educational sessions covering 8 hot-button tracks: Cybersecurity, Cloud & Virtualization, Big Data & Business Intelligence, Mobile Government, Records & Information Management, Acquisition & Procurement, Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism and Project Management.

The morning opened with a keynote address from former National Security Advisor, Tom Donilon, who drew a large crowd as he explored an insider’s perspective on America’s foreign, defense & cyber policy. Donilon addressed multiple topics including: what a daily presidential briefing entails, how special forces played an integral role in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, and the economic opportunities on the horizon relating to U.S.-China relations. Beth Cobert, Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget, continued the trend and provided a packed room with insights from the Office of Management and Budget.

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Highlights From GEOINT2013 Symposium

geointOriginally posted on GovDataDownload

The recent GEOINT 2013* Symposium, which took place in mid-April, was a great opportunity for government agencies and industry representatives  to share ideas and best practices, according to Greg Gardner, chief architect for government, defense, and Intel solutions for NetApp’s U.S. Public Sector. Gardner spoke with GovDataDownload about his key takeaways from the recent show.

GEOINT2013* was so named because last year’s symposium was cancelled due to sequestration and budget cuts. This year’s make-up conference, hosted by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, was a busy one.  Industry, the Intelligence Community and Special Operations Commands all were in attendance and well-represented.

The keynote address by Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper set a framework for the show. He debunked many of the myths surrounding the recent Snowden leaks and discussed the impact they have had on the Intelligence community.

Director Letitia Long of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) shared her vision for the agency during GEOINT and outlined its architecture and the five tenets of how they do business.  Gardner said that one of the most interesting aspects of her speech involved both a vision for immersive intelligence as well as the ways in which activity-based intelligence affects the Intelligence Community.

The Defense Intelligence Information Enterprise  (DI2E) panel addressed the ways in which they are integrating IC-ITE and JIE in a manner that optimizes secure information sharing.

Hear more from Gardner about GEOINT2013* here.

By the Tweets: GovDelivery’s Digital Communications Tour

GovDelivery’s digital communications tour is in full swing! Over the last month the tour has visited Oakland, CA and Austin, TX, sparking conversations on the value of technology, outreach, and communications in government, as well as strategies to increase that value. The tour has hosted many innovative, successful speakers, from private sector thought leaders with successful social media start-ups to public sector communicators working in state, city, and county government. Tour speakers have presented on trends, strategies and tactics to connect with more stakeholders and inspire them to take action – online or offline – to drive mission value.

But the tour isn’t over! In April, GovDelivery will be taking the tour to three more cities, Raleigh, NC and Washington, D.C., before hosting the final stop in St. Paul, MN. If you haven’t already, make sure to register for the event in your city today, space is limited!

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Air Force Academy cadets to get training on etiquette, event planning

Originally posted on by Deb Stanley

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Cadets at the Air Force Academy will soon add another class to their graduation requirements — decorum.

The Air Force has put out a notice requesting bids from companies interesting in teaching “Social Decorum Training Program at the US Air Force Academy.”

According to the Federal Government’s website, the class may include social decorum training in military, business, communication, dining, social and professional etiquette.

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