Amidst the Pandemic, Government Still Gathers: How Professional Events Are Adapting

The events market was among the first industries to feel the impact of the coronavirus and will continue to feel its effects for months to come. GovEvents looked at the impact on the government events market and found that 22% of events listed on the site were canceled with no plans to reschedule in 2020. This means many missed opportunities for professional development, best practices sharing, and introduction to new technologies for public sector professionals. But as with many industries, the events market is quickly adapting and finding ways to provide education, development and collaboration for government professionals hungry to learn.

The event Is Canceled, but Learning Is Not.

Organizations that had events planned for early March through this summer had to decide whether to cancel, postpone, or move their events online. For many, canceling their government events was not an option. They had enthusiastic government speakers with stories to share and an audience thirsty for information. In fact, 26% of live events on GovEvents scheduled for March 16 or later moved to virtual.

DataRobot's AI Experience conference was scheduled for March 19. This one-day, in-person event brought together government leaders to discuss how they were using and how they wanted to use artificial intelligence (AI) to further their mission. DataRobot had planned to live stream the event as early as February since they were already getting news that registrants would not be able to travel so they had a streaming company and equipment ready to go. On March 11, gatherings of more than 250 were prohibited and DataRobot already had 550 registered so they began moving to a virtual format. A few days later it became clear they would not be able to get the speakers to the venue either, so they pivoted once again and moved it all to a remote stream.

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FOSE 2014: Day One

May 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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Innovation: How Do We Get It In a Military Bureaucracy? Video from AFCEA/USNI 2013 West

Posted by AFCEA International

Recorded January 30, 2013
AFCEA/USNI West 2013 Conference Panel

"Innovation: How Do We Get It In a Military Bureaucracy?"
Moderated by The Honorable Jay M. Cohen, Principal, The Chertoff Group, former Under Secretary for Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and former Chief of Naval Research, Department of the Navy.

Panelists:

  • Mr. Matthew E. Gaston, Director, Software Engineering Institute Innovation Center
  • RADM Matthew L. Klunder, USN, Chief of Naval Research/Director, Innovation, Technology Requirements, and Test & Evaluation
  • RADM Terry B. Kraft, USN, Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command
  • MajGen Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., USMC, USMC Representative to the Quadrennial Defense Review

"Innovation: How Do We Get it in a Military Bureaucracy?"

29 Jan CTOvision Podcast

Originally posted by Ryan Kamauff on CTOvision

Play CTOvision Podcast featuring Daniel Mintz. Daniel Mintz is the Principal and Founder of ESEM Consulting and former CIO of the Department of Transportation. He is a lifelong technologist and avid Washington Capitals fan.

We discussed the following stories:
DOD, VA improve eBenefits portal
Government Appetite Growing for Twitter User Data
86,800 network printers open to the whole internet
Odierno: budget is greatest threat to national security
Google Announces Pwnium 3, Ups Ante and Offers $3M+ in Rewards
New bug makes moot Java's latest anti-exploit defenses, claims researcher
Pentagon to boost cybersecurity force
Data.gov gets agile with new alpha site
Government IT's Move to Cloud Slowed by Security Concerns, Misconceptions

VIDEO: Leading Trends in Information Technology from ITSAF 2012

Originally posted by on Aol Government

VIDEO: Leading Trends in Information Technology
Secretary Ramos opens the 2012 IT Security Awareness Fair with a welcome to the Government ISO community. He addresses some of the challenges that Government faces protecting important information while still providing services at an exceptional level as well as the leading trends in the Information Technology environment.

For more expert analysis, discussion and debate about the innovative ideas at work in the public sector, visit AOL Gov.