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U.S. Data Innovation Day 2017: Smarter Government, Smarter Communities

by Joshua New

From government chatbots that respond to citizen queries to municipal infrastructure that predicts necessary repairs, the public sector of tomorrow has the potential to be significantly smarter than it is today. But improvements will not happen soon enough or extensively enough unless policymakers insist on these changes. While some government agencies have taken first steps towards smarter government, all levels of government face significant obstacles that limit their ability and willingness to embrace data-driven innovation. Given the magnitude of the benefits at stake—more responsive government, new and more efficient public services, and increases in public safety, public health, and quality of life—policymakers should take steps to overcome these obstacles and accelerate the transformation to smarter government.

Join the Center for Data Innovation for a conversation with public and private sector leaders about how data, artificial intelligence, and connected technologies can make all levels of government smarter and the steps policymakers should take to enable these changes.

Date and Time:

  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST.


  • District Architecture Center, 421 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

The event will be live-streamed on this page. Please return to this page on the day of the event. Follow the conversation on Twitter using #datainnovation.

Agenda (Download):

1:00 PM – Introduction & Welcome: Daniel Castro, Director, Center for Data Innovation

1:15 PM – Panel 1: Building Smart Communities

Panelists: Barney Krucoff (Chief Data Officer, District of Columbia), Andel Koester (Associate Director of What Works Cities, Results for America), Preston Read (Senior Director for External Affairs, Verizon Smart Communities).
Moderated by Joshua New (Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation).

The growing web of connected devices is creating many opportunities for government agencies to collect and analyze vast quantities of data to improve services, make better decisions, and automate processes. But while there have been some successful early initiatives, most communities still have a long way to go before they will have fully-integrated smart systems at every level of government. What should local governments be doing today to prepare for a more connected future? How should the state and federal government support local leaders? And how can policymakers ensure the benefits of smart communities are enjoyed by all citizens, from dense urban centers on the coasts to rural towns in the heartland?

2:25 PM – Panel 2: Using AI to Automate Government

Panelists: Alec Chalmers (Director, Public Sector Vertical Sales, Amazon Web Services), William Eggers (Executive Director, Center for Government Insights, Deloitte), Justin Herman (Emerging Citizen Technology Program Lead, General Services Administration).
Moderated by Daniel Castro (Director, Center for Data Innovation).

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are creating opportunities to increase productivity while increasing value, in part by automating routine processes and extracting insights from complex datasets. Where are the initial opportunities to use AI in government, and what impact will this have on government agencies? Moreover, what steps should government executives take to integrate AI into their agencies to make them smarter, more efficient, and more effective than ever before?

3:35 PM – Coffee Break

3:45 PM – Panel 3: Establishing Government as a Digital Leader

Panelists: David Bray (Executive Director, People-Centered Internet), Meagan Metzger (Founder and CEO, decode42), Andrew Trueblood, (Chief of Staff, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, District of Columbia Government).
Moderated by Daniel Castro (Director, Center for Data Innovation).

When it comes to technological adoption, too often government agencies are the laggards with the private sector instead being the one to set the pace of change. However, this does not have to be the case. How can the government reclaim the mantle of digital leader, and more rapidly embrace emerging technologies, such as data analytics and the Internet of Things? How have some agencies managed to incorporate data-driven innovation into their mission, and how can others replicate their successes?

5:00 PM – Reception Hosted by Statescoop 


Statescoop is the exclusive media partner for this event.

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