Source: Reimagining the Digital Reform of Government in the Trump Era – Reinvent
Reinvent will host Code for America Founder Jen Pahlka and O’Reilly Media Founder Tim O’Reilly on January 19 in San Francisco in a discussion on how civic-minded technologists should approach the ongoing reinvention of government in the Trump era.
The Bay Area tech community, like much of the rest of the country, is still grappling with what Trump’s election will mean for the future of the United States. Donald Trump’s stance on innovation and technology is somewhat of an unknown at this stage, and has attracted much less attention than many of his other divisive campaign platforms. The future of many digital efforts—including the United States Digital Service, created by President Obama in 2014 to encourage people with tech expertise to do a tour of duty improving government—is one looming question. Obama said he considered the USDS “a SWAT team, a world-class technology office inside of the government.” What happens to this SWAT team under President Trump? What happens to similar efforts at other federal agencies and in states, counties, and cities across the country? The state of California is making a play to be the next frontier for digital transformation. What does that frontier look like under a Trump presidency?
Jen Pahlka and Tim O’Reilly will lead this difficult and important conversation during our January What’s Now: San Francisco event. The founder and Executive Director of Code for America, Jen served as U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer from June 2013 to June 2014 and co-founded the USDS. Tim O’Reilly (also Jen’s husband) was a pioneer in the Gov. 2.0 movement in the decade leading into the Obama years. Jen and Tim will discuss the role that technologists passionate about civil service can play in the next four years. How can tech industry professionals serve their country? Will they resist working in Trump’s White House? Should the tech community back out of public service, or deepen its commitment? At What’s Now, we’ll assemble a great collection of people to think through these challenging issues in real time. Hope to see you there.
Golden Gate Bridge (photo: Luke Fretwell)
San Francisco Bay Area city enthusiasts and innovators can now register for BRIDGE SF, “a collaboration of public, private, non-profit, and academic institutions coming together to challenge assumptions, develop skills, share best practices, and build partnerships that drive innovation for a better tomorrow.”
The conference, held in multiple areas around the Bay Area over four days, will foucs on topics such as smart cities, mobility, Internet of things, sustainability, resiliency, economic development and arts and culture.
BRIDGE SF is a collaboration between the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, the University of California, Berkeley and City Innovate Foundation.
Learn more and register.
Agile Government Leadership has launched a new online course focused on the government product owner and will host a webinar on June 16 to give an overview and answer questions.
The course, Agile for the Government Product Owner, part of the AGL Academy, is free and self-guided.
As I’ve mentioned here before, the product owner is one of the most important, if not the most important, positions in government technology.
Register for the introductory webinar.
Agile Government Leadership has created AGL Academy to help public sector professionals (and their supporting vendors) learn more about agile development practices in the context of government.
The first course, “Agile for the Government Project Manager,” is self-guided, but AGL Working Group members are offering a free webinar to walk through the components of each lesson.
Learn more about the project manager course and register.
For questions, contact AGL.
This year’s Code for America Summit is September 30 to October 2 in Oakland, California, and friends of GovFresh get a 10 percent discount.
Register using this link: codeforamerica.org/summit/?discount=GovFresh-10#register
As always, the schedule and speaker list is incredible.
Also, if you’re attending Summit and want to connect, email me at email@example.com, and let’s schedule some time to meet.
If you’re a Bay Area civic entrepreneur interested in connecting with your peers, we’re getting together for a CivicMeet in August. The format will be informal networking, happy hour style.
If you’re interested in sponsoring, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Date: August 12, 2015 · 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. PT
- Location: Press Club, 20 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco
Photo: Luke Fretwell
The 2015 National Day of Civic Hacking will be held on June 6. To date, more than 70 events around the world have been scheduled.
The global hackathon, targeted to “urbanists, government staff, developers, designers, and activists,” is organized by Code for America and Second Muse.
Here’s how to get involved:
Photo: U.S. Navy / Gary Nichols
A new roundtable series focused on “Transforming Government IT” will bring together leaders in both the public and private sectors from Washington, D.C., to Silicon Valley, to discuss how the federal government can reinvent its approach to technology.
The first roundtable, “Loving Both Innovation and Security,” will be held this Tuesday, April 28, starting at 10:30 a.m. PT (1:30 p.m. ET). The focus will be on how cybersecurity can be used to accelerate innovation in the federal government workforce and keep pace with the private sector.
Future discussions include “Security in an Open World of Free Software,” “Continuous Monitoring to Trust the Cloud” and “A Lean Plan for Security & Compliance.”
The series is a collaboration between Agile Government Leadership, CivicActions and Reinventors Network. Similar series from Reinventors Network have tackled nuclear security, universities and Hollywood.
Register here for the first event.
Join Agile Government Leadership tomorrow via Google Hangout on Air for a discussion on how Salt Lake City is implementing agile development.
- Bill Haight, CIO, Salt Lake City
- Drew Gordan, IMS Business Services Manager, Salt Lake City
- Elizabeth Raley, Director of Professional services, CivicActions
- Luke Fretwell, GovFresh
Agile Government in Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City first introduced Agile processes in the City Council’s office and, since then the Information Management Services office has adopted it as a core component of its project management. Salt Lake City CIO Bill Haight and IMS Business Services Manager Drew Gordan will share how they introduced and implemented Agile, including advice, challenges and lessons learned.
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of CityCamp, we’re encouraging cities across the world to celebrate CityCamp Day on January 10, 2015.
For those unfamiliar with the concept, CityCamp is an unconference focused on innovation and collaboration for municipal governments, community organizations and citizens.
CityCamp aims to:
- Bring together local government officials, municipal employees, experts, developers, designers, citizens and journalists to share perspectives and insights about their cities
- Create outcomes that participants will act upon
Here’s how to get started:
Learn more about CityCamp at citycamp.com, follow on Twitter and Facebook and sign up for the newsletter.
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you have questions or need help.