Rough Guide to Gov 2.0 Expo: Open Source Edition

Gov 2.0 Expo is coming to Washington, DC next week. It’s the latest offering from the O’Reilly event machine, which is unmatched in its ability to generate buzz and get everyone excited about topics that they’ve never heard of.

I though I’d post the sessions that I plan to attend. You can subscribe to my calendar using this link. Below, I’ve included some highlights Hope to see you all there!

Apps for the Army Keynote Kickoff
5:10pm Tuesday, 05/25/2010, Location: Ballroom A
Lt. General Sorenson is the Army’s CIO. He has a deep understanding of how technology is shaping the armed forces, and that’s led him to launch the Apps for Army competition, which is a bold attempt to change the way the DoD innovates. Rather than relying on large contracts and central planning, he’s encouraging the folks at the “edge”, the end-users, to build apps that can solve their own problems. The awards are due in August, and I’m excited to get an update.

Sunlight Foundation Contest Winners
5:20pm Tuesday, 05/25/2010, Location: Ballroom A
Clay Johnson leads the Sunlight Foundation’s Sunlight Labs, and is a towering figure in the government online transparency movement. Through a series of app contests, they’ve sparked a lot of interest in government data, and encouraged the average programmer to build tools that help citizens engage with and understand their government. The latest contest, Design for America, focuses the community’s efforts on better visualizations of data. I’m an info visualization nerd, so this will be right up my alley.

Open, Linked Data for a Global Community
9:40am Wednesday, 05/26/2010, Location: Ballroom A
It’s Tim Berners-Lee. He invented the Web. Have you heard of it?

Open Source’s Role in CONNECTing the Public and Private Sector Healthcare Community
11:00am Wednesday, 05/26/2010, Location: Room 207 A
Vish Sankaran and David Riley from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, and Brian Behlendorf of Apache and CollabNet fame, are going to talk about the very exciting CONNECT project, which is creating open source tools to help make it easier for doctors to use and exchange electronic health records. It’s a great project, and one of the best examples of how government can use open source to improve service delivery and encourage collaboration.

Power to the People: Using Technology for Government/Citizen Innovation
2:30pm Wednesday, 05/26/2010, Location: Room 202 B
Dustin Haisler is the Assistant City Manager and CIO of City of Manor, Texas. I met him at GTC Southwest a few months ago, and I loved his energy and drive. While the Federal Government gets most of the attention in the open government movement, here’s a guy who’s brining open government to small town in Texas.

Transparency Begins at Home
3:10pm Wednesday, 05/26/2010, Location: Room 201
Richard Boly is the Director of the Office of eDiplomacy at the State Department, and has the unenviable task of driving innovation in that notoriously conservative and fragmented agency. He’s has some fascinating successes, though, in using web-based tools to encourage collaboration and transparency. I’m excited to hear how he’s doing.

Creating the Agile Government
8:30am Thursday, 05/27/2010, Location: Room 201
Bryan Sivak is the CTO for the DC Government, picking up where Vivek Kundra left off. He’s making a name for himself, though, re-architecting how DC does business so it can run more efficiently and be more responsive to its citizens. As a resident of DC, I know he’s got his work cut out for him. But if anyone can do it, Bryan can.

Beyond Apps Contests: The Present and Future Possibilities of Civic Innovation
11:45am Thursday, 05/27/2010, Location: Room 202 A
Peter Corbett is DC’s undisputed Gov 2.0 impresario, and the driving force behind many of the “Apps for…” contests that have sprung up in the last year. I’ve had some concerns about the sustainability of this method of collaboration before, and I know that he’s been working hard to find ways of addressing some weaknesses in the contest approach. I’m really eager to hear his latest thinking.

Law.Gov: America’s Operating System, Open Source
2:00pm Thursday, 05/27/2010, Location: Ballroom A
Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org is the Obi-Wan Kenobi of government transparency. Go read his Wikipedia entry, and then wonder what you’ve done with your life. His speaking slot is only 10 minutes, but I’m sure it’s going to make me smarter.