Gov 2.0 Expo: Live Blogging Keynote and Plenary Sessions

Tim Reilly: The movement needs heroes. 

Eggers journey to success: good idea, implementable design, political will, good implementation & evaluation of results

Big initiatives face doubts and cultural issues.  Gov 2.0 brings those doubts out to the surface, bubbles them up to the surface.

Read the extended version for more on the speakers below:

Accepting the Mission for Greatness
Bill Eggers (Deloitte)

Apps for the Army Jeffrey A. Sorenso. (U.S. Army)

Sunlight Foundation Contest Winners Clay Johnson (Sunlight Labs)

15-second Case Studies in Open Government Data Daniel O'Neil (EveryBlock)

Crisis Communication 2.0: Real-time Civilian Protection Zubin Wadia (CiviGuard, Inc.)

Vote on the Web: Transparency and Civic Engagement in Brazilian Politics André Blas (WebCitizen)

Graffiti Tracker: Utilizing Data to Fight Crime Timoth. Kephart (Graffiti Tracker Inc.)

Opening the Courts - Using Technology to Empower the Unrepresented Kate Bladow (Pro Bono Net)

You've Been Scienced: Communicating Military Science and Technology with Social Media John Ohab (US Department of Defense, Public Web) Create short .gov URLs Michelle Chronister (U.S. General Services Administration)

Technology is a Prism Held Up to the Imagination: A Vision of Reality for Gov 2.0 Looking Forward Rita King (IBM Analytics Virtual Center)

Instituting a Culture of AWESOME in Government: The Case of the IED Task Force Tech Team Christopher Dufour (

If You Can't Control the Data, Consider the Message Elizabet. Losh (University of California, Irvine)

First Responder Communities of Practice Jose Vazquez (Department of Homeland Security)

LTG Jeff Sorenson, CIO/G-6 HQDA -- Apps for the Army
  • Tim O'Reilly came to DoD and presented the Apps for the Army idea at a high level.
  • 1980s Info Share
  • 1990s Cooperation and Coordination
  • 2010 Collaborative Info Environment
  • Working toward Common Network Integration Kits and Common Hardware with Integrated Apps
  • Standardize the environment -- standardize the OS environment and how software apps are developed in the future.
  • The people who know what is needed are the people at the far front (user end)
  • Apps for the Army -- cash incentive to develop.  Used DISA RACE environment to test apps.
  • Apps for the Army has 141 participants and 119 registered projects with 53 submitted apps from privates to majors to civilians
  • Awesome App Example  -- SHOK, detects extreme vehicle shock event and automatically takes pictures and sends reports with GPS and travel info
Clay Johnson, Director of Sunlight Labs -- Design for America: The Winners
  • Art focused technology themed activity -- 8 Categories
  • Best Redesign of a Government Website: redesigned and mashed up with state and federal info, displaying your total tax portfolio
  • Best use of Sunlight Data: Cool Kids at the Whitehouse
  • Best visualization of the senate floor procedures
  • Best visualization of how a bill becomes a law -- (aside: 35th Anniversary of School House Rock's Just a bill)
  • Best Redesign of a government form: Department of State Passport Form
  • Best Visualization of Community Health Data: Partnered with HHS and someone developed the County Sin Ranking
  • Best visualization of data
  • Winners will be posted at above URL shortly...
Sponsor thanks: Clay wrote an Article called "Adobe is bad for open government" and Adobe stepped up to partner and help the contest!

Dan O'Neil EveryBlock, Case Studies:
  • Local news down to the block level
  • Info mashed up block title transfers, building permits, etc
  • Ask for the data: it will come
  • Politics can ruin information
  • Data can get confusing
  • People make the data -- humans are behind it
  • Maintenance is tough
  • Dedicated databases work
  • Incremental improvement

Zubin Wadia (CiviGuard, Inc.), Emergency Communications 2.0
  • Social media services and communication channels arent big enough to get the message our in an emergency siutation
  • Huge sales and penetration of mobile devices
  • Location aware, contextual emergency informatio
André Blas (WebCitizen),

Timothy Kephart (Graffiti Tracker Inc.)

  • Look at Graffiti and analyze for intel
  • Role call/gang call outs. 
  • Track the data, you will find the taggers and gang members
  • Who associates with who, etc
  • Following a specific tagger, you can see their patterns when overlaid with a map.  You can remove the noise.
  • Go beyond the broken windows theory and get the intel to law enforcement
Kate Bladow (Pro Bono Net)
  • Provides legal assistance/information for those who do not know how or where to ask for information
  • Law Help Interactive
  • Pro Bono Net was asked to be a sponsor of Law Help Interactive
  • Helps people without legal representation fill out forms online through a guided interview process and automated document generation

John Ohab (US Department of Defense, Public Web), Armed with Science
  • Scientists have a image problem
  • Goals: Demystify military scientists and making science meaningful
  • Periodic Table of Social Media -- Awesome!  (must ask for this graphic)

Michelle Chronister (U.S. General Services Administration) Go.USA.Gov URL Shortener
  • Realizing the need to provide a secure and trustworthy .GOV URL shortening service for user confidence
  • Prevents malicious retweets, blog posts, etc by giving users a recognizable .gov URL ending instead of using a service like, 
  • URLS are permanent by design, users can always reach the service
  • Deployed in the Government Cloud and saves dollar
  • Only users with a Government e-mail address can register.
  • Provides permanent record of URLs
  • Future of -> Build an API to share the data

Rita King (IBM Analytics Virtual Center), Security researcher
  • Iceland volcano revealed the interconnectedness of the world in its travel disruptions
  • -- Inch land ownership ownership
  • Part-Virtual Part-Physical project of micro-ownership or land and society creation
Christopher Dufour ( -- Must Be Awesome
  • Gov 1.0 is lame
  • Gov 2.0 is awesome
  • Fosters a culture of innovation
  • IED Tech Team was to be rapidly deploy counter IED tech to the field
  • Joint IED Task Force: Kicking ass, holistically
  • The business of awesome is social.
  • Joint IED Task Force turned into JIEDDO -- "they get nothing done"
  • Be Social
  • Be Passionate
  • Empower your people
  • Find your Awesome
  • Don't be an asshole.

Elizabeth Losh (University of California, Irvine)
  • You don't want to win one of Elizabeth's Bafooley's awards, dubbed after Rep. Foley's IM exchanges that went public
  • Worry about hackers
  • Don't foster a cynical atmosphere with not using user generated content.  if you ask for a user's stories, use them somewhere
  • Don't take things out of the public domain
  • Don't copyright materials
  • Don't ive for the moment -- i.e., -- they are like orphan children
  • Don't drink the corporate cool-aid -- don't use providers that will violate privacy!!
  • This is the government, not a brand.

Jose Vazquez (Department of Homeland Security)