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The Digital Government Summit brings together technology focused public-sector professionals with leading industry partners to connect on innovative approaches, get inspired and discover new technologies. Join us and let’s improve the future of government together!

A message from our Keynote Speaker

From the beginning, the Bay Area Digital Government Summit has been an important event for Bay Area IT leaders in the public sector, to collaborate, network and align on industry trends

- Ed Miranda,Chief Information Officer and IT Director, City of Newark

The 2024 Bay Area Digital Government Summit is where public sector tech professionals will gain valuable insights and forge relationships that benefit them long after the event.

- Liza Massey, Chief Information Officer, County of Marin

The Bay Area Digital Government Summit has been a valuable resource for collaboration between bay area IT leaders for many years and I’m looking forward to this year’s conference in Berkeley. It’s a great place to catch up with colleagues and hear from industry partners/vendors, to stay up to date on new products and services.

- Jon Gjestvang, Chief Information Officer, County of Napa


Sharon Gai

Sharon Gai

Keynote Speaker and Author

Sharon Gai is an international female keynote speaker for corporations, associations and the public sector. Using her unique background from the east and west, she works with leaders worldwide to understand how to adopt AI into their workflows to increase productivity and efficiency. In her tenure at Alibaba, she advised brands and heads of state in crafting their digital strategy with programmatic marketing and AI. She has been the keynote speaker at TEDx, Singularity University, UBS, Deloitte, LVMH, Nestle, Ecomworld, and Etail. She is in the AAE list of Top Keynote Speakers in 2023. She is also one of 2024’s RETHINK Retail’s Top Retail Expert and a LinkedIn Top Voice in Public Speaking 2023. She has appeared on Bloomberg, ABC, CBC, CCTV, Techcrunch, Retail Asia, Wired, and The Next Web. She is the author of the book, Ecommerce Reimagined. Sharon has an Honors Bachelor’s degree in International Development from McGill and a Masters in Information and Knowledge Strategy from Columbia University.

Mike Driessen

Mike Driessen

Vice President, Government Technology

Mike Driessen is a Vice President for Government Technology and the Publisher for Industry Insider.  He is responsible for managing the strategy and operations for all recurring revenue services including GovTech Industry Navigator, a market and sales intelligence tool for private-sector SLED teams, and GovTech Industry Insider which provides daily news and insights into gov tech markets.   
Mike brings over 30 years of experience in IT consulting and systems integration with firms like Accenture, Grant Thornton and Hitachi Consulting.  His experience covers sales and marketing leadership, advising on digital strategies, and managing enterprise application alliances and implementations.  He has managed both large global teams and led start-ups. Mike lives in Los Angeles, although he grew up in the Midwest, and graduated from Marquette University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business Administration.



Wednesday, August 28

8:00 am Pacific

Registration and Morning Refreshments in the Exhibit Area

9:00 am Pacific

Opening Remarks

Nina D’Amato, Chief Information Officer, County of Santa Clara

Michael Makstman, Chief Information Officer, City of San Francisco

9:20 am Pacific

Keynote – Leading the AI Revolution: IT's New Role in Global Public Sector Innovation

AI is reshaping everything and IT leaders in government and public sector organizations stand at a pivotal juncture. Traditionally viewed as reactive and slower to innovate than the private sector, the public sector is now uniquely positioned to take a hands-on stance in AI implementation. To do that, we need to understand how IT departments can anticipate, and address business needs proactively. In this whirlwind session, digital transformation and AI expert, Sharon Gai, will take us on a journey around the world. Starting from the bustling streets of Hangzhou to the high-tech healthcare facilities of Tokyo, and finally to the classrooms of New York. Through this session, government leaders will understand the myriad ways AI is redefining society and be equipped with actionable insights, aiding them in harnessing the full potential of AI for the betterment of their communities.

Sharon Gai, Keynote Speaker & Author

10:20 am Pacific

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

10:50 am Pacific

Concurrent Sessions

Exploring Disruptive Technology for Public Sector Innovation

Innovation in the public sector can be transformative. How does your team break out of the status quo and remain open to innovative technologies? We will examine how crowdsourcing can harness collective wisdom and how smart communities are set to become the norm. Our panel will share success stories about innovative solutions and how to foster an “out of the box” mindset in your teams.

Moderator: Corey Bruins, National Conference Director, Government Technology

Maisha Dottery, Chief Information Officer, State of California

Khaled Tawfik, Chief Information Officer, City of San Jose

Safeguarding Data Privacy

Big data is a big issue, we’ll cover the essentials of data privacy policies including retention, access, compliance, and transparency. How do you navigate the intricacies of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Public Records Requests while maintaining confidentiality? What is your disaster recovery plan? In this session we’ll discuss best practices around data retention and protection, the importance of audits and protocols for mitigating breaches.

Moderator: Herman Brown Jr., Chief Information Officer, District Attorney’s Office, City and County of San Francisco

Jon Gjestvang, Chief Information Officer, County of Napa

Sue Hartman, Information Technology Director, City of Richmond

Fortifying the Frontline: Cybersecurity Hiring Trends and Collaborative Defense

Let’s look at cybersecurity hiring trends and discuss how dedicated cyber teams can transform workflows and even reduce insurance fees. How can you optimize your team’s roles to prevent overlap or gaps in responsibilities? Can cities and counties work together to strengthen security for everyone? In this session our panel will discuss strategies for clarifying roles and nurturing new talent in the cybersecurity space. In addition, we’ll explore how cities and counties can bolster their defenses through resource sharing and collaborative response strategies.

Savita Chaudhary, Assistant City Manager, City of Fairfield

Donald Hester, CISA Cybersecurity Advisor, San Francisco Bay Area

Adam Kostrzak, Chief Information Officer, City of Hayward

11:50 am Pacific


12:40 pm Pacific

Bits and Bytes – Safeguarding the Ballot

Join us for an insightful discussion on ensuring election integrity and protecting voters’ rights. Our panel will discuss technological solutions to enhance confidence in the electoral process.

Moderator: Liza Massey, Chief Information Officer, County of Marin

Timothy Flanagan, Chief Information Officer, Solano County

1:10 pm Pacific

Short Break

Please proceed to the concurrent sessions.

1:30 pm Pacific

Concurrent Sessions

Guiding Infrastructure Modernization Strategies

Critical decisions around infrastructure are pivotal to your organization’s success. How do you decide between cloud vs on prem solutions with exponential cost increases? How has your organization successfully migrated away from ageing systems? In this session we’ll explore key considerations when negotiating contracts and developing your strategy. We’ll look at use cases of successful migrations without service interruptions. Our panel will discuss how to align infrastructure decisions with organizational goals and establish governance frameworks to ensure accountability.

Moderator: Corey Bruins, National Conference Director, Government Technology

Ed Miranda, CIO and Information Technology Director, City of Newark

Menaka Indrani, Technical Services Director, Alameda County Information Technology Department

Accessibility for All

Join our dynamic session to discuss California’s accessibility initiatives. What are your organization’s accessibility priorities? How will you achieve maximum accessibility to support your constituents and avoid fines? With compliance deadlines looming, we’ll spotlight successful city and county website transformations with inclusive design that offers multiple languages and optimizes for deaf and blind users. We’ll touch on challenges faced by members of Digital Accessibility Work Groups (DAG) and explore successful use cases.

Moderator: Sybil Gurney, Assistant Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Technology, Alameda County

Exclusive Briefing for Industry Partners

2:30 pm Pacific

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

3:00 pm Pacific

General Session – The State of AI in GovTech: Exploring the Future

Presented by the Center for Public Sector AI, this keynote presentation delves into the present status of Artificial Intelligence in the GovTech sector, offering a detailed examination of AI's applications within state and local governments. We will explore AI's potential future paths in GovTech, highlighting emerging trends and discussing how technology and policy leaders can prepare for AI's impact on service delivery. We will address starting points for AI implementation, stressing the importance of collaboration, ethical considerations, and equitable technology access. This forward-looking talk will equip attendees with a thorough understanding of AI's trajectory in GovTech, providing practical insights to effectively leverage AI for public sector innovation and advancement.

Mike Driessen, VP Subscription Services

3:50 pm Pacific

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Area

Network with your colleagues and discuss technology solutions with the event exhibitors.

4:20 pm Pacific

End of Conference

4:30 pm Pacific

Post conference meet-up, Study Hall rooftop bar. (rooftop of the conference hotel)

Conference times, agenda, and speakers are subject to change.

Marriott Residence Inn, Berkeley

2121 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 982-2100

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Registration Information / Contact Us

Event Date: August 28, 2024

Open to Public Sector only.

Registration - Free

If you represent a Private Sector organization and are interested in Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Heather Earney.

Contact Information

For registration and general assistance contact:

Kathy Simpson
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 932-1394

For assistance or questions concerning Sponsor Logos or Logistics please contact:

Mireya Gaton
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 296-2617

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 932-1339


Marriott Residence Inn, Berkeley

2121 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 982-2100