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Overview

The California Government Innovation 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

As we navigate the complexities of modern governance, the California Government Innovation Summit stands as a pivotal forum for fostering collaboration, driving technological advancement, and nurturing a culture of continuous improvement. This year’s summit is particularly crucial as we explore the frontiers of GenAI and beyond, exploring the potential of emerging technologies to revolutionize public service. By bringing together technologists alongside business and program leaders from across the state, we ensure that our innovations are aligned with advancing meaningful outcomes for all Californians. Together, we can transform challenges into opportunities and build a more resilient, efficient, and inclusive California.

— Amy Tong, Secretary, California Government Operations Agency

 

The Office of Data and Innovation is excited to share lessons learned from our work in product management, human-centered design, data science, and training at this year’s California Government Innovation Summit. ODI’s vision is a California government that is modern, effective, and provides exceptional service to all Californians. We are partnering with other state departments to meet the expectations of those we serve while meeting the critical moment before us to harness the power of emerging technologies like GenAI for the public good. This summit offers a unique opportunity to share insights and collaborate with technologists and business leaders across state government, break down silos, and co-create the future of effective and equitable service delivery that every Californian deserves.

– Jeffery Marino, Director, California Office of Data and Innovation

Agenda

Tuesday, August 20

8:00 am Pacific

Registration and Morning Refreshments in the Exhibit Area

9:00 am Pacific

Opening Remarks

Jeffery Marino, Director, California Office of Data and Innovation

9:15 am Pacific

Keynote

10:15 am Pacific

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

10:45 am Pacific

Concurrent Sessions

Future Lab: Beyond AI, What's Next?

In the midst of ever-changing tech landscapes, it’s crucial to keep our eyes on the horizon. As AI and IoT become mainstream, understanding what the next technological revolution brings will be essential for public sector leaders. How can we stay prepared for these future advancements and the unforeseen challenges and opportunities they bring? Join us as we look ahead to emerging technologies poised to transform how we serve Californians and explore strategies to stay ahead of the curve, ensuring readiness to navigate and harness the next wave of technological breakthroughs.

Adopting a Mindset of Innovation

Embracing a mindset of innovation is essential for modern public sector leaders. How can continuous evaluation and improvement ensure solutions meet evolving needs? What role do small, agile steps play in driving significant improvements and fostering a culture of innovation? This session explores the importance of measuring outcomes and how iterative learning from both successes and challenges can lead to greater advancements. Discover best practices for fostering innovation, managing risks, and integrating user-focused design from the start. Redefine public sector practices by fostering a culture where continuous improvement and innovative thinking are the norm.

Unlocking the Power of Data

Data is a part of our everyday work no matter our role. Are we treating it as the valuable asset it is? Just like maintaining any crucial resource, effective data governance ensures your data remains robust and ready for innovations like GenAI. How can data management practices enhance operations across the State? Delve into the importance of curating and maintaining data to unlock its full potential. Learn how data can drive equity, protect vulnerable residents, and inform strategic decisions. Explore best practices for data governance and discover how well-managed data paves the way for groundbreaking innovations while combating bias and ensuring inclusivity.

Cultivating a Community of Innovators

In the public sector, collaboration is essential, yet organizational barriers can limit our potential. How do we share tools and assets to avoid reinventing the wheel? This session will explore the successes and challenges of breaking down silos and encouraging transparency across agencies and departments. Learn from leaders about existing communities of practice, their methods for effective collaboration, and how sharing resources can lead to more efficient outcomes. Contribute your own ideas and help identify new areas where communities of practice can benefit everyone. Join us to foster a collaborative environment that maximizes efficiency and innovation.

Crisis Ready: Collaborative Strategies for Continuity

In an unpredictable world, effective crisis management and business continuity are essential responsibilities for everyone, regardless of their role. Are your teams truly ready for unexpected disasters, beyond just having plans on paper? This session delves into innovative strategies for crisis preparedness, exploring real-world examples of how organizations have adapted when systems fail. Learn about the importance of having robust emergency plans and ensuring that your people are ready to execute them. Discover how business and program leaders can collaborate with technology leaders to enhance resilience and maintain operations during crises. Join us to strengthen your crisis management capabilities and ensure continuity in any situation.

Human-centered Information Technology

IT practitioners want to design products and services with their customers in mind. Applying principles like human-centered design and plain language can revolutionize your IT shop. Come and learn from ODI’s CalAcademy and partners from other state departments about how design thinking practices can spur innovation, skill development, cross-department collaboration, and team building. These human-centered design practices can build scale at your department. Come see how!

11:45 am Pacific

Lunch

12:45 pm Pacific

AI Sparks: Previewing the Future of GenAI in California

Join us for an engaging session where Jeffery Marino, Director of the Office of Data and Innovation, will provide a high-level overview of the five GenAI proofs of concept initiated under the recent executive order. Representatives from each project will share concise previews of their innovative work. This session is designed to help you decide which in-depth presentations to attend during the afternoon lightning rounds. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a snapshot of the cutting-edge AI projects transforming California’s public sector.

1:15 pm Pacific

Short Break

Please proceed to the concurrent sessions.

1:30 pm Pacific

Concurrent Sessions

California for All: Pioneering Digital Equity in the GenAI Era

Digital equity is at the forefront of California’s mission, ensuring that technology serves everyone, especially those not typically centered in tech solutions. How can we make digital equity a priority from the start, even before procurement? Explore how California’s human-centered approach to technology, including generative AI, emphasizes inclusivity and cultural sensitivity. Hear about successful initiatives and community-based strategies that are bridging the digital divide. Join us to discover how California is leading the way in creating a more inclusive digital future for all residents.

Our Californian-First Mindset: Innovating the Resident Experience

In today’s fast-paced world, understanding who we serve and what we solve is more critical than ever. How can we prioritize the resident experience to make a meaningful impact? What strategies can we employ to measure these improvements and view our work through a customer-oriented lens? If we learn to prioritize Californians as we innovate, we can ensure that every interaction adds value and builds trust. Explore how a resident-focused mindset can transform government services and create a more responsive and efficient public sector in California.

Building Tomorrow's Workforce

The future of our workforce is critical to the success of the public sector, especially in the age of generative AI and rapid technological advancement. How can we attract top talent and retain them to build a robust and dynamic team? Join leading voices from across the state, including CalHR, to discuss innovative strategies for workforce recruitment and retention. Discover how collaborative efforts and strategic planning can ensure that our workforce is equipped to meet the challenges of tomorrow. This session will provide valuable insights and practical approaches for creating a future-ready public sector workforce.

Procurement Power: Driving Public Sector Innovation

Procurement can be a powerful driver of innovation in the public sector. How can we leverage procurement processes to foster creativity and implement emerging technologies to better serve Californians? This session will explore innovative procurement strategies like RFI2, highlighting how procurement can serve as a primary solution toward achieving transformative goals. Learn how to leverage procurement as a tool for innovation and drive impactful change in public services.

Building a Collaborative Cybersecurity Culture

Cybersecurity is a critical concern that extends beyond the IT department—it’s a leadership priority at every level of government. How can we ensure that everyone, from state leaders to frontline employees, takes ownership of information security and privacy? This session will explore strategies for integrating cybersecurity into the fabric of organizational culture, highlighting successful initiatives from various agencies. Learn how to make cybersecurity a collective responsibility, fostering a proactive and resilient approach to protecting sensitive data and systems. Discover how unified efforts in cybersecurity can safeguard the future of public services.

Putting the Public in Public Comment

How do you reach and engage more Californians to ensure equity and awareness? How do you make sure historically underrepresented communities feel heard and take an active role in decision-making? Come learn how the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) partnered with the Office of Data and Innovation (ODI) on an innovative approach to public engagement through research, discovery, problem definition, pilots, and training. We will also showcase how plain language was utilized as a best practice.

Exclusive Briefing for Industry Partners

Jeffery Marino, Director, California Office of Data and Innovation

Sarah Soto-Taylor, Deputy Secretary for Business Transformation and Strategic Development, California Government Operations Agency

Moderated by: Mike Driessen, Vice President, Government Technology

2:30 pm Pacific

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

3:00 pm Pacific

Lightning Rounds 1: Showcasing GenAI Innovations in California

Our lightning rounds offer an insightful look at five groundbreaking GenAI proofs of concept that are transforming California’s public sector. Each 25-minute round provides an overview of these cutting-edge AI innovations, enhancing productivity, safety, and service delivery.

Attendees will have the chance to attend two different sessions, gaining valuable insights into the practical applications and benefits of Generative AI across various state departments and leave inspired to start their own proof-of-concept with GenAI. Don’t miss this opportunity to see GenAI in action and learn how it’s shaping the future of public service in California.

Boosting Call Center Productivity with GenAI

Discover how the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) is leveraging GenAI to enhance the efficiency and productivity of its call center teams. Learn about the innovative approaches that are streamlining processes and improving customer interactions.

Enhancing Safety for Vulnerable Roadway Users

Explore the GenAI solution being implemented by Caltrans to improve safety for vulnerable roadway users. This session will cover the latest advancements in AI technology aimed at reducing accidents and protecting pedestrians, cyclists, and other at-risk groups.

Unlocking Traffic Mobility Insights with GenAI

Join Caltrans in examining how GenAI is being utilized to process and interpret traffic data, providing valuable insights for better traffic management and mobility. This session will highlight the transformative impact of AI on transportation planning and operations.

Improving Language Access with GenAI

Learn about the efforts of the California Health and Human Services Agency (CalHHS) to use GenAI for enhancing language access across various services. This session will showcase the AI-driven tools that are breaking down language barriers and ensuring equitable access to information and resources.

Revolutionizing Health Care Facility Inspections with GenAI

See how the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is employing GenAI to revolutionize health care facility inspections. This session will delve into the AI technologies that are making inspections more efficient, thorough, and effective in ensuring public health and safety.

3:30 pm Pacific

Lightning Rounds 2: Showcasing GenAI Innovations in California

Choose from the same sessions offered above in Lightning Round 1

4:00 pm Pacific

Best of California Awards

4:30 pm Pacific

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Area

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

5:15 pm Pacific

End of Conference

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

Sheraton Grand Sacramento

1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 447-1700

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Advisory Board

Government Representatives

Liana Bailey-Crimmins
State Chief Information Officer & Director
Department of Technology
State of California

Thomas Boon
Chief Information Officer
Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
State of California

Chad Bratton
Chief Information Officer
Office of Data and Innovation
State of California

Brenda Bridges Cruz
Deputy Director, Special Projects
Department of Technology
State of California

Jennifer Chan
Chief Information Officer
California State Lottery
State of California

Kevin Cornish
Chief Information Officer
Covered California

Barb Cosio Moreno
Communications Manager
Office of Data and Innovation
State of California

Chad Crowe
Chief Information Officer
Department of Social Services
State of California

Adam Dondro
Agency Information Officer
Health & Human Services Agency
State of California

Don Foley
Chief Information Officer
Department of Toxic Substances Control
State of California

Sergio Gutierrez
Chief Deputy Director
Office of Data and Innovation
State of California

Amar Hariharan
Chief Information Officer/Acting AIO
Department of Food & Agriculture
State of California

Crystal Holcomb
Deputy Director
Department of Technology
State of California

Dave Jenkins
Chief Information Officer
California Highway Patrol
State of California

Arman Lal
IT Chief Operating Officer
Department of Toxic Substances Control
State of California

Stephenson Loveson
Chief Information Officer
CalPERS
State of California

Isaiah Mall
Chief Information Officer
CalVet
State of California

Jeffery Marino
Director
Office of Digital Innovation
State of California

Mike Marshall
Chief Information Security Officer
Environmental Protection Agency
State of California

Calvin McGee
Chief Information Officer
Department of Real Estate
State of California

Kanuri Murty
Chief Information Officer
FI$CAL
State of California

Jonathan Porat
Chief Technology Officer
Department of Technology
State of California

Ron Robinette
Agency Chief Information Officer
GovOps
State of California

John Roussel
Chief Information Officer
Public Health
State of California

Hong Sae
Chief Information Officer
City of Roseville

Sarah Soto-Taylor
Deputy Secretary for Business Transformation and Strategic Development
GovOps
State of California

Ivy Teng Lei
Chief Digital Strategy Officer
Department of Technology
State of California

Blaine Wasylkiw
Deputy Chief Technology Innovation Officer
Department of Technology
State of California

Jefferson Willoughby
Chief Information Officer
Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
State of California

Quentin Wright
Chief Information Officer
Department of Technology
State of California

Rami Zakaria
Chief Information Officer
Sacramento County

Industry Representatives

Dorothy Amaro
Head of SLED Sales
Google Cloud

Chris Apostolopoulos
Field Account Executive
Dell Technologies

Mike Barlow
Advanced Technical Account Executive
Sales
CDW-G

Cheryl Gardner
Account Executive
Dell Technologies

Nancy Kastell
Director, Account Management Partner
Healthcare and Government
Kyndryl Inc.

Kevin Munoz
Director, Technology Sales
IBM

Anissa Owens
Named Account Manager
Palo Alto Networks

Amanda Zvolanek
Account Executive
Amazon Web Services

Registration Information / Contact Us

Event Date: August 20, 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:

Tabbie Pegoda
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 932-1411
E-mail: tpegoda@erepublic.com

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

Mireya Gaton
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 296-2617
E-Mail: mgaton@govtech.com

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact:

Heather Earney
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 932-1339
E-mail: heather.earney@erepublic.com

Venue

Sheraton Grand Sacramento

1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 447-1700

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Parking

The Sheraton offers overnight and drive-in valet parking for $45/daily

Accommodations

There is no room block set up for this event. There are a variety of hotel options near the event venue.