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Overview

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

The 19th Annual Minnesota Digital Government Summit offers a unique platform for exchanging ideas and discovering innovative ways to address the digital needs of Minnesotans. Don't miss the chance for government and industry IT colleagues to connect and share their challenges, best practices, and successes. I hope to see you there!

- Tarek Tomes, Commissioner and Chief Information Officer, Minnesota IT Services, State of Minnesota

Speakers

Scott Klososky

Scott Klososky

Technologist, Futurist, Humanist, Author and Consultant

As a founding partner of digital strategy firm, Future Point of View (FPOV), Scott lives on the leading edge of technology and innovative thinking. Scott speaks to large audiences worldwide about the intersection of humanity and the Digital Transformation. Through FPOV, Scott provides advisory work for clients including Fortune100, SMB’s and government entities. This work has driven him to develop unique concepts such as the HUMALOGY® Scale for measuring the amount of human or machine involved in a system or process, and the Rivers of Information® process for building learning eco-systems. He also pioneered a framework for looking accurately into the future of an industry sector in order to set organizational strategy: The High Beam process.
Scott co-founded Alkami Technology (ALKT), the developer of a second-generation online banking platform with innovative features non-existent in current systems. The company went public in 2021 at a $3billion valuation and is today headquartered in Dallas with over 350 employees.
Scott is recognized globally for his unique ability to accurately predict future digital trends and explain the logic behind why these will alter the current status quo of the economy and society. While business application of his insights is extremely valuable to leaders and companies, he is also motivated help improve the impact post Covid environments are having on people and their daily lives. Technology has been increasingly driving change and stress and recent events are amplifying this problem. He has a unique perspective on how to manage the personal toll technology is causing people, teams and organizations.
Even as a young child, Scott was destined to see the world through a Humalogy® lens. His father was a programmer for Boeing and his mother was a counselor who mixed many philosophies into her practice of helping people in life. To this day, he is a hybrid of a technologist and humanist who strives to find a hopeful future in blending the two.
Scott has the ability to entertain, inspire, and enlighten audiences, while helping them gain new perspectives about how technology is impacting us. Scott never does a canned presentation with the exact content across events. He sets himself apart from other speakers by architecting his content with the latest examples, current events and trends relevant for the keynote he is delivering.
He is equally adept at giving large stage keynotes, speaking to small boards of directors, facilitating half and full day workshops, and doing break-out sessions. As an added bonus of his presentations, attendees come away learning how to be a better facilitator, speaker or presenter by seeing Scott use different applications and technologies to engage audiences either in a virtual, hybrid or in person setting. The best measure of his ability to inspire and inform audiences is the high percentage of speaking clients who bring him back for follow up work with their audiences.
He produces a podcast titled “The Digital Optimist” in which he delivers ideas about the transformation of humanity through the impact of technology with a positive and hopeful lens. He also writes a blog titled Digital Awakening – both can be found at his website at www.klososky.com

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Mark Weatherford

Mark Weatherford

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Mark Weatherford is a globally recognized information security professional with experience at some of the world’s largest public- and private-sector organizations. He was appointed as the first deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at DHS in the Obama administration and was chief information security officer for the state of Colorado and for the state of California under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. In the energy industry, he was VP and chief security officer at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, where he worked daily with Congress and electric utilities across North America on cybersecurity standards, regulations, and policy issues. He also served as a principal at The Chertoff Group and was VP and chief cybersecurity strategist at vArmour. Most recently, he was the VP and global information security strategist at Booking Holdings, the world’s largest online travel business with offices and employees in almost every country in the world and whose major companies include Booking, Priceline, Kayak, OpenTable and Agoda.

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Zarina Baber

Zarina Baber

Assistant Commissioner, MN IT Services, Office of Transformation and Strategy Delivery, State of Minnesota

Zarina has 28 years of IT leadership experience that spans across both private and public sectors. She started with Minnesota IT Services partnering with MMB in June 2018 where she led implementations of SWIFT (the state’s finance and procurement system) and portal system upgrades. Zarina Baber Enterprise MNIT in 2020 as the Assistant Commissioner and now leads the Office of Transformation and Strategy Delivery as the State’s Chief Transformation Officer. In her current role, Zarina is leading the shift from project management to product management across the Executive Branch. She is also identified as a co-goal owner of the Customer Experience goal identified in Governor Walz’s One MN Plan. in addition, Zarina has been serving as Chief Business Technology Officer for the Governor's Office since January 2020. Prior to MNIT, Zarina’s experience included major program execution, establishing and leading Project Management Offices (PMO). As the Director of the Enterprise PMO at Ameriprise Financial Services, Zarina led the transformation of technology’s annual planning process to a rolling monthly portfolio management process. She has extensive experience leading the implementation of a $175 million electronic health record initiative at Fairview Health Services and stood up the PMO at Target Corporation. Zarina’s public sector experience includes several years at Hennepin County Medical Center, where among other things she led the implementation of a service integration initiative across nine divisions—the data sharing project included business process redesign and cross-divisional systems integration.
Outside of work, Zarina is a recognized leader in the state for some of her ground-breaking work for multiple causes. She was a recipient of the Annual Asian Pacific Leadership Award in 2001, and the recipient of AARP and Pollen’s 2017 50 Over 50 leadership award in the Disruptors category, an annual award that highlights the 50 most inspiring and accomplished leaders across Minnesota. Zarina has served on several boards including Advocates for Human Rights, an internationally renowned human rights organization. Zarina holds a BS in MIS from Carlson School of Management, U of M; MS in Technology Management from the School of Engineering, University of St. Thomas and a Master Certificate in Healthcare Leadership with Focus on Organizational Change Management from Cornell University. In addition, Zarina is a certified Project Management Professional and a Certified Scrum Master.

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Darrin Hanson

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Director, System Engineering, Great Lakes SLED, Fortinet

Darrin Hanson has extensive experience working in the Cyber Security field for over two decades. He earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science in 1991 and an M.B.A. in IT Management in 2014.
In his current role, Darrin leads the Systems Engineering team focused on delivering secure networking solutions within Public Sector accounts at Fortinet. Prior to that, Darrin has held various Engineering and Management positions at Thomson Reuters, Diageo, Cisco Systems and ePlus. He has helped numerous companies from large Fortune 100 companies to small-medium sized businesses to design, deploy, and operate highly secure wired & wireless infrastructure.

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Cullen Landrum

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Sr. Advisory Solutions Consultant, SailPoint

With 20+ years of experience in Identity and Access Management, Cullen Landrum is a Senior Sales Engineer at SailPoint. Cullen specializes in the area of Identity Security. Prior to joining SailPoint Cullen worked for several software companies including Aegis Identity, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems supporting Higher Education, Federal, State and Local. Prior to that Cullen worked at EDS where he spent 10+ years as a developer on everything from mainframes to Tandem to Java. Cullen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Colorado, is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and is a member of Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).

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Hugh Miller

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Senior Director and National Technology Strategist, Lumen Technologies

Hugh Miller joined Lumen Technologies as a Senior Director on the National Technology Strategist team in September 2023 and brings 30 years of experience as an Innovation, Cybersecurity, and Digital & Cloud Transformation leader. He has held senior leadership positions in several industries, including government, technology startups, dotcom, insurance, utility, higher education, and hospitality. Prior to Lumen, Hugh was an Executive Government Advisor for Amazon Web Services, where he interfaced with government leaders throughout the US providing strategic and innovative ways to transform communities with cloud technologies. Hugh spent almost 18 years of his career in the public sector including serving as the CIO for the City of Dallas and City of San Antonio where he focused on transforming government by bringing a creative, innovative, and transformational focused leadership. He also spent time as a CIO consultant to many public sector organizations where he helped them focus on community resiliency, innovation, sustainability, and equity. In his CIO roles he has led three of the ten most populated US cities. Hugh also shares his technology and leadership insights as a speaker throughout the country and has been recognized throughout the tech industry with several awards.

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Soroush Sedigh

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Enterprise Account Executive, Government, Submittable

Soroush has 10 years of consultative sales experience partnering with public sector entities at the federal, state, & local level to improve processes & outcomes. An engineer by schooling, he uses an analytical approach to understand both the current and desired future state, and further partners to map out how real world problems can be solved through technology solutions. As a supporter of social impact, sustainability, and community development, he is passionate about working with government agencies to provide a better world for their constituents.

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Maria Thompson

Maria Thompson

State and Local Government Cyber Security Leader, Amazon Web Services

Maria S. Thompson is the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Lead for Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this role, she brings over 20 years of experience in information technology, strategic planning, computer network defense and risk management. Prior to her role with AWS, Maria served as North Carolina’s first State Chief Risk and Security Officer. There she was instrumental in establishing the Whole of State Approach to Cyber. This included the development and implementation of the state’s first Cyber Disruption Plan, and the Joint Cyber Task Force (JCTF). Maria also served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps and retired as the cybersecurity chief/information assurance chief for the Marine Corps. Other security roles held includes certification and accreditation (C&A) lead for the Multi-National Forces – Iraq and senior security engineer in a joint military organization and Security Operations Center lead for a federal agency.

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Jaime Wascalus

Jaime Wascalus

Director and Chief Information Officer, Office of Technology and Communications, City of St. Paul

Jaime Wascalus began her career as an application developer in Washington, DC, and moved into leadership roles after discovering the joy of working with and guiding smart, creative, and diverse teams. In 2022 she joined the City of Saint Paul's Office of Technology and Communications as Director and CIO, and is now leading teams of talented and dedicated public servants who support a city that works for all. 

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Jay Wyant

Jay Wyant

Chief Information Accessibility Officer, MNIT, State of Minnesota

Jay Wyant is Minnesota's first Chief Information Accessibility Officer, or CIAO! He leads the Office of Accessibility at the State of Minnesota. The Office of Accessibility works with Minnesota state agencies to imbed accessibility into the State’s culture. We collaborate with agency and MNIT partner Digital Accessibility Coordinators to empower agencies with effective and sustainable polices, processes, tools, procedures that ensure digital government operations and services are accessible and usable for all.
Prior to becoming CIAO, Wyant worked in a wide range of industries and careers, including marketing director of one of the nation’s largest captioning services providers, product marketing director of an internet computing startup, head of a webcast services provider, author of telecommunications technology training programs, and teacher of U.S., Modern European, Japanese, and Chinese history to high school students.

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Agenda

Tuesday, August 20

8:00 am Central

Registration and Morning Refreshments in the Exhibit Area

Ballroom Level Concourse

9:00 am Central

Opening Remarks

Grand Ballroom B/C/D

Tarek Tomes, Commissioner and Chief Information Officer, MNIT, State of Minnesota

9:15 am Central

Keynote – The Age of Digital Disruption: Moving Forward, Faster

Grand Ballroom B/C/D

Technology advancements continue to disrupt at a swifter pace than ever before. 2023 witnessed the impact of AI in all sectors, and this year the public sector is required to adapt and adopt at a speed unheard of in the past. For the rest of our careers, intelligence will be built into all devices, applications, and processes. This changes how we must think about the use of data and the integration of humans and machines. What are the crucial strategies for adapting to and maximizing the benefits of these advancements? This session will have you ready to move forward at high speed as it paints a vibrant picture showing how synthetic intelligence can amplify current systems and our workforce.

Scott Klososky, Technologist, Futurist, Humanist, Author, and Consultant

10:15 am Central

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

Ballroom Level Concourse

10:45 am Central

Concurrent Sessions

Envisioning the Future of Technology

Meeting Room 5/6

We can’t afford to be complacent when technological advancements have a chance to drive meaningful and positive change for all. Emerging technologies like LLMs and quantum computing will have an impactful place in the public sector for the foreseeable future – but how do we prepare our people, our systems, and our imaginations to utilize and implement what is new? This session illustrates current use cases as well as potential applications for exciting tech in government!

Jaime Wascalus, Director and Chief Information Officer, Office of Technology and Communications, City of St. Paul

Cullen Landrum, Sr Advisory Solutions Consultant, SailPoint

Kenneth Wood, Worldwide Director, IBM Quantum

Keeping Score: Cybersecurity Performance Measurement

Meeting Room 7/8

Ensuring robust cybersecurity is a top priority in today’s digital landscape. How can governments effectively measure and enhance their cybersecurity performance? This session explores key metrics, frameworks, and best practices for assessing cybersecurity, understanding threats, and implementing improvements. Learn to translate performance data into actionable insights, driving strategic decisions and strengthening your organization's security.

Darrin Hanson, Director, System Engineering, Great Lakes SLED, Fortinet

Maria Thompson, Executive Government Advisor, Cybersecurity, Amazon Web Services

Transforming the Government Experience

Meeting Room 4

In an era where technology continually reshapes our world, the true north remains improving the lives of our residents. How can we steadfastly keep our focus and steer our teams to guarantee that technological developments truly benefit the people we serve? Hear insights on how to ensure that our work is deliberate, user-centric, and squarely aimed at uplifting the communities we are dedicated to. Join us to explore strategies and successes that place this principle at the forefront and drive meaningful technological progress and improvements to digital services.

Zarina Baber, Assistant Commissioner, MN IT Services, Office of Transformation and Strategy Delivery, State of Minnesota

Soroush Sedigh, Enterprise Account Executive, Government, Submittable

Advancing DEIA: Leveraging Tech for Inclusive Government

Meeting Room 9

Diversity in IT is critical as governments must be relevant to their constituents while increasing equality and accessibility. How can technology play a role in taking DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility) to the next level? This session will highlight strategies for identifying and closing equity gaps and delve into the importance of accessibility in providing equitable access to all government services. We will also learn about recent digital accessibility requirements that must be planned for. Join us to discover tools and resources for advancing your organization's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility!

Jay Wyant, Chief Information Accessibility Officer, MNIT, State of Minnesota

Jackie Bailey, Vice Chancellor of IT & CIO, Information Technology Services, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

11:45 am Central

Lunch

Grand Ballroom B/C/D

12:45 pm Central

Bits and Bytes – Changemakers: Leadership for Strategic Impact

Grand Ballroom B/C/D

In an era of constant change, it is imperative that leaders can identify and activate influencers who can help get the job done. In this session we will discuss the leadership skills needed to influence and empower changemakers, build resilience within teams, and enhance your ability to lead strategic and effective change.

1:05 pm Central

Short Break

Please proceed to the concurrent sessions.

1:15 pm Central

Concurrent Sessions

Breaking Down Barriers: AI for Digital Equity

Meeting Room 5/6

AI is revolutionizing digital equity, and these innovations are helping ensure that all constituents have access to vital government services. However, critical aspects of privacy, security and governance must be considered. This session highlights real-world use cases where AI and large language models (LLMs) facilitate translations and help new immigrants, the elderly, and first-time adopters, and delves into the tools and strategies you can use to enhance your organization's digital equity footprint.

Hugh Miller, Senior Director and National Technology Strategist, Lumen Technologies

Leading Through Crisis

Meeting Room 7/8

In times of crisis and disruption, strong leadership is crucial to maintaining stability and progress. Fostering hardy relationships, communicating effectively with stakeholders, and navigating challenges with resilience are all skills a leader must possess. In this session we will discuss best practices for enhancing your leadership acumen to maintain continuity and ensure your team and organization are adaptable in the face of uncertainty.

Help Me Help You: Shared Service Governance Models

Meeting Room 4

Recent years have highlighted the necessity for collaboration among jurisdictions and agencies. Sharing services is a significant undertaking—where do you start, and how can it be governed effectively? Join us to discuss best practices and strategies for finding common ground, selecting the right technology resources, prioritizing projects, and managing the policies and requirements involved. In this session you will learn how to navigate the complexities of shared services to enhance efficiency and collaboration.

Exclusive Briefing for Industry Partners

Meeting Room 9

Hosted by: Tarek Tomes, Commissioner and Chief Information Officer, MNIT, State of Minnesota

2:15 pm Central

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

Ballroom Level Concourse

2:35 pm Central

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

Grand Ballroom B/C/D

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.

Mark Weatherford, Senior Fellow, The Centers for Digital Government and Public Sector AI

3:45 pm Central

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Area

Ballroom Level Concourse

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

4:15 pm Central

End of Conference

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

Saint Paul RiverCentre

175 West Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 265-4800

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Advisory Board

Government Representatives

Zarina Baber
Assistant Commissioner and Chief Transformation Officer
MNIT
State of Minnesota

Jackie Bailey
Vice Chancellor of IT & CIO
Information Technology Services
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Vijay Bhaskar
Chief Business Technology Officer
MNIT, MN Pollution Control Agency, Board of Water and Soil Resources
State of Minnesota

Paul Cameron
Chief Information Officer
City of Minneapolis

Amy Cheney
Chief Information Officer
City of Bloomington

Jenna Covey
Chief Business Technology Officer
MNIT, Department of Natural Resources
State of Minnesota

Jon Eichten
Deputy Commissioner
MNIT
State of Minnesota

Chetan Ganatra
Chief Information Officer
Ramsey County

Glen Gilbertson
Chief Information Officer
Information Technology
Hennepin County

Tommi Godwin
Director of Strategic Planning
MNIT
State of Minnesota

Justin Hennes
Chief Information Officer
Information Technology
Minneapolis Public Schools

Robert James
Information Technology Director
City of Woodbury

Adam Larson
Chief Information Officer
Information Technology
Washington County

Abdeslam Mazouz
Chief Information Security Officer
City of Minneapolis

Lisa Meredith
Executive Director
Minnesota Counties Computer Cooperative

Drew Nelson
Deputy Director
Office of Technology and Communications
City of St. Paul

Timothy Ogg
Chief Business Technology Officer
MNIT, Small Boards and Commissions
State of Minnesota

Matt Peabody
Director of Information Technology Solutions
ITS
Olmsted County

Melissa Reeder
Chief Information Officer
League of Minnesota Cities

John Rindal
Chief Business Technology Officer
MNIT, Dept of Administration, Dept of Human Rights, Bureau of Mediation Services
State of Minnesota

Kim Roberson
Deputy Chief Business Technology Officer
MNIT, Department of Transportation
State of Minnesota

Tyrone Spratt
Chief Business Technology Officer
MNIT, Department of Agriculture, Board of Animal Health, Department of Labor & Industry
State of Minnesota

Chad Thuet
Human Resources Director
MNIT
State of Minnesota

Tarek Tomes
Commissioner and Chief Information Officer
MNIT
State of Minnesota

Craig Troska
Chief Technology Officer
Information Technology
Hennepin County

Jaime Wascalus
Director and Chief Information Officer
Office of Technology and Communications
City of St. Paul

Jay Wyant
Chief Information Accessibility Officer
MNIT
State of Minnesota

Industry Representatives

Matt Bailey
Technology Sales Leader
IBM

Chris Campbell
Senior Account Manager
Amazon Web Services

Amy Niemi
Account Director
Lumen

Joey Peterson
Major Account Manager
Fortinet

Richard Rossman
Sales Director
SailPoint

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

Timiko Watkins
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 932-1314
E-mail: twatkins@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

Saint Paul RiverCentre

175 West Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 265-4800

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Parking

The Parking Ramp is located directly across the street from the Saint Paul RiverCentre and is connected via skyway system. The ramp has a one-time daily fee paid upon entry, regardless of number of hours parked.
The parking fee typically is between $10-$25/day, depending on other event traffic in the area.
Information on entrance points, parking rates and directions to the RiverCentre can be found at the following Front Door Parking link: www.rivercentre.org.

Accommodations

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