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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

I hope you will join us for the NC Digital Government Summit 2024. This event provides those of us in public-sector IT, along with our vendor partners, an opportunity to come together for insightful and meaningful conversations around the latest topics in our industry. We will hear from leading-edge experts and our colleagues from around the state, about how they are tackling some of the common challenges we are all facing as well as the innovative ways they are meeting the needs of North Carolinians.

- James Weaver, Secretary and Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina

Speakers

James Weaver

James Weaver

Secretary and Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina 

James "Jim" Weaver joined the N.C. Department of Information Technology in March 2021, with more than 30 years of leadership and management in the IT industry. 
As secretary and state chief information officer, he leads the agency responsible for strategic IT planning and the procurement and delivery of IT services and solutions as well as cybersecurity and efforts to expand broadband access and affordability across North Carolina. 

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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.

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Dan Lohrmann

Dan Lohrmann

Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government 

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author. He led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 to August 2014, including as enterprise-wide chief security officer (CSO), chief technology officer (CTO) and chief information security officer (CISO). During his distinguished career, he has served both the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities including advising senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Throughout his career he has received numerous national awards including CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.

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Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett

Global Chief Technologist, Data and AI Solutions, Dell Technologies 

Chris Bennett currently serves as Global CTO for AI and Data Solutions at Dell Technologies, where his principal focus is on advising clients on how to leverage AI to achieve business outcomes. With Dell since 2007, Chris has held key roles in customer and partner engagement and in developing cloud automation platforms. Prior to Dell, he led technology teams in telecommunications and banking. Passionate about tech innovation, Chris stays at the forefront of AI, data analytics, and cloud computing trends. He believes strongly in technology's transformative potential to drive human progress.

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Vinod Brahmapuram

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Senior Director, Security, Lumen 

Vinod Brahmapuram is Senior Director of Security for state and local government and education markets at Lumen Technologies. With more than 25 years of information technology experience, Vinod has held cybersecurity leadership positions in three states, advising governors and legislators on key cyber issues. Before joining Lumen, he served as the State Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Washington.

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Keith Briggs

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Director of Enterprise Architecture & Innovation, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina

Appointed to the Information Technology Strategy Board by N.C. Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, Keith Briggs is director of enterprise architecture and innovation for the N.C. Department of Information Technology. He is committed to innovation and continuous improvement.
Briggs has 25 years’ experience in technology leadership in data centers management, cloud, application infrastructure, application development, IT service management and information security. He has primarily worked for the private sector in the financial, technology manufacturing and health care industries.
Briggs joined NCDIT in June 2022. He was appointed to the IT Strategy Board prior to joining NCDIT. At the time, he was chief information officer for the N.C. Department of Insurance, a position he held since 2018.
Briggs holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree from Texas Christian University.

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Bonnie Brown Ph.D.

Bonnie Brown Ph.D.

Chief Data Officer, Wake County 

As the Chief Data Officer of Wake County, North Carolina, Dr. Bonnie Brown serves the people who live, work, and play, thereby empowering evidence-based decision-making. With over 20 years of experience in various IT roles, Dr. Brown’s areas of concentration are technology adoption, building communities of practice, and organizational change management as it relates to the practice of data.

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Christie Burris

Christie Burris

Chief Data Officer, North Carolina Department of Information Technology

Christie Burris was appointed as the state's chief data officer with the N.C. Department of Information Technology in January 2024.
She leads NCDIT's statewide development of enterprise data strategies, including management, privacy and governance across all platforms. As director of NCDIT's Government Data Analytics Center, she also guides the state's use of integrated data to support public safety, fraud, compliance, healthcare, finance and performance and policy decision analysis.
An award-winning communications executive with experience in industries from radio and television to public housing and insurance, Burris joined the N.C. Health Information Exchange Authority, within GDAC, in 2016. She became its executive director in December 2017 and oversaw the ongoing strategy to develop a mature and modernized state-designated health information exchange, NC HealthConnex, and support health care providers in fulfilling the state mandate for data connections.
Burris holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Government Chief Information Officer Certification from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government. She received a State Leadership award from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers in 2019.

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Dr. Greg Byrd

Dr. Greg Byrd

Associate Director, IBM Quantum Innovation Center, North Carolina State University 

Dr. Greg Byrd is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC), and the executive director of the IBM Quantum Innovation Center at NC State. His research interests include the implementation of quantum algorithms, quantum error mitigation and correction, and parallel computer architecture. He is the vice-chair of the IEEE-CS Quantum Technical Community, and a founding organizer of the IEEE Intl. Conf. on Quantum Computing and Engineering, for which he has served as program chair, finance chair, and general chair.

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Michaela Caudill

Michaela Caudill

Senior Data & Program Manager, Beeck Center at Georgetown University

Michaela Caudill (she/her) is the Senior Data + Program Manager for the Digital Service Network project at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University. In her role, she focuses on network development, strategy, and growth to support government practitioners within our network to share best practices, discuss challenges and solutions, and carry out mission objectives. She is passionate about utilizing data and technology to drive more informed decision-making and more equitable systems.
Michaela is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Analytics from Georgetown University and graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Intelligence Analysis with a double minor in Asian Studies and Chinese (Mandarin).

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Stephanie Curcio

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Manager, Advisory, KPMG 

Stephanie is an accomplished Manager within KPMG's Infrastructure, Capital Projects, and Climate Advisory Practice, specializing in strategic, commercial, and financial advisory for transportation, real estate, and utilities sectors.
With 10 years of experience, she guides public sector clients through the development and implementation of capital projects, ensuring alignment with government objectives. Stephanie's expertise includes driving economic, fiscal, and spatial impact analyses to make informed investment decisions, resulting in successful project implementations and community enhancement.

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Mick DiGrazia

Mick DiGrazia

Senior Director of Enterprise Operations, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina 

Mick DiGrazia is the Senior Director of Enterprise Operations, North Carolina Department of IT, where he provides leadership in delivering application and infrastructure services to Citizens and 375 state agencies, local government, and educational institutions in North Carolina. With over 25 years of experience in IT leadership in State Government, Higher Education, and Healthcare, Mick has served in various capacities, delivering services in Infrastructure, Applications, Cloud Services, Identity Management, Information Security, and Risk and Compliance. As a change leader, DiGrazia has lead organizational transformation through automation and cloud technologies leveraging collaboration and community, in order to modernize and streamline institutional practices.

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Jonathan Feldman

Jonathan Feldman

Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services Department, Wake County

Jonathan Feldman is an award-winning Chief Information Officer, speaker, and writer. He has been recognized for his positive impact on the communities he serves by the Frost & Sullivan CIO Impact Award and inclusion in Government Technology’s Top 25 Dreamers, Doers, and Drivers, and he is frequently listed among top CIO and IT practitioners. Jonathan is widely acknowledged as a pioneer of cloud computing, digital transformation, and civic tech, with Forbes calling his efforts “IT done right.”  
Jonathan’s success leading government technology led him to co-author Code for America’s book, “Beyond Transparency” with Tim O’Reilly and others. His column with InformationWeek magazine, which won an American Society of Business Publication Editors award, started many industry conversations about positive IT transformation. He has spoken all over the world about civic technology, the future of work, talent management, leadership, and digital transformation, and is often quoted in the media about these topics. He is active on social media both to learn and to share and tweets at @_jfeldman.

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Joey Harrison

Joey Harrison

Human Resources Director, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina 

Joey Harrison has served as the N.C. Department of Information Technology’s human resources director since October 2017.
In this role, Harrison leads the Human Resources Division and is responsible for guiding the development of human resources programs and practice for the agency. 
His team manages and guides critical organizational support functions involving recruitment and selection, classification and compensation, employee relations, workforce development, diversity and inclusion, performance management, benefits administration, safety and health, and HRIS administration.
Harrison is a career state employee with more than 27 years of service. He has worked in a variety of human resources roles at other agencies, including five Cabinet and two Council of State agencies. 
A native of Wake County, Harrison earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University. 

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Raju Gadiraju

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Chief Information Officer, Division of Employment Security, Department of Commerce, State of North Carolina

Raju is an IT executive with 25 years of professional experience in the information technology field. Raju joined the Division of Employment Security, NC Department of Commerce in July 2016 as their Chief Information Officer. Raju works with the assistant secretary, senior executives and directors to set business priorities and develop the supporting IT strategy at NCDES.
Prior to joining at NCDES, Raju worked at Oxford University Press for approximately six years. He held the position of US IT Director, served as the Head of Software Development and Content Systems for Global Academic business unit. Prior to that, Raju worked as the VP and CIO of a technology services company in Morrisville, NC. Raju graduated with a master’s degree in Computer Science from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL. For more information on his professional experience, please refer to his LinkedIn profile, linked above.

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Tommy Gardner

Tommy Gardner

Chief Technology Officer, HP Federal, HP Inc.

Tommy Gardner is HP’s Chief Technology Officer for HP Federal, spanning the US Federal Agencies, Higher Education, K-12 Education, State and Local government customer segments, as well as Federal Systems Integrators. His current responsibilities include technology leadership, strategic technology plans, product and technology strategies, sales force technical support, and customer and partner relationships.
Previously, Tommy has served as the Chief Technology Officer for Jacobs Engineering, Scitor, and ManTech. Earlier in his career he was a senior technical executive at Raytheon. In the U.S. Navy he served as the Deputy for Science and Technology for the Chief of Naval Research. He oversaw the Navy’s Deep Submergence Program as well as its Advanced Technology Program. He also commanded the nuclear submarine, USS San Juan (SSN 751).
Tommy’s educational background covers multiple disciplines and fields of interest including: cybersecurity, data science, blockchain, quantum information science, artificial intelligence, high performance computing and systems integration.
Tommy holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, an M.S. in Management of Technology from MIT and a Ph. D. in Energy Economics from George Washington University. He is a Professional Engineer, an ASME Fellow, and serves on the ASME Board of Governors, the ANSI Board of Directors and the U. S. Council on Competitiveness as the Co-chair of the Advanced Computer Roundtable.

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Amy Hepler

Amy Hepler

Lead UX/Accessibility Developer, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina 

Amy Hepler is an International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) certified Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) and a seasoned developer with over 25 years of experience. As the lead UX/accessibility developer on the state’s Digital Commons platform, she ensures the platform meets high standards of accessibility and user experience. Additionally, Amy founded and leads the Accessibility Community of Practice (CoP) at the state, along with a small core team. She is also responsible for writing the recently adopted State of NC Digital Accessibility and Usability standard.

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Tim Johnson

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Director, IOT Sales – Public Sector and Enterprise West, T-Mobile

Tim Johnson has an extensive tenure leading Emerging Solutions organizations across several industries. He is currently the Director of IoT Sales, Public Sector and Enterprise West Region for T-Mobile. In this role he leads teams to provide Federal, State, Local and Education communities with connected solutions which Enable Opportunity, and, for Enterprises do either do something they’ve never done before, or do something better, utilizing IoT Connectivity. He has held several leadership roles in sales and Product/Business Development where he drove IoT/Connected Community Eco-system growth, including advanced transportation/mobility solutions.

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Mike Lauer

Mike Lauer

National Director, Public Sector Programs, Fortinet

Mike Lauer, National Director of Public Sector Programs at Fortinet, has over 20 years expertise supporting and advising State Government leaders on SLED initiatives as a former Chief Technology Officer and Architect for the State of Iowa and multiple agencies.

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Steve Rao

Steve Rao

Council Member, Town of Morrisville 

Steve Rao is a prominent political figure and entrepreneur based in North Carolina. He is recognized for his extensive public service and contributions to the community. Rao serves on the Morrisville Town Council and has held this position since 2011, demonstrating a long-standing commitment to local governance and civic engagement.
Since 2011, Rao has been an influential voice in the Morrisville Town Council, advocating for policies that promote economic growth, technology, and innovation. His work focuses on improving the quality of life for residents and fostering a vibrant community.
Rao has also served as the Mayor Pro Tem of Morrisville, where he played a pivotal role in various developmental projects and initiatives aimed at enhancing the town’s infrastructure and services. He has served as an advocate for the Town of Morrisville's smart city initiative, a nationally recognized leader in this area by IDC and recent winner of the Global CIO Symposium Award.
Beyond his political career, Rao is an accomplished technology entrepreneur. He has founded and led several successful tech startups, contributing significantly to the tech industry in North Carolina and beyond. He also hosts the Leaders Show, on Radio Nyra, the largest South Asian Radio Station in the Research Triangle.
Rao has a strong background in business development, working with numerous companies to help them grow and succeed. His expertise in this area has been instrumental in driving economic development and attracting investments to the region.
Council Member Rao is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion and served on the NC League Of Municipalities Race and Equity Task Force. He works tirelessly to promote representation and equality within the community, striving to create opportunities for all individuals, regardless of their background.
He is actively involved in various educational initiatives, aiming to enhance learning opportunities for students and support the development of future leaders. Rao believes in the power of education to transform lives and communities.
Rao is a sought-after public speaker and frequently appears in media to discuss topics related to politics, technology, and community development. He uses these platforms to raise awareness and drive positive change. Rao serves as a Political Commentator on WPTF Radio, hosting his own show, Wake County Round Up, as a Political Analyst on Statelines and Black Issues Forum on PBS Carolinas and an Opinion Writer for WRAL Tech Wire.
Rao is a dedicated family man, balancing his professional and public service commitments with his responsibilities as a husband and father. His family’s support plays a crucial role in his success and motivation. He resides in Morrisville with his college sweetheart, Dr. Komal Parekh and his children, Sonia (UNC Chapel Hill 2024 Graduate) and Rayan (Sophomore at NC State)
Throughout his career, Rao has received numerous awards and recognitions for his contributions to public service, technology, and community development. Most recently, he has been selected as a Hunt Institute Fellow and has served as a Board Member to the New American Economy. (Now American Immigration Council)..
These accolades highlight his impact and dedication to making a difference.

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Rob Reynolds

Rob Reynolds

Chief Information Officer, Orange County

Robert Reynolds is the Chief Information Officer for Orange County, North Carolina. As a trusted thought leader with over 25 years of demonstrated success, Robert helps organizations in establishing strategic vision, creating digital transformation strategies, nurturing innovation, and building collaborative relationships across the enterprise, thereby helping lead organizations and their technology initiatives to successful outcomes.
During his career, Robert has consulted for the federal government and corporate clients helping them to improve operations and IT security. Robert has held senior leadership positions in corporate, State and Local Government organizations with extensive IT operations and security experience in law enforcement and military high value mission critical environments. Robert holds a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and an MBA from the University of Maryland. He also holds the CISSP, MCSE, and Certified Government Chief Information Officer (CGCIO) certifications.
Robert is an active member of FBI InfraGard, ISSA, ISC2 Raleigh Chapter and the U.S Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force. Robert has also served in the United States Navy.

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Rob Sauerwalt

Rob Sauerwalt

Vice President, Customer Success Leader, IBM Public Market 

Rob Sauerwalt is the Vice President of Customer Success for the Public and Federal Market at IBM. The mission of the Customer Success community is to help clients adopt and transition to the cloud, catalyze widespread adoption of IBM Cloud in the market, and elevate the cloud acumen of other IBMers, with client engagement roles. Customer Success Managers bridge the gap between traditional sales, technical sales, architects and evangelist, bringing clarity to clients about their optimal path forward in cloud.
He has an offering management background. Over his 21 year career with IBM, he has incubated emerging technologies to deliver cloud solutions, next generation platforms, compositional application architectures, and service oriented delivery models.
Rob has received the IBM Chairman’s Award for Excellence as a founding member of the IBM BladeCenter program and spent a year as the IBM Industry Fellow at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Prior to joining IBM, Rob spent 10 years in the information technology distribution industry.

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Mike Ware

Mike Ware

Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Services, NC Department of Environmental Quality

Michael Ware works for the North Carolina Department of Information Technology and serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.  Michael has 22 years of IT leadership experience and is a 24-year veteran of the US Air Force.  Over the years, Michael accumulated a robust range of IT experience with numerous domestic and international business partners across a diverse portfolio of technologies. 
Michael began his career in the Air Force in 1990 and served as an aircraft avionics technician before commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in August 2002.  He served in a variety of leadership positions throughout his career and a veteran of multiple campaigns and several overseas operations including Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. 
During Michael’s Air Force career, he was the Director of Operations for the 83rd Network Operations Squadron, where he directed network operations for half of the Air Force’s Information Network.  He led IT operations during deployments to Bosnia and Iraq (twice) supporting IT networks in dynamic situations working with a host of international contractors.  He also served as the Operations Flight Commander for the largest Communications squadron in the Air Force, the 86th Communications Squadron, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.   
After he retired from the Air Force, Michael joined the Department of Information Technology in November 2014 and was assigned as the CIO for DEQ in October 2016.  In this role, he provides IT leadership, strategic direction, and day-to-day operational oversight for 72 IT professionals supporting the department’s 1600+ employees. 
Michael holds an MBA from Webster University and a BS in Management Information Systems from National American University.  He completed the Certified Government Chief Information Officer program at UNC Chapel Hill.  Michael and his wife, Julie, have two sons: Collin and Carson.

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Mark Wittenburg

Mark Wittenburg

Chief Information Officer, City of Raleigh

Mark Wittenburg is the Chief Information Officer for the City of Raleigh. Mark has extensive public sector experience working with city and regional leaders in Arizona and now North Carolina to develop strategic direction and manage IT operations. His knowledge helped advance initiatives such as deploying smart water meters to conserve water, advancing regional digital equity by accelerating 5G and fiber installation, and building a culture that embraces innovation. Mark brings that same passion for public service to Raleigh, leveraging thoughtful and appropriate technology to advance the priorities of the community.

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Agenda

Thursday, August 15

8:00 am Eastern

Registration and Morning Refreshments in the Exhibit Area

Reception Area/Ballroom A

9:00 am Eastern

Opening Remarks

Ballroom B

Jim Weaver, Secretary and Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina

9:15 am Eastern

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

Ballroom B

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

10:10 am Eastern

Bits and Bytes – GIS Showcase

Ballroom B

Mapping the Future: GIS Innovations in North Carolina

Accurate data sets and the visualizations derived from them offer insights that can help shape strategic planning and policy decisions. What does that mean for residents and those looking to take advantage of those tools? Join our back-to-back presenters as we first discover how the State of North Carolina is leveraging GIS to enhance their broadband mapping efforts, ensuring better connectivity across the state. Next, learn how the City of Raleigh is utilizing GIS and visualization projects to advance their mission, offering a detailed look at how these tools are driving progress and improving urban planning.

10:50 am Eastern

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

Ballroom A

11:10 am Eastern

Concurrent Sessions

Modernizing For a New Era

Room 303

In an era characterized by rapid technological advancements, the need to adapt our infrastructure and systems to accommodate technologies like Artificial Intelligence, IOT and even quantum computing has become imperative. We must think with an eye to the future if we want to be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities they could provide. This panel session delves into the complexities and challenges associated with preparing our infrastructure for the transformative impact of these cutting-edge technologies.

Moderator: Dan Lohrmann, Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

Chris Bennett, Global Chief Technologist, Data and AI Solutions, Dell Technologies

Dr. Greg Byrd, Associate Director, IBM Quantum Innovation Center, North Carolina State University

Tommy Gardner, Chief Technology Officer, HP Federal, HP Inc.

Designing for All: The Future of the Constituent Experience

Room 302C

Often when we talk about user experience, the conversation focuses on ease-of-use. While making our products more accessible can make human-computer interactions more complicated, a well-designed, accessible system can understand enough about the user to personalize the experience and offer the least-restrictive option to meet that user’s accessibility needs. Join our expert panel as we dive into the intersection of human centered design and accessibility as we look to elevate the constituent experience for ALL North Carolinians.

Moderator: Steve Rao, Council Member, Town of Morrisville

Amy Hepler, Lead UX/Accessibility Developer, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina

Mark Wittenburg, Chief Information Officer, City of Raleigh

Data Governance: Navigating the Present and Shaping the Future

Room 302B

In an era defined by rapid technological advancement and exponential data growth, organizations face unprecedented challenges and opportunities in managing and sharing data effectively. This session delves into the critical considerations and strategies for navigating the complex landscape of data governance and sharing - both now and into the future.

Bonnie Brown Ph.D., Chief Data Officer, Wake County

Christie Burris, Chief Data Officer, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina

Michaela Caudill, Senior Data and Program Manager, Beeck Center at Georgetown University

Tim Johnson, Director, IOT Sales – Public Sector and Enterprise West, T-Mobile

Next Gen Strategic Planning: Keeping Pace

Room 302A

As technology continues to advance at an unprecedented pace, public sector IT organizations face the challenge of evolving their strategic planning processes to remain relevant, effective, and responsive. Can we be agile while being risk averse? How do we effectively keep up when things are seemingly moving so fast? Join our panel as we dive into the future of IT planning and learn how to turn every challenge into an opportunity.

Moderator: Zachary Thorn, Senior National Conference Director, Government Technology

Stephanie Curcio, Manager, Advisory, KPMG

Kerry Goode, Chief Information Officer, City of Durham

Rani Selvaraji, Director of Strategy, Department of Health and Human Services, State of North Carolina

12:10 pm Eastern

Lunch

Ballroom B

12:50 pm Eastern

Student Showcase

Ballroom B

Featuring students and leaders from:

Alamance County Digital Ambassadors

Beaufort County Tech Teams

Governor Morehead School Tech Team

Moderator: Jim Weaver, Secretary and Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina

1:50 pm Eastern

Short Break

Please proceed to the Concurrent Sessions

2:10 pm Eastern

Concurrent Sessions

Demystifying AI – Use Cases to Inspire Your Journey

Room 303

Artificial Intelligence is one of the most talked about technologies inside and outside of government. Machine learning, chatbots, predictive analytics and generative AI are only some of the ways AI is rapidly embedding itself into organizations across the globe. As with any new technology, there are more questions than answers. This session will offer a level set, exploring various terms and definitions as well as real uses cases that are deployable NOW.

Moderator: Keith Briggs, Director of Enterprise Architecture & Innovation, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina

Raju Gadiraju, Chief Information Officer, Division of Employment Security, Department of Commerce, State of North Carolina

Rob Sauerwalt, Vice President, Customer Success Leader, IBM Public Market

Mike Ware, Chief Information Officer, Department of Environmental Equality, State of North Carolina

The Evolving IT Workforce Landscape

Room 302C

Workforce challenges in the public sector are not a new issue – but one that has certainly evolved over the last few years. What skills are ACTUALLY needed to have an effective team in 2024? How can we ensure we have the right people in place to align IT initiatives with business strategies? Are there new approaches to examine as we look to retain and upskill our current staff? This session will provide answers to those questions as we strive to build a robust and dynamic workforce.

Jonathan Feldman, Chief Information Officer, Wake County

Joey Harrison, Human Resources Director, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina

Brooks Raiford, President, North Carolina Technology Association

Future-Proofing IT: Strategies for Resilience and Continuity in 2024

Room 302A

In today’s unpredictable world, the continued operation of government services in a disaster is paramount and safeguarding critical digital infrastructure and data has never been more important. Public sector organizations must collaborate to build resilience against diverse disruptions such as natural disasters and cyber threats. What lessons have we learned post COVID that could be applied? This session provides an in-depth exploration of continuity of operation plans and highlights best practices in IT continuity and recovery.

Moderator: Mick DiGrazia, Senior Director of Enterprise Operations, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina

Vinod Brahmapuram, Senior Director, Security, Lumen

Pokey Harris, Executive Director, North Carolina 911 Board

Mike Lauer, National Director, Public Sector Programs, Fortinet

Rob Reynolds, Chief Information Officer, Orange County

Exclusive Briefing for Industry Partners

Room 301AB

Hosted by: Jim Weaver, Secretary and Chief Information Officer, Department of Information Technology, State of North Carolina

3:10 pm Eastern

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

Ballroom A

3:25 pm Eastern

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

Ballroom B

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.

Dan Lohrmann, Senior Fellow, Center for Digital Government

4:20 pm Eastern

Best of North Carolina Technology Awards

Ballroom B

4:40 pm Eastern

Networking Reception in the Exhibit Area

Ballroom A

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

5:00 pm Eastern

End of Conference

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

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Advisory Board

Government Representatives

Jim Alberque
GIS & Emerging Technology Manager
Information Technology
City of Raleigh

Katina Blue
Associate Vice Chancellor of Information Research & Chief Information Officer
UNC Pembroke

Keith Briggs
Director of Enterprise Architecture & Innovation
Department of Information Technology
State of North Carolina

Christie Burris
Chief Data Officer
Department of Information Technology
State of North Carolina

Ty Byrd
Application Systems Manager
State of North Carolina
Department of Justice

Nicole Coughlin
Chief Information Officer
Town of Cary

Torry Crass
State Chief Risk Officer
Department of Information Technology
State of North Carolina

Mick DiGrazia
Senior Director of Enterprise Operations
State of North Carolina
Department of Information Technology

Reese Edgington
Chief Information Officer
Department of Health and Human Services
State of North Carolina

Joey Ennis
Chief Information Officer
Department of Administration, DMVA, OSBM
State of North Carolina

Rocky Favorito
Director, Information Technology
Information Technology
North Carolina State Ports Authority

Jonathan Feldman
Chief Information Officer
Wake County

Patrick Flemming
Chief Information Officer
Technology Solutions & Distance Learning Division
North Carolina Community College System

Raju Gadiraju
Chief Information Officer
Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security
State of North Carolina

Cherie Givens
Chief Privacy Officer
NC Dept of Information Technology

Kerry Goode
Chief Information Officer
City of Durham

Keith Gregg
Chief Information Officer
Information Services and Technology
Mecklenburg County

Christine Hofer
Chief Information Officer
Office of State Human Resources
State of North Carolina

Torre Jessup
Chief Operating Officer
Department of Information Technology
State of North Carolina

Dan Kempton
Sr Technical Advisor
Department of Information Technology
State of North Carolina

Chris Koltyk
Chief Information Officer
City of Gastonia

Glenn Mack
Chief Information Officer
Department of Public Safety
State of North Carolina

Nicole Meister
Director Of Strategic Communications
Department of Information Technology
State of North Carolina

Glenn Poplawski
State Solutions Director
Department of Information Technology
State of North Carolina

Rob Reynolds
Chief Information Officer
Information Technology
Orange County

Amanda Richardson
Chief Information Officer
NC Dept of Natural & Cultural Resources

Rodney Roberts
Chief Information Officer
Information Technology Department
City of Greensboro

Laura Rodgers
Director of Cybersecurity Practice
North Carolina State University Raleigh

Allan Sandoval
Chief Information Officer
NC Dept of Commerce

Jonathan Shaw
General Counsel
Department of Information Technology
State of North Carolina

Kate Smith
Chief Information Officer
Office of State Controller
State of North Carolina

Beth Stagner
Business Applications Director
Information Technology
City of Raleigh

James Tanzosh
Chief IT Procurement Officer
Department of Information Technology
State of North Carolina

Michael Taylor
Deputy County Manager and Chief Information Officer
Pitt County

Gary Thomas
Chief Information Officer
Office of State Budget and Management
State of North Carolina

Keith Todd
Chief ITS Director
Cumberland County

Mike Ware
Chief Information Officer
Department of Environmental Quality
State of North Carolina

Brian Watkins
Chief Information Officer
NC Dept of Transportation

Jim Weaver
State Chief Information Officer
Department of Information Technology
State of North Carolina

Mark Wittenburg
Chief of Technology Services
Information Technology
City of Raleigh

Industry Representatives

Brent Collins
Major Accounts Manager, SLED
Fortinet

Maureen Denardo
Technology Leader, State of North Carolina
IBM

Don Katello
Senior Manager
State Government
T-Mobile

Brent Morgan
Senior Account Director
Lumen

Manny Veloza
Core Senior Account Executive
Dell Technologies

Caitlin Walsh
Director, Advisory
KPMG

Registration Information / Contact Us

Event Date: August 15, 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:

Sherri Tidwell
Government Technology
Phone: (916) 932-1382
E-mail: stidwell@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

Raleigh Convention Center

500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 996-8500

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Parking

There are self-park options available surrounding the Raleigh Convention Center.
The closest parking will be at the Marriott Underground parking structure for $3 an hour with a $15 daily maximum.
Location and access information can be found here.

 

Accommodations

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